A seven year-old Maryland girl who asked First Lady Michelle Obama about immigration earlier this week would like to visit the White House.
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Silver Spring, Maryland
The 7-year-old put a human face on the issue Wednesday when she told the first lady during an elementary school visit that her mother had said President Barack Obama was "taking everybody away that doesn't have papers." Then she said her mother "doesn't have papers."
Mrs. Obama tried to reassure her that the president was working to solve the immigration problem and "everybody's got to work together in Congress to make sure that that happens."
A day later, the girl's mother declined to talk but permitted a brief interview with the girl on the condition that their names not be used because she is concerned about her immigration status.
"I hope I get to go to the White House," she said.
Asked if she was worried about her mother's situation, the girl smiled and shook her head.
A Department of Homeland Security official said federal immigration authorities are not pursuing the family.
Chandler added the agency "prioritizes criminal aliens who pose a threat to our communities."
"The girl is in school and we're doing everything we can to keep her safe," Edwards said.