Her 8-year-old son, Saul, is now living with Coleman's family. During a news conference in Los Angeles after Arellano's arrest, the boy hid behind the pastor's wife and wiped away tears.
Arellano, 32, arrived in Washington state illegally in 1997. She was deported to Mexico shortly afterward, but returned and moved to Illinois in 2000, taking a job cleaning planes at O'Hare International Airport.
She was arrested in 2002 at O'Hare and convicted of working under a false Social Security number. She was to surrender to authorities last August but instead sought refuge at the church on Aug. 15, 2006.
False Social Security number, breaking airport security, evading arrest. I'm not saying this lady is a "dangerous" criminal, but she DID break the law, and she DID circumvent our security protocols, and SHE chose to enter this country illegally well aware that this could and would eventually happen. That IS dangerous and highlights the critical nature of our broken immigration system and unsecured border. The fact is that the Liberal puppet masters managed to get to her and use her -- yes, that's right: USE HER -- to promote their left-wing pro-illegal immigration cause.
In my opinion, our country is in grave danger of seeing the "victim mentality" that was propagated among the African American community since the 60's repeated among the Latino immigrant population -- legal and illegal. The root of our social unrest is found in the manipulations of the socialist academics and activists that are using individuals like Elvira Arellano to tug at America's hearts with the help of the typical left-wing media manipulation.
Personal consequences. I am the first one to advocate for an improved legal immigration process that does not separate families, but when an individual chooses out of their own free will to put themselves outside the protection of the law, it is their choice that brings about consequences. Whether the boy stayed in the US with friends, or eventually leaves to be reunited with his mother is his mother's choice -- the government is not to blame in any way.
Arellano has repeatedly called for a stop to immigration raids that break up families with some members who are in the U.S. legally and others illegally. She has said her son would be deprived of his rights as a U.S. citizen if he had to go to Mexico simply because she did.
Well, I'll call myself a "Legal Immigration Activist" and I'm calling on illegal immigrants to STOP the break-up of families in Mexico and Central America -- stay home with your families, petition to your government for better economic opportunities for yourself and your children, and respect the laws of your neighbors. Educate yourselves about the candidates that run for positions of power in your city, province and country, and demand integrity and transparency. When Latin America's voters stop putting up with government greed and corruption, and when Latin America's journalists start doing their job in exposing these, then we'll see change start happening.
How about it Arellano? How about focusing all that "activist" energy at your government? Maybe we can get some real change.