Obama’s Kenyan aunt is granted asylum in US

An immigration judge in Boston has granted asylum to President Barack Obama’s Kenyan aunt, allowing her to remain in the United States, her lawyers said on Monday.

The ruling gave Zeituni Onyango, 57, the right to apply for a work permit and put her on track for permanent residency. She could apply for citizenship in about six years.

Onyango, a half-sister of Obama’s father, moved to the United States in 2000 and applied for asylum in 2002, citing violence in Kenya. Her request was initially denied but shecontinued to fight her case, citing health problems.



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