Posted on August 28, 2006

Illegal Immigration: Elvira Arellano, Go Home

Robert Klein Engler,, August 24, 2006

In a recent interview by Tara Malone in the Daily Herald, U. S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert repeated the mistaken slogan that “This country’s always been a nation of immigrants.”

It is surprising that a man of Hastert’s background could make a mistake like this. The inability to distinguish between the original settlers and the immigrants who came to the United States legally, after the nation was formed, demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of our history.


Oscar Avila, a Chicago Tribune staff reporter writes, “A prominent activist for illegal immigrants in Chicago . . . defied a government order that she turn herself in to the Department of Homeland Security for deportation and instead took sanctuary in a West Side church.”

Tribune reporter Avila continues, “The 31-year-old woman was arrested in 2002 during an immigration sweep at O’Hare International Airport. Homeland Security officials noted that Arellano had already been deported once, in 1997, and that she had a criminal conviction for Social Security fraud.” This conviction makes her ineligible for U. S. citizenship.

You’d think that after being in this country illegally for 7 years and after giving birth to an anchor baby, Elvira Arellano would at least know English. Apparently not. Speaking through an interpreter, she said, “If Homeland Security chooses to send agents to a holy place, I would know that God wants me to serve as an example of the hatred and hypocrisy of the current administration.”

According to the Socialist Worker Online, Elvira’s son, “Seven-year-old Saul, who was born in the U. S., told those gathered at the church for a recent service, ‘I want Bush to stop the deportations, so my mom can stay here with me.’” You have to wonder who’s talking to this child. One of the complaints about the Bush administration is that it hasn’t yet started mass deportations. Listen, little Saul, it’s hard to stop what hasn’t started.

Jesse Rios, executive director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, said at a rally in support of the fugitive Elvira Arellano that “The system is broken. It’s tearing families apart. She is a hardworking woman just trying to keep it together. This is not an issue of the law, but of human rights. Where’s the family values in breaking up families?”

Mr. Rios made no mention of Elvira Arellano’s partner who fathered her son Saul, where he is, and why he cannot help take care of the child. Nor did Mr. Rios wonder why Elvira knowingly had a child as a single woman while in the United Stateas illegally.

Mayor Richard Daley, whose directive makes Chicago a Sanctuary City for illegal immigrants, said in support of Elvira Arellano, “You have to sit down and look at her and her family and how long she’s been here and look at it in a personal way, not just another number.”

Daley added, “And Chicago, it’s a city of immigrants. Our past, our present, our future will be immigrants.” Of course, the mayor, too, is wrong about our immigrant history. Chicago was not founded by immigrants, but instead, it was founded by settlers.

Elvira Arellano is supported in her protest by an unusual coalition. She is the president of United Latino Family, a group that lobbies for families that could be split by deportation. She is, then, the head of a group that wants to solve the very problem she created. Elvira Arellano also receives support from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Centro Sin Fronteras.

The drive-by media never mentions that many of the groups supporting Elvira are anarchist or communist groups with an unstated mission of defeating the United States of America. Think for a moment, just what is the aim of a group that calls itself “Center Without Borders?” Why would its members be helping a fugitive?


Illegal immigrants have turned around the lives of many Americans, altering our communities for the worse, wasting our tax dollars, and transforming our public schools. It’s time to turn out of office those politicians who refuse to deport illegal immigrants. It’s time also for you, Elvira Arellano, to go home to Mexico. And when you leave, shut the door behind you.

It’s using the church sanctuary for an illegal purpose. Therefore, it’s not morally right.

The Methodist pastor should know better. Yet he condones the mother-pretty-face and baby staying inside his sanctuary because she is trying to remain in the US illegally.

She’s not a mid-teen who doesn’t understand the law. She knows exactly what she is — an illegal. She knowingly posts herself and child inside a House of God with the appeal that she has found “sanctuary.” Therefore, the law cannot touch her.

But there is no such law in America. It might have been an understanding in cultures of another time, but not in the USA today.

Time will tell whether she will be forcibly taken from the hallowed environs; however, in the meantime, she is committing sacrilege. It’s not ethically proper for her to claim sanctity safety when purposefully breaking the law. Further, in being such a mother, she is teaching her child how to break the law.

This goes on every day in this country.

Illegals are made out to be these unfortunate specimens who must find haven beneath the Statue of Liberty’s torch. Not. They came here knowing they were breaking the law. Therefore, the US Congress and executive offices should oust them as soon as possible.


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