BOSTON, November 8 – US President-elect Obama’s aunt intends to fight a deportation order and hopes to remain in the United States, her immigration lawyer said Saturday.
Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong said she may file a motion to reopen Onyango’s case or file an appeal for her to stay on humanitarian grounds.
She would not discuss Onyango’s reasons for seeking asylum.
Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as "Aunti Zeituni" in Obama’s memoir, is staying with relatives in Cleveland after fleeing her public housing apartment in Boston. She had been living there for the last five years.
Onyango, Obama’s father’s half-sister, was ordered to leave the country in 2004 by an immigration judge who rejected her request for asylum from Kenya.
In a statement last week, the Obama campaign said the candidate "has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed."
The campaign also promised to return Sh20, 000 that Onyango had contributed over several months.