A top advisor to Barack Obama on Saturday shrugged off the potential impact of a report that one of the Democratic nominee's Kenyan aunts is an illegal immigrant living in Boston.
"I think people are suspicious about stories that surface in the last 72 hours of a campaign, and they're going to put it in that context," said David Axelrod, Obama's chief strategist.
The Associated Press reported Friday that Zeituni Onyango, a half-sister of Obama's late father, was denied asylum by an immigration judge four years ago. The judge instructed Onyango, a resident of public housing, to leave the United States.
"Sen. Obama has no knowledge of her status, but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws should be followed," campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.