(CNN) – A member of Barack Obama's Kenyan family living in the United States is facing a possible immigration issue: the Associated Press reports that an aunt he speaks about in his memoirs is living in the United States illegally.
The AP says she remain in government housing in Boston, even though an immigration judge denied her request for asylum four years ago.
Zeituni Onyango's refusal to leave the country would be an administrative violation, not a criminal matter.
CNN has not been able to independently verify her immigration status.
The Obama campaign has not yet responded to a CNN request for comment.
Obama called the woman "Aunt Zeituni" in his memoirs, where he described her as the first Kenyan relative he encountered on his visit to his father's home country.
Onyango has donated at least five times to Obama's campaign in July and September, listing her occupation as a "volunteer resident health advocate." Federal campaign finance records indicate several contributions in amounts of $5 and $25.
Updated 11:37 a.m.: Bill Burton, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, issued the following statement in response to the AP's reporting about Sen. Obama's aunt: "Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed. "
Report something worthwhile.... and Bush and Cheney should be in prison for defying the constitution
OK, so this affects the economy how?
A lot of families can relate to this. treat her like anyone else.
and this is important because.....?
It is amazing what this guy has to go through but I know that the Lord is with him...
When will a serious investigation begin into Senator Obama’s citizenship? This issue is legitimate, has not been answered with an honest, forthright approach and speaks to the very heart of our Constitutional protection. While it may be an awkward time to seriously ask the question and investigate, it is also incumbent upon the Constitutionally protected American media to provide the American public with certain protections when the very fabric of the Constitution is at risk of degradation.
There are now enough evidence, witnesses, and questions to warrant a review and you CNN should take the lead on this.
This Aunt is harming who?????
Grandmas for Obama
Pardon for asking, but what possible relevance to the election is anything about a (half)-sister of a father that abandoned Obama when he was born?
I think the Me-Too Media is getting led around by their noses by this stuff.
I don't know how relevant this is but it is really a surprise? Almost all "revelations" like this have cut against Obama and his message of hope, change, and caring for each other. There appears to be a disconnect between what Obama says and who he is.
Even Dems HAVE to admit that Obama has some shady characters in his past and there are some questions about who he really is. The degree to which this is a factor in the election is absolutely debatable. It may be that Dems don't care, don't want to hear it, or just want anything but George W. Bush and John McCain, but the truth is there are a lot of unanswered questions about Senator Obama and he doesn't seem to be in a rush to answer them. That is undeniable.
Wonderful use of my tax dollar going to house an illegal relative of Obama...soon our tax dollars will go to house, feed, and provide medical care to 10 million illegal imigrants that are hiding out in our country and who are not contributing. Soon Obama will tell them they can stay and they will invite their relatives to come over too. Funny how Obama's tax increase has slowly changed from $250,000 to $200,000 to 150,000 to 120,000....he will NEVER be able to fill the empty promises he has delivered and soon after the election if he wins, they will begin to prepare people for the changes that are coming. Not the ones promised. I am disgusted at the STUPID people in our country who blindly will hand over our country to be run by a person with no paper trail, questionable friends and supporters, and who does not have any executive experience other than being a junior senator for 4 years. Wake up America before it is too late!
What about obama? He has not show prove that he is a us citizen?
So what CNN? Who cares? What does this have to do with the election?
And this is news because?
And this is news why???? Man CNN is getting really desperate.
And? This is so irrelevant. Oh, wait...here come the righties to cry
"he's not an american citizen!"
Wow. And this is important because?
Whew! CNN almost went 10 minutes without a negative Obama story.
Meanwhile, McCain still hasn't released Palin's medical records as promised.
Why don't you report that she lives in a slum? Where is Obama's generocity? Are we really to believe that he is going to help Americans when he doesn't even help his relatives? Obama and Biden are real generous with other's people money but when it comes to their own money they don't spread the wealth. Why not be patriotic and give to charity? Because their both full of crap.
And what has this to do with Senator Obama again? What control did he have over his aunt's life's.
There are probably more "illegals" in America doing good then there are "legals"...She is just one of them caught up in red tape. And yes, I was born here and legal so don't misconstrue my opinion...
please don't let this actually amount to anything...
Is this the best dirt McCain could dig up? If this is Obama's fault, then Cindy's drug addiction is McCain's...... so is Palin's AIP relationship and abuse of power findings. Give me a break.
The media is trying so hard to make this election close to boost their ratings.
You guys put obama under the microscope but let mccain get away with saying whatever he wants. how you do some dumpster diving on mccain?? what about him ditching his first wife for that rich woman???
Oh, wait, this is the Extreme Right's attempt to make a so-called "October Surprise." How pathetic!