(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. "
I agree with the majority who have posted here- This is hardly "news."
Is this the October surprise? A little old lady living in poverty? HEY McCAIN, you are just playing to your base again. Keeping them angry and worked up. That is soooo Country First, NOT. Your campaign of divisive hate is tearing the country apart.
Will the real, honorable McCain please return?
I thought it was illegal for candidates to accept contributions from non-US citizens? But for BO, anything goes.
Oh my God! This SO F...ing silly!!!! Number 1: FAMILY should be OFF-LIMITS in a campaign (even extended family). Number 2, this is a HALF AUNT who Obama is NOT CLOSE TO. Number 3, OBAMA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR HER... what do you want? Obama call immigration and turn in his half aunt? Number 4 Immigration issues are very complicated, you cannot report if you don't know the WHOLE STORY BEHIND... Maybe she is or was under political asylum. Number 5: WHO CARES? The half aunt is not going to AFFECT MY VOTE OR THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY!
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! Is there any ethics left in this country? The press SHOULD BE ASHAMED of THIS STORY and trying to play McCAIN'S SMEAR AND FEAR TACTICS... AND SO TIRED OF THIS. THIS JUST REINFORCES MY DECISION TO VOTE FOR OBAMA! Go OBAMA/BIDEN '08!!!
Well, at least we now know Obama is a real American. Even the future President of the United States is related to freeloaders like the rest of us. The republicans shouldn't mind provided she is cleaning their eight house or taking care of their kids. The like that kind of cheap labor.
Wow the republicans are out in force stating Obama is not a citizen..
The federal government checks these things BEFORE you are put on the ballot...
He is, and always will be a Natural Born Citizen...
Second as one stated, how does one aunt from his father side have anything to do with this election, a father who abandoned him early in his life, who he met ONCE...
Oh please give it up, and quit being desprate..
OBAMA/BIDEN 08 12
CLINTON 16 20!!
THE TIME IS NOW, I AM READY !!
My question is?
If her nephew is a senator why is she still unable to become a citizen?
Is aunti running for president? NOOOOO!
I give more credit to Obama for not using his position in the senate in order to help her aunt.
I hope my son will be like him.
Africa is a free continent,let America welcome the old lady.Was the world not free before colonisaton? Who is An American? Majority of you are from Northern Island/Europe.Where is the native American?
Please make a world a better place to live in and remove your stereotyping behaviour from your neighbours.
Allow her dream come true.
Lots of love to all
the republicans has really proven one thing,that there are some really stupid people in america.you can lie to them,scare the hell of them,and make them believe anything you tell them,by pure suggestion.i am so glad that there are people whom are more into fact ckecking than word of mouth.cnn,this woman obama's aunt,is really off limit to any of this that's going on .now you are bringing his family into this election process,which is totally unfair.you should be ashame of yourself.
You're joking – this is the "best political team on tv"? This is the best you can do, an unverified story on a relative? Give me a break... I'm very close to tuning CNN out...
No wonder Obama wants to open our borders!
what curious timing, to release this the Saturday before the election. coincidence?, probably not. every family has some skeletons, maybe we should investigate all the members of the McCain and Palin families.
Oh thats it!
I was going to vote for Obama because he's brilliant, has a plan to fix the economy, fix healthcare, go after Bin Laden, fix our schools, lower my taxes and change how we are perceived around the world.
But, after this, forget it! Good work, McCain. You've convinced me you're the man for the job..........NOT!
The story about Obama's relative is horrible....When you deport her ..deport the billions of Mexican you have let in illegally and given free housing ..dental and health care and Wic cards for all illegal babies ...Also pay there hospital bill to have babies.
I look at all the fascist republican comments about this issue. I'm struck by one overwhelming thought: regardless if Obama has had any contact with his half-aunt or not, the conservatives would turn their own family members in if the situation was theirs. There is no family "values" when it comes to these people. For you see, the fascists won't even talk about the violence in Kenya that led this woman here. But, since she's black and Obama's relative, well, I guess that makes it all the more life threatening to the American way of life that conservative's hold so dear. CNN, well done. Now when the conservatives write about how unfair the media is, you can always point to this article about how Obama's aunt is a threat to the American way of life. You should pat yourself on the back.
Who the hell cares, your going to ruin this lady's life when you can't even handle the problem of thousands coming into the
US from mexico illegally? Give me a break.
I will Say it again if you vote for McCain and Palin YOU ARE A FOOL!!!!!!!!!
So what if she is illegal????? How many more People in US are legal
McCain will START another WAR
PALIN IS STUPID --It will scare me that she can be PRESIDENT
I just voted early for Obama. Please don't be complacent. Vote early. Call everyone in ur address book to make sure they vote early as well.
If you want to talk about shady characters you need look no further than into Cindy McCain's background. Her father made his money because he went to prison for the Las Vegas Mob and Kemper Marley. It's all there in black and white. Just Google either Jim Hensley or Kemper Marley. Give me a break we all have relatives that we'd probably just as soon forget, but John McCain is living off money that his father-in-law received in not the most respectable way possible.
The McCain's have no idea what it means to be a middle income family or what it's like to live from payday to payday. My husband and I both worked for 40 years and retired with what we thought was a nice savings, but since 2000 that savings has been cut in half, while the Republican's were in control so you know who I'm voting for,,,,,,,OBAMA/BIDEN 08
What about obama? He has not show prove that he is a us citizen?
And this sentence show prove you need an education?
May be an illegal imigrant? She is or isn't?
Find out for sure before you report it.
Lame story. They can't even verify if its true. People always get too jumpy.
John.."investigate Obamas birthplace" ??? Give it a rest and CONCENTRATE on issues. You Republicans have been digging in the trash heap for months trying to find crap on Obama with nothing much to show for it. Be grateful the Dems haven't been looking under McCains bed for useless junk talking points!!! VOTE OBAMA :)
Ah who cares ... I do, what is she doing in govt housing if she isn't a US citizen? I pay taxes, I don't really approve when subsidized programs are abused by citizens, let alone non-citizens.
On top of that, riddle me this: Why, with all the money Mr. O has pulled in as salary from his campaining, doesn't he put a little up to help his loving family out? I believe there is a saying that states "Charity begins at home."