President Obama Meets With Child of Undocumented Immigrants on Cinco de Mayo
Sophie Cruz, 6, met with the Obama and Biden at the White House.
By ALEXANDER MALLIN
May 6, 2016, 1:09 PM
• 3 min read
-- In what is a clear contrast to a widely-panned tweet from Donald Trump, the White House has shared a photo of President Obama meeting with 6-year-old Sophie Cruz, an activist and child of undocumented immigrants.
Cruz is known for her impromptu hug with Pope Francis on his visit to the U.S. last September. She handed the pope a letter calling for him to urge Congress to pass immigration reform, explaining that both her parents are undocumented workers from Mexico.
Because of her parent’s legal status, they were not permitted to accompany her to the White House for the Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday.
The White House shared photos of both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meeting with Cruz privately before the celebration.
Obama said during the reception that his inability to press Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform “has been one of the most frustrating aspects of my presidency.”