A federal judge on Monday granted asylum to President Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt, Zeituni Onyango, who had been in the country illegally, according to reports.

Onyango, 58, had previously been denied to requests to stay in the country after she moved to the United States in 2000. She was ordered to be deported in 2004, but has been living in a Boston housing project for several years.

Her attorney said in February she was seeking asylum due to medical problems related to Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disorder she says she suffers from, and because of threats of tribal violence in Kenya.

The public learned she was living in the country illegally soon before the 2008 presidential election.

She is the half-sister of Obama's late father.