Watch: Second Grader Questions First Lady Michelle Obama on Immigration

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First Lady Michelle Obama was caught off guard yesterday by a little girl in the second grade. While visiting a local elementary school in Silver Spring, Maryland with Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala, a precocious little girl worked up the courage to ask Mrs. Obama a question: "My mom... she says that Barack Obama is taking everybody away that doesn't have papers."

Michelle Obama 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 then whispered, "But my mom doesn't have any ..." before her little voice trailed off.

Mrs. Obama 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. That's right."

Unfortunately, the little girl's observation is more accurate than most would like to assume. In fact, if the Obama administration continues on the path it is currently on, they may surpass the Bush administration in number of deportations by five percent. 

"When Obama said [during the campaign] it's un-American to tear a mother from her child, we believed him," Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, told the Washington Post. "We never imagined that a year later, we'd be denouncing his administration for surpassing the Bush administration on enforcement."

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Check out the video of the little girl questioning Michelle Obama below:

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