President Barack Obama’s aunt, who lived for years illegally in South Boston, says in her first interview since being granted asylum that the United States has an “obligation” to grant her citizenship.
Zeituni Onyango tells WBZ-TV that she came to the U.S. from Kenya in 2000 but couldn’t afford to leave when she was originally denied asylum in 2004. She says she fell critically ill and was hospitalized. When she was discharged, she lived in a homeless shelter for two years before being assigned public housing.
She says she never asked for public assistance.
She also says President Obama, whom she referred to as “my child,” never intervened in her immigration case.
Onyango still lives in public housing and collects $700 monthly disability.
Click here to watch the WBZ-TV interview.