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Elvira Arellano arrested by "La Migra"!

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Convicted criminal Elvira Arellano has been arrested by ICE in downtown Los Angeles. Apparently Telemundo is trying to rile up their audience, but La Opinion only has a brief report (laopinion.com/supp2/?rkey=00000000000002163320).

Will this result in massive riots as supposed Americans who put their race ahead of their country join with foreign citizens who are here illegally to support attempts by some to refuse to abide by our laws? Or, will it go largely unnoticed except by those outside the far-left who'll stage a few small protests? Will corrupt priests like Cardinal Roger Mahoney rally 'round Elvira, or will they decide that for the sake of their little remaining credibility it's best to leave the issue be? Did ICE do this to show that no one is above the law, or did they do it in order to provoke a reaction from the left and use that to get the amnesty they want?

I suspect that come tomorrow people will respond to the name "Elvira" by saying, "You mean, the horror movie presenter?", but we shall see.

UPDATE: "Immigrant Rights Activist Elvira Arrellano Arrested in LA -- Solidarity Actions in Chicago Tonight and Tomorrow" (chicago.indymedia.org/newswire/display/79065/index.php). Hopefully Democratic politicians won't let the community down and will decide to stand in solidarity with Arellano and in support of massive criminality.

8/20 UPDATE: She was deported to Tijuana late last night (laopinion.com/primerapagina/?rkey=00000000000002166700), and will continue the struggle from the Mexican side of the border. "Citizen Saul" remains in the U.S. with Emma Lozano. U.S. Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Bobby Rush will be pushing private citizenship bills. The final paragraph of the article notes that CHIRLA ("Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles"; allegedly has collaborated with the Mexican government) is urging people to express their outrage... by calling Julie Myers of ICE. La Opinion - always willing to help out - even includes her phone number.

Note to GOP and Dem politicians: wouldn't supporting Elvira be a great way to reach out to the Hispanic vote? Many hacks have said that in order to get that supposed vote it's necessary to support amnesty; what difference is there really between that and supporting Elvira? Many or most of those who would have been amnestied are guilty of working under a false Social Security number, with some going even further than Arellano did and engaging in identity theft. The only thing unique about her is that she was unlucky enough to be caught and convicted.

If you're going to support millions of unconvicted lawbreakers in a corrupt plea for votes, surely supporting just one convicted lawbreaker shouldn't be a problem, right?

UPDATE 3: As always, Biff knows best! Please, Democrats, heed his call and stand up for immigrants rights.

UPDATE 4: Unfortunately, so far support from the "mainstream" left appears to be a bit lacking. Patty Kupfer - head of The Sojourners' Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform - offers a sympathetic post (blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/08/sanctuary-movement-activist-ar.html) and links to their magazine, which features her on the cover (sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&issue=soj0709&article=070910a). And, Atrios says (atrios.blogspot.com/2007_08_19_archive.html#8506770275171716290):

You know, there are aspects of the immigration issue where I think well-intentioned people can have wide disagreement on, but I just can't think of any good reason to support the deportation of the parents of American citizens.

Meanwhile, an unknown party has posted a diary entry wondering why John Edwards isn't jumping on this issue.

UPDATE 5: I called attention to this page that Emma Lozano and Arellano wrote (somosunpueblo.com/Unify_and_Focus.html) before (cached here), but I think this is a good paragraph to throw back at anyone foolish enough to support her:

We have taught that our people did not come here because of the American Dream but because of what the American nightmare did to our countries of origin. We have asserted that our demand to be here and to be fully enfranchised here is a right not a privilige and a destiny of our people to transform this nation.

UPDATE 6: The useful idiots/peacenik collaborators at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is "gravely concerned" other her deportation, claiming that she was "ripped away" from Saul (link). In fact, she can always take him with her. Christian Ramirez, an "AFSC national immigrants' rights coordinator", met with her in Tijuana. Their release ends with:

Instead of giving free rein to repressive worksite raids and other punitive enforcement measures, this country needs constructive immigration policies that enable Elvira Arellano and other undocumented parents to remain with their children and find a path to legal residency and citizenship.

Based on her quote above, you might say it's her manifest destiny to get on that path.

Immigration2007b · Sun, 08/19/2007 - 17:45 · Importance: 4

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 05:18
eh

From CNN [1]: _An illegal immigrant who stayed in an Illinois church for a year TO AVOID SEPARATION FROM HER 8-YEAR-OLD SON, a U.S. citizen,..._ A minor child, citizen or not, should be deported with a parent. Unless there is some sort of suitable guardianship arrangement made, which due to the parent being in custody would necessarily have to be legal/approved by authorities. So the separation is a kind of red herring here. _"From the time I took sanctuary the possibility has existed that they arrest me in the place and time they want," SHE SAID IN SPANISH. "I only have two choices. I either go to MY COUNTRY, MEXICO, or stay and keep fighting._ So much trouble is caused by the foolishness of saying any child born here is a citizen. Changing that would seem to be such a no-brainer, yet it hardly gets any serious mention. I'd like to see a question about that posed to every candidate for federal office.

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[1] us.cnn.com/2007/US/08/19/immigration.activist.ap/index.html

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 06:09
Thomas

La Opinion is now saying she's already been deported! Wow. It's like feast or famine with ICE.

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 09:07
llamajockey

I watched a little Univision last night. It is pretty much non-stop Arellano. Like I said this is going to blow up in the Democrat's face big time. Next month is their scheduled debate on Spanish Television. The candidates will not be able to duck the immigration issue for much longer. It will be a showdown over who is will to cross the line in the sand between the unprincipled shameless panders who may win the nomination yet be near mortally wounded in the general election and who has the courage to stand up against this insanity and win the respect of the electorate. Furthermore, this Arellano case is my mind is going to fester like an infected wound. It will be an Elian Gonzales meet Free Mumia freak show. Like I have been reading folks in Denver are already worrying that Open Borders groups will be flooding the streets. And yes the repeal of Birthright Citizenship by Soil instead of Natural Law should be a major issue in the 2008 election. I believe that it may very well be the unintended consequence of our beloved Slim Coleman's media circus.

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 11:13
RG

What the mainstream media won't tell you is Elvira has been deported once if not twice before, which is a felony (to re-enter the country after being deported). She also used a fake social security number to secure a job at O'Hare airport in Chicago. It comes down to this: The police, the government and the media won't go after these illegals because of their ethnicity: Latino. They are the new protected class.

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 16:22
john ryan

Yeah put the child in an orphanage for the next 10 years at the taxpayers expense. The problem is that for the past 6 years the republicans had both Congress and the White House and they chose to do nothing to stop American jobs being taken by illegals.

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 18:08
mjb
metaljaybird.wordpress.com

I do not feel bad for this alien. She deliberately broke American law over and over. Too lazy to wait out the system so she could work here, she cut in line. Good riddance!

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 16:59
llamajockey

Lonewacko, You sly dog.... But you are right. It is like what most of us populist Democrats wonder. Is Edwards willing to gamble by breaking away from the Democratic group think on immigration. My bet if he took an enforcement only stand on Immigration, Hillary, Obama and Richardson would come after him big time. At first it would look really bad for Edwards. He would risk losing any of his remaining lefty multiculturalist support including campaign staff. The MSM would jump all over him. Edwards might even take hit in his poll numbers for a while. However, I say great. Let Hillary and Obama make complete fools out themselves trying to out pander each other. The more folks learn about Arellano and her ultra-lefty backers like Slim Coleman the less sympathetic she will appear. Hell if I was Edwards I would double down and send a letter of support on the behalf of the Ramos and Compean who the majority of the American public familiar with the case believe to have been railroaded. My bet is that in the next 5 months Edwards would be in a clear lead if takes this approach. Otherwise he is does not stand a chance.

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 17:27
Fred Dawes
www.MySpace.com/freddawes1776

The system of drug dealers are using this bitch to get right into this government of drug dealers, this little Mexican is nothing but what the system wants her to be. The System wants her as a star in the coming line up of hopeful new world order congress-person, hell people in 5 years this little bitch will be inside our government telling you Mexico is a nation of Laws fighting against white terrorits in ass-land! Buy Guns fight back.

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 17:32
Fred Dawes
www.MySpace.com/freddawes1776

Read eh, and ask how long before the little third world people ruled by Drug Runners and drug dealers come to your door with a deportation order from Mexico City?

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 21:02
CalifChris

No way should Elivra Arellano be separated from her 8-year old son. They should BOTH be sent back to Mexico. It's her child and she is the one who is responsible for raising him, not us. Her son (until the law that allows for these millions of anchor babies laws is changed) can come back to the U.S. when he's 18 but until then he belongs with his mother -- south of the border.

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 22:00
mary

it should never have reached this point. And Bush could have stopped it in it's tracks after 911. He didn't and created a monster that threatens the sovreigntry of this country. IMPEACH BUSH!

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 22:06
Steve

I will support this woman as soon as the government says that I can commit a felony and be let off with no punishment...

Mon, 08/20/2007 - 22:32
Jeebie

Well said, CalifChris. Saul should be with his mother. But I suspect she left him here on purpose. To keep that poor little pawn, her "anchor" here, as part of a plan to commit even more crimes. We are probably not rid of this thorn yet. But for today, I celebrate. Thank you ICE, don't stop now.

Tue, 08/21/2007 - 02:36
Pat

I think that Slim we won.