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Illegal "sanctuary" woman arrested in LA

The woman who took "sanctuary" in a Chicago Methodist Church to avoid deportation has been arrested in LA, reports CBS2.com:

An illegal immigrant who stayed in a Chicago church for a year to avoid separation from her 8-year-old son, a U.S. citizen, was arrested Sunday and being processed for deportation.

Elvira Arellano, who arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday after leaving her sanctuary to campaign for immigration reform, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. outside Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church where she had been speaking to reporters, said the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of Adalberto United Methodist, the Chicago church.

Arellano was "being processed for removal to Mexico based upon a deportation order originally issued by a federal immigration judge in 1997," U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release.

Read the whole story at the above link. Sorry, lady, that ain't "immigration reform" you are speaking of. While a comprehensive reform might contemplate circumstances under which someone who entered the country illegally might receive a kind of legal status, you came here illegally twice, and committed at least one crime while here. Then you defied a lawful court order to hide in a church.

Such behavior is, in fact, one of the biggest enemies of any comprehensive reform. And while I respect the attitude of churches who might offer "sanctuary" to someone who might be persecuted unjustly, there is absolutely no indication of any such reason for this church to shelter you. You came here illegally, and don't wish to go back. Join the club, lady.


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Comments (9)

And while I respect the... (Below threshold)

And while I respect the attitude of churches who might offer "sanctuary" to someone who might be persecuted unjustly, there is absolutely no indication of any such reason for this church to shelter you.

Agreed the church is only obligated to give food to the hungry and shelter in emergencies. To politicize the church is far out of bounds.

The description of the church, "storefront," tells you all you need to know.

The Paster has had a year of publicity and I give even odds his "flock" has expanded because of it.

one down,how many more to g... (Below threshold)

one down,how many more to go?

If she didn't want to be se... (Below threshold)

If she didn't want to be separated from her son the solution was simple...go back to Mexico and take the kid with her.

Any bets on how long before... (Below threshold)

Any bets on how long before "Sheees Backkkk..."

I thought the U.S. went to ... (Below threshold)

I thought the U.S. went to extraordinary lengths to accomodate Elvira Arellano. The government, contrary to what Elvira's advocates pushers will undoubtedly say in the coming days and weeks, has been extraordinarily patient with this woman and her son. Unlike Clinton's move on Elian Gonzalez, there were no S.W.A.T. tactics and automatic weapons drawn. The U.S. allowed Arellano to attend the rally she had publically vowed to attend, and then arrested her. Not before.

In the main, her "sanctuary" tactic backfired: holing up in the church this past year, she ended up hurting her efforts to 'piggyback' on to her son's citizenship. Saul is staying with the Rev. Coleman's family, his de facto family since he's been living with them for more than a year.

Just wait there will be doz... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Just wait there will be dozen or more hollywood directors wanting to make a movie about her and other wanting her to write a book and the ACLU will take up her case

She is ready to continue... (Below threshold)
Piso Mojado:

She is ready to continue the struggle against the separation of families from the other side of the border.

She should just take her anchor babies and go home. No more struggle, no more separation, no more problem.

This separation BS is a choice on the illegal alien coming here unlawfully and dropping babies. Babies born on US soil to criminals should not be instant citizens.

Adios Mofo

Crap. This ain't 14th-centu... (Below threshold)

Crap. This ain't 14th-century France, and sanctuary is a null legal concept in the US. The Vatican may be a country, but churches aren't embassies. Shoulda dug her out of that Chicago church a year ago and tossed her. With the kid, who is welcome to come back when he reaches 18..

Man most of you dont know w... (Below threshold)

Man most of you dont know what you're talking about if you're illigal and your child is born here and your facing deportation you cannot take your child with you! The child has to stay here cuz he or she was born here and is a us. citizen! Dont be ignorant and talk out of your ass all dat does is prove dat racism is not over in the u.s its stronger all of you who say your not look at your self and your belives and the way you look at hispanics cuz dats who is being targets for your illigal immigration laws...nothing to do with other immigrants here in the us. asians,africans and so on....its not just hispanics who are "taking your jobs"! Funy thing is, is that and illigal immigant come to the u.s and is able to get a job while a u.s citizen with good social security card cant or is it that there just too lazy to get a job and preffer to use illiga immigrant as and excuse...think about it!






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