Seven-year-old girl`s query puts Michelle Obama in a spot

Last Updated: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 16:17

Washington: US President Barack Obama`s wife, Michelle Obama, was put in an embarrassing position when a seven-year-old girl asked whether her mother would be deported for being an illegal immigrant. Authorities later said that the girl`s mother won`t be deported.

Michelle was on a visit with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala to the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland when she took questions from the young students.

The girl said: "My mom... she says that Barack Obama is taking everybody away that doesn`t have papers."

Michelle responded: "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 continued: "But my mom doesn`t have any papers."

To which Michelle 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."

A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the girl`s mother will not be deported, CBS News reported on Thursday.

"ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is a federal law enforcement agency that focuses on smart, effective immigration enforcement that prioritises criminal aliens who pose a threat to our communities," Matt Chandler, DHS assistant press secretary, was quoted as saying.

"Our investigations are based on solid law enforcement work and not classroom Q and As."

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First Published: Friday, May 21, 2010 - 16:17

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