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First lady Michelle Obama, right, talks with students, including the second-grader, far left, who told Obama during the first lady's visit to her gym class that her mother said President Obama was "taking everybody away that doesn't have papers." First lady Michelle Obama, right, talks with students, including the second-grader, far left, who told Obama during the first lady's visit to her gym class that her mother said President Obama was "taking everybody away that doesn't have papers."
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    First lady Michelle Obama faced a tough, personal immigration question from a second-grader Wednesday when she visited an elementary school with her Mexican counterpart, Margarita Zavala. 
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Department of Homeland Security official says federal immigration authorities are not pursuing the family of a Maryland girl who told first lady Michelle Obama that her mother "doesn't have papers."

DHS spokesman Matt Chandler said in an e-mailed statement Thursday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigations "are based on solid law enforcement work and not classroom Q and As."

Chandler added the agency "prioritizes criminal aliens who pose a threat to our communities."

The second-grader asked Obama about deportations when she visited the girl's elementary school with Mexico's first lady on Wednesday.

The immigrant advocacy group CASA de Maryland is trying to locate the girl's family and handed out fliers at the Silver Spring school Thursday.

 

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