Thursday, May 20, 2010
Little girl asks if president is "taking everybody away" that doesn't have papers like her mom.
First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Washington-area school yesterday with Mexican first lady Margarita Zavala.
While sitting in a circle with other students and the first ladies, the young girl expressed concern about her mother’s legal status. Here is the brief exchange:
Student: "My mom said, I think that she says that, Barack Obama is going to take away everybody that doesn't have papers."
Obama: "Yeah, well, that's something that we have to work on, right? To make sure that people can be here with the right kind of papers, right? That's exactly right," she said.
Student: "But my mom doesn't have any."
Obama: "[W]ell we have to work on that; we have to fix that and everybody's got to work together in Congress to make sure that happens."
The school did not release the name of the student.
Immigration officials said this morning that they will not deport the little girl’s mother.
“ICE is a federal law enforcement agency that focuses on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes criminal aliens who pose a threat to our communities," Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Homeland Security Department, said in an e-mail to news outlets. "Our investigations are based on solid law enforcement work and not classroom Q and As.”