Bob Menendez: legalizing illegal aliens is "the civil rights issue of our time"; Jamie Duffy fails at reporting - 04/27/09
Perhaps sending a "social correspondent" to cover the Luis Gutierrez' "Family Unity Tour" isn't such a good idea. Yet, the New Jersey Star Ledger sent their Jaime Duffy to cover the tour's appearance in Morristown, New Jersey (link).
The event featured an appareance by Bob Menendez, who said:
...amnesty will "ultimately nullify the need for a 287(g)"... ..."This is the civil rights issue of our time," Menendez told the audience. "This is about all of us together," he said, noting that the people at the rally "were not the hearts that are hardened, that have to be softened."
Others there were Walter Coleman (of Elvira Arellano fame), Rep. Albio Sires; the sponsors were the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey and the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders (NCLCCL). There's absolutely nothing in the article calling any of them on their various leaps of logic, such as pretending that our laws are to blame for faulty and completely voluntary personal decisions.
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" requires one to be a citizen; when foreign citizens do it it's something else. And, most Americans would also like to end the "system of undocumented labor", just not in the way she wants.
Crisostomo was arrested in an immigration raid at IFCO Systems in Chicago in 2006. More on that raid here, here, and here. In November of last year she held a hunger strike and protested in front of Rahm Emanuel's office, claiming he wasn't being "democratic" enough for her. That protest may have been the one organized by the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, which is headed by someone linked to the Mexican government.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) offered a private relief bill for her, Arellano, and several others (H.R. 2182, link). She was part of the May 1, 2007 pro-illegal immigration march and was part of the Centro Sin Fronteras delegation that joined with the March 10 Movement to organize that march; one leader of the latter group is an official with Mexico's PRD Party (Jorge Mujica). Regarding that march:
Flor Crisostomo wants everybody to know she's in this country illegally. So does Maria del Carmen Santana... The two immigrants from Mexico share the in-your-face attitude that marks preparations for Tuesday's immigration march in downtown Chicago... "Our community is very angry, very, very angry," said Crisostomo... Crisostomo is helping to organize Tuesday's march, making signs and joining in a hunger strike. She decided to speak publicly, she said, "so the greater community can understand we're not here to live on welfare or to not pay taxes. We're part of a bigger problem that needs to be fixed." ...
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.
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.