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Obama aunt who stayed in U.S. illegally dies at 61

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango speaks to The Associated Press during an interview in her home in Boston.  Onyango, whose status as an illegal immigrant was revealed days before Obama was elected in 2008, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, said Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case. She was 61. Wong said she was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango speaks to The Associated Press during an interview in her home in Boston. Onyango, whose status as an illegal immigrant was revealed days before Obama was elected in 2008, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, said Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case. She was 61. Wong said she was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango poses in her home in Boston with a framed photograph of Obama and herself, when he was an Illinois state senator.  Onyango, whose status as an illegal immigrant was revealed days before Obama was elected in 2008, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, said Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case. She was 61. Wong said she was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango poses in her home in Boston with a framed photograph of Obama and herself, when he was an Illinois state senator. Onyango, whose status as an illegal immigrant was revealed days before Obama was elected in 2008, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, said Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case. She was 61. Wong said she was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango speaks to The Associated Press during an interview in her home in Boston.  Onyango, whose status as an illegal immigrant was revealed days before Obama was elected in 2008, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, said Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case. She was 61. Wong said she was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango speaks to The Associated Press during an interview in her home in Boston. Onyango, whose status as an illegal immigrant was revealed days before Obama was elected in 2008, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, said Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case. She was 61. Wong said she was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango speaks to The Associated Press during an interview in her home in Boston.  Onyango, whose status as an illegal immigrant was revealed days before Obama was elected in 2008, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, said Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case. She was 61. Wong said she was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango poses in her home in Boston with a framed photograph of Obama and herself, when he was an Illinois state senator.  Onyango, whose status as an illegal immigrant was revealed days before Obama was elected in 2008, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, said Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case. She was 61. Wong said she was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango speaks to The Associated Press during an interview in her home in Boston.  Onyango, whose status as an illegal immigrant was revealed days before Obama was elected in 2008, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, said Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong, who represented Onyango in her immigration case. She was 61. Wong said she was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

President Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango, who was denied asylum in the United States but stayed illegally for years, died yesterday at age 61.

Onyango, whose immigration status was reported by the Associated Press days before Obama’s election in 2008, had been treated in recent months for cancer and respiratory problems, Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong said. She died in a Boston rehabilitation center, said Wong, who represented her in her immigration case.

Onyango, a half-sister of Obama’s late father, moved from Kenya to the U.S. in 2000 and was denied asylum by an immigration judge in 2004. She remained in the country illegally, living in Boston public housing.

She finally was granted asylum in 2010 by a judge who said she could be in danger if she returned to Kenya because of her relationship with Obama.

Onyango was born in Kenya in May 1952 under a mango tree and was delivered by a midwife, Wong said. She raised a family in Kenya and worked in the computer department of Kenya Breweries, she said.

“She was an awesome, funny, shrewd, smart lady born at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Wong said. “If she was only born in America or born in more Western open society instead of being bogged down by tribes, lineage and being a woman in Kenya, she could have been anything she wanted to be.”

Wong said Onyango had become ill in January and died early yesterday morning in her sleep.

The White House, which had no immediate reaction to Onyango’s death yesterday, had said previously that Obama did not intervene in her immigration case.

Obama, in his memoir Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, affectionately referred to Onyango as Auntie Zeituni and described meeting her during his 1988 trip to Kenya. She helped care for his half-brothers and sister while living with his father, Barack Obama Sr., in Kenya.

This case defies logic. The sitting President of the US has an aunt in the country illegally. On welfare and in public housing. Wrong on so many levels.

Lets not forget about Uncle Omar also GWTW. The same judge that gave this woman a pass also gave Uncle Omar a pass. He was caught driving DUI after almost running into a police car. Was back working at the liquor store pretty quickly.

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