Sunday, August 19, 2007

Immigration activist Arellano arrested

I'm sure a lot of you were following this news. She practically dared authorities to arrest her after she left a church in Chicago, where she sought refuge and the authorities got her. From the Chicago Tribune...
An immigration activist who sought refuge inside a Chicago church for a year was arrested in Los Angeles this afternoon after taking her campaign on the road.

Elvira Arellano was arrested about 4:15 p.m. Chicago time by law-enforcement officials after leaving Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in downtown Los Angeles, said Emma Lozano, an adviser who was there during the arrest.

After talking to news media inside the church, Arellano and her supporters got into their van to head north to San Jose, where she was scheduled to speak at another church, Lozano said. Moments after they entered the van, an unmarked vehicle stopped them.

The driver of Arellano's van, Roberto Lopez, poked his head out because he wanted to see why they were being blocked. Several other unmarked vehicles surrounded their van.

Agents emerged from all the cars screaming for Arellano to get out, Lozano said. Her 8-year-old son, Saul, started to cry, and Arellano said to everyone in the car, "Calm down. Don't have any fear. They can't hurt me."

Then she turned to the people who were about to arrest her and she said, "You're going to have to give me a minute with my son," Lozano said. She spent time with her son in the car, then surrendered.

Arellano was arrested on Main Street, near the church, where she slept Saturday night and where she's held several press conferences Saturday and today.
Hmmm, if I understand this story correctly she didn't want to leave her son. If she was to be deported couldn't she have just taken him with her?

To be honest there was a very simple way of solving this problem, become a citizen, instead of making a stand against something you're already wrong about. I don't know I just like to thing there's a much simpler solution to this sitaution. Instead she goes thru the indignity of an arrest.

1 comment:

JP Paulus said...

THere's a deeper issue -- if things are so great in Mexico (or any of the other places where illegal immigrants come from --would you suspect a white person of being illegal?), why wouldn't they take the citizenship route?

Also, once again, those who HIRE illegal immigrants -- the drug pushers (if i may use that analogy) get away scott free...or if they do get caught, they will wind up paying about the same as if they hired someone the way they're LEGALLY supposed to. But they're one of "us", so they aren't the problem.

She's making a point that will (she hopes) cause some real change.

There are a few areas to consider:

1) economic development for those poor areas WHERE THOSE ILLEGALS come from
2) true punishment for AMERICAN CITIZEN WHO VIOLATE the law (and who violate Isaiah 1:17 -- your theme verse!)
3) have fines that are paid by garnished wages, so we can get back money lost by AMERICAN CITIZENS who don't pay taxes or report income paid as well as track those aliens

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