Thursday, May 20, 2010

Video: Second grader prods first lady on immigration

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.”


Chris Lawrence said...

Actually, the kid probably doesn't know it, but this is one of the smartest things she could have done. There is no way her mother will ever be deported now, since that would result in the Obamas being totally crucified in the media.

At the same time she protected her mother, the girl managed to raise an important issue and get major airplay. Very smart kid!

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Anonymous said...

I don't care how stupid the next republican presidential candidate is, I am voting for him or her. I'll never vote democratic again in my lifetime.