Obama’s Aunt Might (Or Might Not) Return To Kenya

Obama's aunt might (or might not) return to Kenya

By Ted Bridis
The Associated Press, June 3, 2009

Washington, DC (AP) — President Barack Obama's aunt who is fighting to remain in the U.S. says she might or might not be heading to Kenya before her next deportation hearing. Such a trip could affect her immigration case.

Zeituni Onyango (zay-TUH'-nee awn-YAHN'-goh) has been living illegally in the U.S. for years. She told the Boston Globe on Wednesday that she would return to Kenya as soon as that evening, but then said she wasn't going. Even if she did leave, she said she planned to be in Boston for her immigration hearing on Feb. 4.

'I'll be there, God willing,' Onyango, 57, told the Globe for a story posted on its Web site. 'I don't know, I'm not a soothsayer. I leave everything to God.'

If a person has an application or a petition for a benefit such as asylum, and that person leaves the country without notifying the federal government, the person is effectively abandoning the petition, a homeland security official told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak about a specific case.
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