Elvira Arellano, a single mother and undocumented immigrant from Mexico who sought sanctuary in a Chicago church last year to stay with her U.S.-born son, was arrested in Los Angeles yesterday. She had left the Chicago church to begin a national tour of sanctuaries from which she would argue for immigration reform. Today, she was arrested as she was leaving a Los Angeles church. Federal agents swarmed her car, and she had to beg for a moment with her son before they took her away. (The LA Times report is here.) A moving account and analysis of her story by Tram Nguyen is on the ColorLines blog.
A window into the priorities of power? The LA Times reports
There are at least 3.1 million children in the U.S. who have one or more parents in the country illegally, according to a 2006 report released by the Pew Hispanic Center.
Apparently, or at least for today, the sanctity of the nuclear family doesn't trump the sanctity of the nation-state. Suggestions for action after the jump.