Elvira Arellano, after living in the United States as an illegal alien for about ten years off and on, has finally been deported. Here are the facts of the case:
* Arellano illegally crossed the US border for the first time in 1997, when she was 22 years old. She was deported fairly rapidly.
* Only a few days after her deportation, she came back across the border and lived in Oregon for three years.
* In 1999, she gave birth to her son Saul, who has citizenship due to Amendment 14 of the US Constitution — a law that was originally intended to make ex-slaves citizens but which has since been expanded to include anyone born in the United States.
* In 2000, Arellano moved to Chicago, where she worked as an airplane cleaner at O’Hare International Airport using false papers including a fake social security card.
* In 2002, Arellano was caught when a post-9/11 sweep turned up her fake social security card.
* On August 15, 2006, she failed to show up in court for a deportation hearing, as ordered; instead, she sought sanctuary in a pro-illegal-alien church, the Adalberto United Methodist Church. The pastor of this church is married to a prominent illegal-alien activist.
* During this time, Arellano started an organization, La Familia Latina Unida, that lobbies to allow families that could be divided by deportation to remain together.
* Saul Arellano, Elvira’s then-seven-year-old son who is supposedly ADHD, appeared before the Congress of Mexico to plead his mother’s case. The Congress, in response, passed a resolution urging the U.S. to not deport illegal aliens in the position of the Arellanos.
* Arellano left her sanctuary to travel to a rally in Los Angeles, where she was arrested on August 19, 2007. She has now been deported. Her son remains with caretakers associated with the Adalberto United Methodist Church, though he has visited her in Tijuana.
Of course, I can’t keep my mouth shut about this. I have to point out:
* Ms. Arellano is in the position she’s in because she chose to flaunt the laws of the United States, bypass the legal immigration system, and come to America twice without permission.
* She also chose to give birth in the United States.
* She used her son as a proxy for herself when she sent him to plead in front of the Congress of Mexico.
* She chose to leave the church to involve herself in American politics — a position that is hardly appropriate for a non-citizen.
* And finally, the United States did not rip her son from her arms, as she likes to imply. Rather, she chose to leave him in the United States when she was returned to Mexico. He is free to go to her whenever she likes.
I also have to ask a few questions:
Who is paying for Ms. Arellano and her son’s travel expenses? It costs a lot of money to fly back and forth between Chicago and Los Angeles and Mexico. Ms. Arellano, a single mother, has been staying in a church and not leaving. Someone with an agenda is funding this, and that makes me immediately not trust her motives.
Why has Ms. Arellano never bothered to learn proper English if she wants to stay in the United States? It makes it very difficult for her to gain American sympathies if she won’t even learn the language common to most of us.
Why, if Mexico is so horrible that Ms. Arellano had to flee from it, does she work so closely with its government in her attempts to remain in America? Similarly, why does Mexico have such interest in helping Ms. Arellano and other citizens of its country remain in America? Instead of lobbying for their remaining in the US, why aren’t they doing the truly humane thing and addressing the issues in Mexico that make America so much more attractive to so many of their people?
Whatever happened to Ms. Arellano’s two hunger strikes? Twice she went on hunger strike in the church, and nothing was ever said about their resolution. Oh, unlike other hunger strikes I’ve heard of, both these were time-limited (25 days each) and allowed for calorie-rich liquids, just no solid foods. Sounds more like a fast to me.
Since when is a church allowed to get away with harboring a lawbreaker and still keep its tax-exempt status? Has anyone looked into where this church’s money is going? If any of it is supporting illegal or political activities, it makes the church status very questionable indeed.