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Should 'pop quiz' second-grader get White House visit?

The second-grader who sprung an immigration question on first lady Michelle Obama during a school visit would like a tour of the White House. Read the article.

By Andrea Caumont  |  May 21, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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No. She should be sent back to her country. What if her mother crashes into, and hurts, an American citizen, on trips to the White House or to the school? Who is going to pay? Would this story continue feeling cute and poignant?

No, it wouldn't. Illegal aliens are getting over on America and compromise our security. Do you realize how many illegal aliens are in Montgomery County that used false residences to get licenses? Thousands. And those in VA that have too many points go to MD to get their licenses. When they get in accidents who pays?

Posted by: jackson641 | May 21, 2010 11:51 AM

I feel sorry for the child. I am assuming she is an American citizen born in the States, but that her mother (or parents, if her dad is around) is illegal.

However, it is hardly a secret that most Mexican women of childbearing age will at least attempt to have a child as soon as possible upon immigrating illgally to the U.S. The chances of deportation are virtually nil in such cases, and it is a smart and logical thing to do given current immigration enforcement, or lack thereof.

The bottom line is that it is her parents who put her in such a situation, not the United States.

Posted by: gadstian | May 21, 2010 12:09 PM

The situation is very sad. It seems that separation from family, detention and removal are more likely the more attention she is given.

Posted by: hollyawallace | May 21, 2010 12:34 PM

People have been immigrating
illegally to the americas since

It's not going to change.

If the 10 of millions of
people living in North and
South America could have
stopped the thugish
hoards from Europe who
slaughtered men, women
and children, they would

So you can talk about
your drivers licenses and
whatever else, but at least
the undocumented workers
are more civil than our
european ancestors.

Posted by: printthis | May 21, 2010 12:45 PM

No. Just because she was encouraged by adults to seek attention with her question, now she demands a trip to the White House? Also with adult encouragement? Is Mom looking for back door assurance that she will not be deported? The President is supposed to work that out for her? Very opportunistic...

Posted by: jadams4 | May 24, 2010 5:12 PM


You want the child to be 'sent back to her country,' but after seeing her on TV, I suspect that her country is the USA, whatever her mother's country of origin is. However the mother arrived, it appears that the child is a native-born citizen of this country, as is frequently the case for children of illegal immigrants. Do you advocate exile for these citizens, visiting the 'sins' of the parents on the children? Or perhaps you would prefer to turn her into a de facto orphan, deporting her mother and adding to the caseload of child protective services and the foster system? There are no easy answers here, and the best option - that of ensuring that the economic opportunities that encourage illegals to come to this country are available in their country of origin - is no quick fix, either. Compassion and discernment are needed, not cut and dried, zero tolerance reactions.

Posted by: jennyp7 | May 25, 2010 10:23 AM

Yes, she and her mother should be deported. She can return as a citizen when she is of age and can support herself. All ILLEGAL aliens should be deported NOW! They are welcome to come here when they follow the rules and come LEGALLY.

Posted by: katesgram | May 25, 2010 11:52 AM

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