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Girl Asks Mrs. Obama About Immigration Crackdown

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First lady Michele Obama had a tough question to answer from a little girl concerned about immigration enforcement on Wednesday. The second grader asked whether the president is taking away everyone without papers.


While the two presidents were meeting, Michele Obama took the Mexican first lady to an elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington. There, Ms. Obama faced a poignant question on immigration from a little girl in second grade.

Unidentified Child: My mom (unintelligible) question.

Ms. MICHELE OBAMA: What's her question?

NEARY: The child, whose name was not revealed to reporters, wanted to know if it's true that the president was taking away people who don't have papers. The First Lady told her that it's something being worked on to, quote, "make sure that people can be here with the right kind of papers." The little girl went on to say my mom doesn't have any papers.

The Associated Press cited the principal as saying the school doesnt check the immigration status of students' families.

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