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She's an illegal alien. Enforce the law and deport her. Any questions?

After a year of seeking "sanctuary" (excuse me?) in a church, illegal alien mama Elvira Arellano was finally arrested "before 3 p.m. outside Our Lady Queen of Angels church on L.A.'s historic Olvera street," says the AP:

Arellano has become a symbol of the struggles of illegal immigrant parents and a source of controversy. She had said Saturday she was not afraid of being taken into custody by immigration agents.

"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. I decided to stay and fight."

Arellano came to Washington state illegally in 1997. She was deported to Mexico shortly after, but returned and moved to Illinois in 2000, taking a job cleaning planes at O'Hare International Airport.

I think one answer is prosecuting people who knowingly hire illegals. If there are no jobs for illegal aliens here, the rest of us won't be left to pay for their kids' school, for their health care, and for the cost of keeping criminal aliens in jail.

Yeah, think about it, all you commenters who complain that you can't get health insurance. Health care is free for illegal aliens. They can't be turned away, and they most likely can't be made to pay. can't pay for your health care, but through your taxes, you have to pay for theirs. Sweet!

How much does illegal immigration cost you personally? Well, if you live in Florida, probably $300 a year. Think about what you would do with that money if you had a choice -- buy something you want or need, pay off a bill, or even give it to a charity of your choice.

Sorry! You get to give to a charity, and you don't get to choose!

Consider that as you check out a photo of Arellano "commemorating her year of taking refuge" inside a Chicago church, per the photo caption on a Chicago Tribune story by Antonio Olivo. Apparently immigration agents didn't want the (sniff, sniff) bad publicity that would result from doing their jobs, or, as Olivo puts it in his piece:

...officials have avoided the symbolism of raiding a church, referring anyone who asks about their intentions to a prepared statement that calls Arellano a fugitive and explains that all arrests are prioritized.

What a load of crap. It's a building. Enter it. Arrest her. Put her on a bus back to Mexico. And prosecute the people who knowingly gave "refuge" to a criminal. (We typically call that "aiding and abetting, right?)

Olivo quotes the mother:

"God has protected me for this long year," Arellano said, delivering a prepared statement in both unsteady English and in her native Spanish before a standing-room-only crowd of supporters and TV cameras inside the tiny Division Street church.

Sorry, lady, no evidence there's a god. But plenty of evidence for immigration officials not doing their jobs. The mother continues:

"But I cannot sit by now and watch the lives of mothers and fathers like me and children like Saul be destroyed."

"If this government would separate me from my son, let them do it in front of the men and women who have the responsibility to fix this broken law and uphold the principles of human dignity," Arellano said, calling on supporters to skip school and boycott local businesses while she's in Washington.

What's broken is our legal system, which allows people like Arellano to game it and extrude U.S. citizens simply by squatting and dropping them on U.S. soil. If you're not worried because you think it's only poor Mexican ladies doing this, don't be. Islamist ladies are just as capable of pumping out terrorists-to-be complete with American citizenship.

Time to revise the 14th Amendment, which "was intended to secure rights for former slaves," but is being abused by people like Arellano with abandon.

Finally, as a statement by San Diego County Supe Bill Horn puts it:

We can’t let up. We need to complete the construction of the border fence because every dollar spent on providing services to illegal immigrants, or their children, is a dollar that isn’t used on tax paying citizens. San Diego will continue to be the gateway to Mexico, but it’s time our taxpayers stopped being the doormat.

Posted by aalkon at August 20, 2007 11:39 AM


"But I cannot sit by now and watch the lives of mothers and fathers like me and children like Saul be destroyed."

YOU destroyed your and your kid's life, lady, when you decided to enter the country illegally. YOU made the choice to come here by cutting in line and YOU knew that it was illegal.

I understand the conditions in Mexico suck and that prospects for a happier life are greater in the U.S. But the burdens of life in one country must not be placed upon the citizens in another. I'm damned lucky I live here and can't imagine what choices I'd make if my life were as hard and impoverished as it might be in any of the South American countries...maybe I WOULD sneak over a boarder to find a better life...

...but I wouldn't cry foul when people were pissed that I was there. I wouldn't expect to get free medical care. Free being the operative word. Someone pays for it eventually and being a leech of the system is not only undignified it's bullshit for the people (citizens) who end up paying. I wouldn't bitch and complain and say the country is "hurting families" by splitting them up. If I kill someone should I not go to jail b/c my "mommy and daddy" won't get to see me? Boofuckinghoo!

If we revoked the law that gives citizenship to those who are simply born here then we wouldn't have to split up families; we could just deport ALL of them TOGETHER - oh, sorry, was that really insensitive of me?

Posted by: Gretchen at August 20, 2007 6:02 AM

Well, it worked for me!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 20, 2007 6:03 AM

I'm actually not in favor of the 14th amendment being, erm, amended...but I'm also okay with the idea that the illegal parents have to go home while the legal kids stay here. Maybe it's because I live in a region with many, many immigrants - legal and illegal - and quite a number of them have kids back home to whom they're sending money. I have yet to hear any of them say - to me personally, or to anyone else who has then quoted them - "Oh, it's SOOOO HAAAAARD not being able to be with my kids." Yes, I am most definitely in favor of enforcing existing immigration laws and carrying out deportations...but I have more sympathy for some illegal aliens than others.

Besides, isn't coming to a country illegally, giving birth to a legal citizen, and then complaining when the government moves to deport you and not the kid somewhat like killing your parents and trying to get sympathy for being an orphan? This woman is a leech.

Posted by: marion at August 20, 2007 7:57 AM

I can feel sympathy for the individual, and do, but it doesn't negate the fact that we have laws and they need to be enforced. The worst possible thing would have been the Bush "amnesty" plan...which would have cost the rest of us big, and sent a message to anybody contemplating illegal immigration that it's a highly rewarding pursuit...Come on over!

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 20, 2007 8:09 AM

"I either go to my country, Mexico,..."

That says everything I need to hear.

Posted by: Radwaste at August 20, 2007 8:51 AM

She can take her kid back with her. He is a Mexican citizen..... I have no sympathy for her or her child. She committed the crime and now they must go home. Don't forget she used a forged ssn to get a job, that's a crime too.

Posted by: bill at August 20, 2007 11:03 AM

Nadie han el derecho a cruz las fronteras y vivir dondequiera ellos quirern sin permiso de la pais recibe.

No es complicado.

Posted by: winston at August 20, 2007 7:41 PM

Estoy de acuerdo, Winston - es la verdad; ella no tiene ningunos derecho en los EEUU. Ella no deberia estar aqui. ("I agree, Winston - it's the truth; she doesn't have any rights in the U.S. She shouldn't be here.")

In this morning's Metro (Boston ed. page 4) there's a blurb on Arellano and the title is "Immigration Activist Deported."

Try again, you liberal, P.C. idiots. "Illegal Alien and Tax Evader Deported." "Mexican Criminal Finally Sent Back." "Breaking News: Illegal Aliens Can't Break the Law and Get Away with it!!"

Posted by: Gretchen at August 21, 2007 5:39 AM

I for one am sick and tired of being called a racist by illegals because I want my country to enforce its laws.

Check out Mexico's anti-immigrant laws. If you're not a citizen, you can't own property or work and you're immediately deported. Hypocrisy much?

Posted by: JoJo at August 22, 2007 7:00 AM

Question: Aren't there Americans who own homes down there? How does that work?

Nadie han el derecho a cruz las fronteras y vivir dondequiera ellos quirern sin permiso de la pais recibe.

Sorry, this is a no "press one for English" blog. And let's get out country back to the point where legal immigrants have some compelling reason to learn the language.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 22, 2007 7:10 AM

I may be wrong, but I think that foreigners have to get a very long term lease from a Mexican citizen, not a sale.

Anyway, I just think it's hypocritical for the Mexican government to deny foreigners the right to work, deport illegals immediately, then demand that we support their entire underclass.

Posted by: JoJo at August 22, 2007 12:16 PM

I agree.

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 22, 2007 12:36 PM

If your deported, and you re-enter the US, isn't that a felony?

Given a choice between 5-10 at a federal pen or self-deporting, which do you think she would choose?

Posted by: JOhn at August 23, 2007 2:46 PM

I guess she chose to stay in the church and break the law since nobody was goiing to enforce it...and then she finally rubbed in it their faces so long and hard they didn't have a choice. (I'm guessing she was a little tired of being cooped up indoors.)

Posted by: Amy Alkon at August 23, 2007 5:35 PM

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