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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Where in the World is Elvira Arellano?

Good question? The msm didn't quite jump on this one as Elvira and her handlers had hoped, but I guess even the msm knows a stretch when they see one. More likely, they just missed it.

As of yesterday, the Chicago Tribune indicates:

The attorney for an immigration activist who has taken refuge in a church in hopes of stopping the government from sending her back to Mexico said Tuesday that he will ask a judge to block her deportation.

Attorney Joseph Mathews said he planned to request a temporary injunction Wednesday in the case of 31-year-old Elvira Arellano, who was arrested four years ago after entering the country illegally

Mathews said in a telephone interview he would ask the court to declare that deporting Arellano would effectively lead to the deportation of her 7-year-old son, Saul, and thus violate his rights as an American citizen.
In that vain, a letter to Voice of the People at the Chicago Tribune, in which the author does agree that Arellano is no poster child for immigration reform, but also points out that the scenario is not so cut and dry:
"The problem, however, is that she was able to live in the U.S. for five years and in that time had a child who is a U.S. citizen. I have a problem with deporting mothers/parents of U.S. citizens and the negative consequences that the deportation will have on the lives of those children. These negative consequences cannot be whisked away with a bat of the eye. A 7-year-old torn from school and friends or subjected to foster care whether or not with family or friends is traumatized."
I hear what the author is saying and who doesn't? But this allows for quite a "catch" doesn't it? And is one of the bigger problems in the whole immigration reform debate. Break up families or reward them? This person broke our laws, not once, but twice - logic needs to be followed within the law, not emotion.

Additionally, the author says:
I agree wholeheartedly with a proposed law that provides "earned citizenship" for some illegal immigrants--particularly if they have children who are U.S. citizens and they have not committed any crimes. It's too late to start deporting members of established families now. This is the major problem I see with the deportation sweeps of people who have not committed crimes.
And this is another big piece of the immigration reform debate; the deportation sweeps of people are sweeps of people that have committed a crime - they entered the country illegally, which oddly enough is not legal.

So, where in the world is Elvira Arellano? Still at church I guess, perhaps being ordained as a minister as we speak by the same "trade school advertised on a book of matches" that the good Reverend
Walter "Slim (Whitman)" Coleman went to.

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