Second grader asks Michelle Obama why her husband wants to deport her mother

by Dennis Chin, guest blogger

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama and Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala visited New Hampshire Estates Elementary School.

In a q&a session, one of the second graders told them that her mom “says that Barack Obama is taking everybody away that doesn’t have papers.”  The first lady replied that they have to make sure people living in the United States have the proper citizenship papers.  She responded that her mom doesn’t have any papers, which prompted Michelle Obama to say that “we need to work on that.”


Of course, there’s a ton of nuance that’s missing but this exchange shows what we’re trying to do in the immigrant rights movement.   We’re trying to keep families together – to make sure that this little girl’s mother is able to stay with her and her family in the United States.

(update:  Frank Sharry from America’s Voice has a great article about this young leader in the Huffington Post.  Check it out)

4 responses to “Second grader asks Michelle Obama why her husband wants to deport her mother

  1. This girl has the potential of becaming a very cute miniature Rosa Parks.
    Now this girl will need a Reverend King and a community willing to walk for a year to protect her and her family.
    God bless her and her mother. I will say a prayer

  2. So, LA County is stating that they are paying out between 1 and 1.5 BILLION a year for illegals – not counting education costs.
    It’s not cute anymore. California is reeling from budget cuts – as are most states.
    Dennis Chin- from a country that didn’t cut population in time – no wonder you would want us to take your people’s overflow.
    Our generation was taught (by liberal Sociologists) to control births.
    We did that and shouldn’t now pay for the lack of
    planning and education of other countries.

  3. Dennis Chin

    @Lei: Hi Lei! To be clear, I’m from the United States! My parents immigrated here and I was born here, in NJ in fact!

    I hear you on the LA County statistic. And to some, it’s quite alarming! But check out this article:

    It’s not that simple it seems 🙂

  4. The New York TIMES. And who has bought into that rag but Carlos Slim’s family? Yes, like I would believe anything they say.
    And, there are many COSTS – that are not being calculated. Theft from utilities – getting power in a child’s name and using the child’s social security number – then running out on the bill.
    Cost of business as usual or cost of illegal immigration? You see, I do know how complicated it gets. Also, paying out over $60 an hour for phone translation for rarer languages for Medicaid and other government offices – chalked up to illegal immigration cost? I so doubt it.

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