elvira arellano

Elvira Arellano

Convicted felon and illegal alien from Mexico who, instead of leaving the U.S. as she was ordered to do, holed up in a Chicago church assisted by its pastor Walter Coleman and his wife Emma Lozano in 2006. In 2007 Arellano was deported and continued her push for amnesty from the other side of the border.

Court documents relating to her 2003 arrest had been at immigrationwatchdog.com/?p=2315 but that site isn't online anymore and it doesn't appear to be in archive.org.

Last modified Sep 7, 2014
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Flor Crisostomo: the new Elvira Arellano (sanctuary at Adalberto United Methodist Church) - 01/27/08

Via this we learn that Reverend Walter "Slim" Coleman's Adalberto United Methodist Church continues the struggle for in effect open borders with the announcement that they'll be giving "sanctuary" to another illegal alien, Flor Crisostomo. That church grabbed headlines recently for hosting Elvira Arellano, before she was arrested and deported to Mexico, where she remains. Crisostomo's statement says in part: "I am taking a stand of civil disobedience... I believe with all my heart that the United States and Mexico must end the system of undocumented labor." Obviously, "civil disobedience"...

Mexico's PRD Party to establish "migrant houses" in the U.S. - 12/28/07

According to a report in a Mexican newspaper, in 2008 Mexico's leftwing PRD Party will be establishing "migrant houses" inside the U.S. (translation here). They made the announcement in front of the U.S. Consulate in Mexico City, and the secretary general of that party (Carlos Reyes Gamiz) was accompanied by Elvira Arellano. As with Felipe Calderon, Gamiz said he was going to use U.S. non-profits to push their agenda inside the U.S.: "The PRD has had a past presence in the U.S. territory, where a relationship has been maintained with agencies that defend human rights, and the goal is to share...

Immigration "parliament" held in Mexico, with Americans; may lobby in Washington DC - 11/30/07

On November 16 and 17 a group of activists from Mexico and the U.S. met in Mexico City for the "First Parliament of Mexican Migrant Leaders Living In The U.S.A.". This doesn't appear to have been an official Mexican government event, but many of those attending were apparently Mexican political leaders, and some of the Americans attending serve on the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME, www.ime.gob.mx), an advisory council to Mexico's president.

March 10 Committee - 10/30/07

Also known as the March 10 Movement, March 10 Coalition, Diez de Marzo Committee. Home page at movimiento10demarzo.org At their site, they declare their unconditional support for Elvira Arellano as well as all other "immigrants" who are in the process of being deported. They also call on all those immigrants who are being deported to apply for asylum and to seek asylum in local churches. They also oppose employer sanctions and programs to check the SSNs of employees.

Obama immigration interview: he'd make situation far worse (Kevin Johnson/UC Davis) - 09/25/07

Professors Kevin Johnson (lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration), Jennifer Chacon, and Bill Hing of UC Davis have scored a true coup for the blogosphere: an interview about immigration with Barack Obama!

Elvira Arellano, Mexican lawmakers to push immigration "reform" - 08/22/07

It looks like Elvira Arellano is going to be the gift that keeps on giving: she'll continue to push for an amnesty from Mexico, and she'll be assisted in that by Mexican politicians. Her radicalism (see the fifth update to that link) can be used to discredit all of her future efforts and those with whom she's linked; if we're lucky some additional U.S. leaders might decide to help her cause. From this (via this): ...Mexican authorities and activists wasted no time in trying to capitalize on Arellano's new cachet, scrambling to align themselves with Arellano and gently suggesting what the...

Mexican immigrant who sought U.S. sanctuary deported - 08/22/07

Reuters/Kemp Powers/[[August 20, 2007]]/ link Article about the Elvira Arellano case.

Elvira Arellano arrested by "La Migra"! - 08/19/07

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...

Activist heads to L.A. rally - 08/17/07

Antonio Olivo/Chicago Tribune/[[August 17, 2007]]/ link

Kids taking immigration quest to D.C. - 08/17/07

Casey Woods/Miami Herald/[[July 17, 2007]]/ link With no immigration overhaul in sight in Congress, immigration advocates have joined a South Florida activist's quixotic quest to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to stop deporting the undocumented parents of American-born children.

Latino, black activists form coalition - 08/17/07

Chicago Tribune/Antonio Olivo/[[February 21, 2007]]/ link

September 2 Los Angeles march - 08/17/07

From Taking a stand for all workers rights: In Los Angeles, approximately 3,500 people marched through downtown to City Hall September 2, demanding amnesty for all undocumented immigrants. The march was called in solidarity with Elvira Arellano, a Chicago woman facing deportation who has taken sanctuary in a church. aka "la Gran Marcha Laboral".

Immigrant rights activists gather in Chicago - 08/17/07

Socialist Worker/Lee Sustar/[[August 25, 2006]]/ link

Media alert: Elvira Arellano has left the sanctuary (L.A., DC on tour) - 08/17/07

Elvira Arellano - the illegal alien who was ordered to be deported after being convicted of using a false Social Security number and who's been holed up in a Chicago church for a year and who's only a sympathetic figure to those on the far-left - has left her "sanctuary" and is currently on a road trip.

Emma Lozano, Walter "Slim" Coleman are married - 07/17/07

Here's something I did not know. Emma Lozano (of Chicago's Pueblo Sin Fronteras/Centro Sin Fronteras) is married to the Reverend Walter "Slim" Coleman. The latter is the pastor of the church where Elvira Arellano has sought "refuge" rather than abiding by a deportation order. Arellano and Lozano have together called for a "campaign of resistance" to prevent deportations of other illegal aliens.


Undated document from Pueblo Sin Fronteras link: somosunpueblo.com/Unify_and_Focus.html UNIFY AND FOCUS OUR MOVEMENT NOW ! Emma Lozano, presidente Pueblo sin Fronteras Elvira Arellano, presidente La Familia Latina Unida

March 25 Coalition flyer - 03/18/07

From march25coalition . org/organize May 1st, 2007 we will be out in the streets, not shopping or selling, if possible not working; but Marching. On February 3rd & 4th, 2007, a Conference hosted by the March 25th Coalition culminated in a call for a national day of actions for workers and Immigrant's Rights. The day, May 1st, 2007.

Coalition plans May Day actions (2007) - 03/18/07

"Coalition plans May Day actions"/[[February 8, 2007]]/Minnie Bruce Pratt and LeiLani Dowell/Workers World/ link In an historic development in the U.S. immigrant rights struggle, a coalition of national organizations met in Los Angeles on Feb. 3-4 to plan and coordinate the "Great American Boycott II" for May 1.

Protesters seek amnesty for illegal immigrants; moratorium on deportations - 02/20/07

[[North County Times]]/[[North County Times wire services]]/[[September 2, 2006]]/ link Reports on the September 2 Los Angeles march Hundreds of people marched through downtown Los Angeles Saturday to demand amnesty for illegal immigrants and a moratorium on deportations...

Mexican congressman discuss immigration with Pelosi Baca Gutierrez Solis - 02/05/07

El Universal/Andrea Merlos/[[February 5, 2007]]/ link/ translation Original title: Diputados abordaran migracion con congresistas en Washington

Commie Fest 2006: Elvira Arellano, Major Owens, ACLU, and more! - 12/02/06

On December 3, the "19th Annual People's Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo Banquet" will be held in a Greek restaurant in Chicago: [It] will feature living wage and peace resolutions sponsor city Alderman Freddrenna Lyle as the keynote speaker, and will honor immigrant rights activist Elvira Arellano, union activists Bea and Frank Lumpkin, disability rights group ADAPT, the March 10th immigrant rights coalition and AFSCME workers who are fighting to organize Resurrection Hospital — all familiar to PWW readers. Note, of course, that only one of those is listed as an actual attendee; the honors may...

Boy in deportation flap heads to Mexico - 11/12/06

Associated Press/Sophia Tareen/[[November 12, 2006]]/ link Reports that Saul Arellano - 7-year-old son of Elvira Arellano - is travelling to Mexico to ask the Mexican House and Senate to support her efforts to avoid being deported.

Immigration activist living at church sends son to L.A. conference - 10/07/06

September 8, 2006/Sophia Tareen/Associated Press/ link

The Case of Elvira Arellano - 10/07/06

Lee Sustar/Socialist Worker (also in Counterpunch)//[[August 31, 2006]]/ link ...A given day (at the church where she's holed up) might see elected officials, diplomats from the Venezuelan consulate, journalists from the New York Times or European national radio services, or representatives of the Latino and left-wing press.

Immigrant rights group calls for boycott - 10/07/06

Evelyn Holmes/ABC7(WLS)/[[September 30, 2006]]/ link A local group fighting for immigrant rights is calling for a boycott of two nationally known companies. Dunkin Donuts and Applebee's are accused of discriminating against immigrant workers whose names don't match their social security numbers.

Los Angeles Protest for Immigrant Rights - 09/28/06

[[Eastern Group Publications]]/[[Selene Rivera]]/[[September 14, 2006]]/link Reports on the September 2 Los Angeles march: ..."The truth is that the immigrant community is been attacked and now more than ever we have to be together," said Maria Salinas of Hermandad Mexicana, one of the many coalitions that were part of the Labor Day weekend marches. Other organizations included Somos America (note: that may have been a reference to the We Are America Alliance instead), [[Proyecto Latino USA]] and the March 25 Coalition. Note there was also a September 4 Los Angeles March which occured in...

More on the Chicago NAIR meeting from Workers World - 08/22/06

Around August 11, a few hundred illegal immigration supporters met near Chicago and created the "National Alliance for Immigrant Rights". One of their leaders is an official with Mexico's PRD party, and the article "Immigrant rights activists meet near Chicago" from Workers World has a little bit more on who's involved and what they want: workers.org/2006/us/immigrant-rights-0824 Of course, it's necessary to take what they write with a grain of salt because the article contains things that could have been written by chief reactionary George Bush himself: Nineteen Minutemen vigilantes stood...