Second-grader puts Michelle Obama on the spot

May 20, 2010

As her husband made his case for sweeping immigration reform in the White House Rose Garden, first lady Michelle Obama got a first-hand peek at the human face of the debate as she visited an elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland, with Mexico’s first lady Margarita Zavala.

Obama answered questions from a group of second graders who wanted to know things like what’s the president’s favorite sport and whether her daughters exercise. But one little girl asked about immigration.

The school did not identify the little girl who posed the question. Montgomery County schools spokesman Dana Tofig said schools are barred by law from asking about students’ immigration status or providing such information to others, The Washington Post reported.

“We won’t help identify the kid. We won’t help identify the parents,” Tofig told the newspaper.

The school’s principal, Jane Litchko, told the Post that she called the little girl’s parents to let them know what had happened. The girl went home as usual at the end of the school day, Litchko was quoted as saying.

Here’s the transcript of the exchange provided by the White House:
STUDENT: Mrs. Obama, I have a question.
MRS. OBAMA: What’s your question?
STUDENT: I have a question. My mom said — my mom said that — I think that she says that Barack Obama is taking everybody away that doesn’t have papers.
MRS. 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.
STUDENT: But my mom doesn’t have … (crosstalk).
MRS. OBAMA: Yeah, well, we have to work on that. We have to fix that, and everybody has got to work together in Congress to make sure that that happens. That’s right.

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Photo Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and Mexico’s first lady Margarita Zavala speak to children about health and fitness during a visit to a Maryland school)

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I don’t want to sound mean but this is one of the issues that AZ intends to address with their new illegal alien law.
If this girl’s mother is in the country illegally, that is a problem.
If they are in the country illegally and attending a public school paid for by US citizens taxes, that is a problem that needs to be addressed and giving amnesty for committing a crime is NOT right.
I don’t have a problem with immigrants coming to our country but illegal aliens are NOT immigrants they are committing a crime.

However, I do have a problem with immigrants being unwilling to integrate themselves into American society. As an example, today at work (mechanic for a trucking company) I had two company trucks come in the shop with Mexican flag decals applied to the side of the trucks and while driving home I see 3 vehicles displaying Mexican flags in windows and on license type plates.

I fail to understand why people, with such a great desire to leave their home country, are so proud of it to be not only unwilling to leave it behind but to shove it in our face expecting us the conform to them, i.e..Mexican holidays, refer to them as Mexican-Americans (pick one) and require us to provide them with Spanish speaking teachers etc…
Again I don’t wish to be mean or nasty about this but illegal aliens in this country is a criminal problem and needs to be dealt with accordingly.

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