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Zeituni Onyango
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    (May 29, 1952-April 7, 2014)
    Born in Kenya
    Half-sister of Barack Obama, Sr.
    Referred to as 'Aunti Zeituni' in Barack Obama's memoir 'Dreams from My Father'
    Former computer programmer at Kenya Breweries in Nairobi
    Entered the US on a temporary visa (2000)
    Filed for political asylum, citing ethnic violence between the Luo and Kikuyu tribes in Kenya (2002)
    Request was denied (2004)
    Granted a deportation waiver by an immigration judge, giving her legal residency and permission to work in the US (May 17, 2010)
    After her asylum request was denied, she continued living in the US illegally.
    She lived in public housing while an illegal immigrant.
    She also received $700 a month in disability checks.
    She contributed money to her nephew's presidential campaign, which was illegal since was a foreign national.
    She told an interviewer, 'If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen.'
    She moved in with Obama, Sr., when her husband became abusive.
    The Obama campaign returned the $265 she donated.
    When news of her immigration status leaked to the press during the 2008 campaign, she was hounded by paparazzi and curiosity seekers.
    She volunteered as a public health advocate for the Boston Housing Authority and as a computer systems coordinator for Experience Corps, a program in which adults over 55 mentor children in their communities.
    According to the White House, President Obama did not intervene in her 2010 immigration hearing.

Credit: C. Fishel

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