New Mexico governor Bill Richardson seems to have misread the political mood a bit. He's throwing his weight behind Elvira Arellano, the illegal alien who twice entered the U.S. illegally, who was caught using a fake SSN in a job at an airport, and who's holed up in a Chicago church in defiance of an order to show up to be deported. This week he sent a letter to Bush urging that he parole her and let her stay in the U.S.:
The governor said in his letter that the case of the Arellano family illustrates the problems of the federal government not acting on a comprehensive immigration plan.
The governor told the president that permitting the family to remain in the United States, will allow the boy to "continue to be raised as the great American he has already proven to be."
I don't want to call a seven-year-old un-American, but I guess that's part of the problem, isn't it? Arellano and her activist friends are shamelessly using him as a prop and a poster boy. So, let's just say that going to Mexico and asking them to support an attempt to stay in the U.S. is not a "great American" thing to do. In fact, it's about as contrary to the best interests of the U.S. as one could do in this case.
Arellano has shown that she has no respect for our immigration laws, and, in a certain way it would be a good thing if Richardson does try to run for president. He's shown that he's willing to put his race and his support for illegal immigration ahead of what's in the U.S.'s best interests. A campaign can be started to irreparably tie him to support for criminality and a complete lack of respect for our laws and sovereignty.