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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

... 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" requires one to be a citizen; when foreign citizens do it it's...

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

... 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 a work agenda, in this environment in which xenofobia and racism have a...

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

... had "scheduling difficulties"). Elvira Arellano spoke and appeared to - surprise - cheat. In this case it was on her hunger strike. While they made a lot of proposals, according to that the one most likely to stick is a "Permanent Parliament" which might meet next year in Washington DC. And, from this we learn that two attendees were "Rosa Marta Zarate, program coordinator for the San Bernardino...

March 10 Committee - 10/30/07

... 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. Note that their "list of organizations" includes all three major Mexican...

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

... question of what to do about Elvira Arellano is such a classic of political doublespeak that I'll include it in full: I've met with Elvira Arellano and her son, and I understand the challenges that they and millions of other undocumented immigrants face. Although I do not condone Ms. Arellano's defiance of the law, her plight is representative of a broken immigration system. [copy and paste...

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....

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...

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. The first stop: Los Angeles' La Placita Catholic Church, aka Our Lady Queen of Angels. They're...

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

... 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. That kind of puts Lozano's complaint about "small white led leftist organizations" interfering in the "immigrants rights movement" into a bit more of a questionable...

March 25 Coalition flyer - 03/18/07

... McKinney, former member of Congress Elvira Arellano in Adelberto Central Methodist Church Emma Goldman Chapter of SDS/MDS Emma Lozano Centro Sin Fronteras Fr. Luis Barrios, San Romero de Las Americas Church Frantz Mendes, Pres. USW L. 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers Hermandad Mexicana Nacional-California-Nevada Industrial Workers of the World International Action Center Korea Truth...

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

... 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 not be reciprocated, but we shall see. In...

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. ...Meanwhile, Arellano's son Saul, who has been diagnosed with Attention...

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

... Angeles also showed support for Elvira Arellano, an undocumented immigrant who faces deportation, despite having a 7-year-old U.S.-born son. She has sought refuge in a Chicago church, in order to avoid being separated from her son.

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

... commercial policies." The case of Elvira Arellano and her young son Saul epitomizes this. Elvira Arellano was "driven to come to this country by the economic policies of the United States." Arellano said she is an activist with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which organizes families with U.S. citizen children facing separation by deportation. She went seven times to Washington, D.C., to testify before...