Obama Aunt Can Stay—for Now

The same immigration judge who ordered President Obama’s Kenyan aunt deported twice before now says Zeituni Onyango can remain in the United States until February, when her case will be heard again. Onyango, half-sister of Obama’s deceased father, applied for asylum in 2002, citing political violence in Kenya. She was first ordered deported in 2003, and when her appeals failed, she was again ordered to leave the country in 2004. Defying the order, she continued living in public housing in South Boston, not attracting much attention until a few weeks before the presidential election, when news of her illegal residency broke. The then-senator claimed he didn’t know his aunt was living in the country illegally, but activists against illegal immigration were outraged, saying she wasn’t deported because she was related to Obama.