(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 am glad that I don't live in the US any more. It seems most of the Americans have gone stupid, and getting worse. If you look at what Obama promises on paper, you will notice he says one thing and then he says the opposite. Thank God I don't live in the US any more and that I live in a country that has oil with a real good standard of living and education. Something the Americans had and have turned their back on, and selling their birth right for a pot of nothing! Obama will destroy what America really stands for, Obama doesn't have anything to offer to the Americans except false hope and empty promises.
He promise to raise taxes on the big corporation, then later he promise to lower the taxes on big corporation. MAKE YOUR MIND UP! That is if you have a half a mind!
This happens every day here with our own citizens. Check Joe's credentials, so far he is a tax evader and owes back child support, totally lied about everything and mccain wants to make him a hero////
Is this the OCtober surprise? Not enough of one.
Why is this just coming out?
Guess what? We had BUSH in office for 8 years>
IT'S ALREADY TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!
Go and read the Timesonline story as well for the full details that they have before posting.
who care if obamas aunt is illigal .she is not running for president.
Some are asking, "Why is this news?" and "So?"
Read the article people. She's here illegally, and she donated to his campaign. That's illegal too.
Leave it to the Republicans to dig this up.
Dose this mean they want a wall around the whole of the USA?
When has a candidate been held for ethics violations as Governor, then run for vice president ?
Why hasn't Palin released her medical records ?
What's next , Obama doesn't eat hot dogs?
You guys should worry more about Palin's Health records being well overdue than a half aunt from Kenya whom hasn't committed a crime.
Please CNN don't make yourselves appear as another another FOX News channel!
what she is not here the right way and us tax payers are paying it lol im pissed
Another example of Obama being less than honest with America. Isn't accepting campaign contributions from foreigners a violation of federal law?
i am very disappointed that CNN is reporting this as news, it is not. go dig and report something about McCain ditching his first wife for a wealthy woman, the wealthy woman's drug addiction and Sarah Failin's abuse of power.
" I am my brothers keeper.......I am my sisters keeper" *
This from Obama's coronation speech.....
* This offer does not apply to family members if I have to use my own money
Are you serious ? CNN? this story is something i would expect from "Fixed News" This is why i watch only MSNBC!
I'lll be glad when AP finally goes broke... coming soon
McCain is so pathetic – Yeah, this is a big October Surprise, isn't it? I'm waiting for the big one about Palin. Anything to do with those medical records maybe?
WHO CARES CNN!!!!!!!!!!??
If you wish to detect political neutrality laced with subliminal raceismyou just have to listen to Lou Dobbs, Parse comments by John k, and analyses the slant of Wolf's questioning and Cooper's emphasis. Really CNN is worse than Fox news. They are doing all they can to advance Obam's foreigness allegations.
Wow, I didn't realize how many people had been hypnotized by Obama's smooth talking...
so what? he who does not know that there are millions of illegal immigrants in this country should raise his hand.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THIS ISSUE IS UNIMPORTANT. IF THIS WAS PALIN'S AUNT, YOU'LL ALL BE ALL OVER HER, CRUCIFYING HER. MAY THE MOCKERS GET WHAT'S COMING......
He must not be very close to her. Otherwise how could he and his wife (in the weathy bracket of $250K+/yr) allow her to live in public housing? I certainly would help my aunt if I were in a similar situation.
If he doesn't care for his family, we need to know this about his character as we vote.
Not "may" but "is" here illegally. And so is Barack...
This story is relevant how...?