Immigration Hits Home for Young Girl and First Lady Michelle Obama

May 19, 2010 12:51pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: During First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to an elementary school in Silver Spring, Md., Wednesday, a second grade female student brought up immigration reform in a very personal way.


The student shyly raised her hand and said, “My mom … she says that Barack Obama is taking everybody away that doesn’t have papers.”

Mrs. Obama replied:”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.”


The girl then said quietly, “But my mom doesn’t have any …” and trailed off.


Mrs. Obama replied: “Well, 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. That’s right.”


The exchange came during a visit with Mexico’s First Lady Margarita Zavala to the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md.


- Karen Travers

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