Jessica Hoffmann

Immigrants' Rights Activist Elvira Arellano Arrested in Los Angeles, Quickly Deported

Filed By Jessica Hoffmann | August 20, 2007 4:56 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics

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.

From the National Immigrant Solidarity Network:

Suggest Immediate Actions to Support Her:

1) Call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, demand them the safety of the Elvira Arellano, no deportation, and demand her immediately release from the ICE custody.

ICE Field Office Director, Los Angeles
300 North Los Angeles St., Room 7631A
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-830-7911

ICE Headquarters, Director, Office of Detention and Removal Operations
801 I St, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202-305-2734

2) Daily peace vigil at the Los Angeles ICE office until Elvira Arellano's safe release.
ICE Field Office, Los Angeles
300 North Los Angeles St., Room 7631A
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: 213-830-7911

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I don't understand why anyone would object to the deportation of a person who has entered our nation illegally two times and worked under a stolen social security number. She is a criminal. American criminals are punished despite being parents, and illegal immigrant criminals have the option of keeping their children with them when they are deported.

This situation is the manufacturing of a martyr. If Arellano love her son more than she loves getting attention for herself, she would have taken him with her and made raising him the center of her new life. But she would rather use the poor child as a trained monkey in her media circus. Perhaps he is better off without her in his daily life.