Cross posted from Morning Coffee
Remember Elvira Arellano, the illegal immigrant taking sanctuary in a local church? She got a legislative audience over the weekend.
From WMAQTV Chicago
A delegation of congressmen from Mexico is meeting with Elvira Arellano — the woman who’s been defying immigration authorities by taking sanctuary at a local church.
Arellano is fighting deportation as an undocumented immigrant.
The Mexican delegation first met with their congressional counterparts in Washington, urging the U.S. government to provide relief for Arellano and other families with children who are American citizens.
What the NBC News Affilliate didn’t say Elvira is that she defied a U.S. government order that she turn herself in to the Department of Homeland Security for deportation. The 31-year-old woman was arrested in 2002 during an immigration sweep at O’Hare International Airport. U.S. officials noted that Arellano had already been deported once in 1997, and that she had a criminal conviction for Social Security fraud.
Before the meeting in Chicago though those legislators paid visits to counterparts in Washington D.C. Here are a couple quotes from the resulting Capitol Hill News Conference.
From the Contra Costa Times
Jose Jacques Medina, a member of the Congress in Mexico who led the delegation, said the immigration crisis is a human problem that begs a human solution and that the United States, Mexico and other nations should work together to become “one America on one continent.”
It wasn’t just Mexican Lawmakers present at the News Conference…
The U.S. and foreign lawmakers are pushing for a broad immigration law that would give illegal immigrants a path to legal residency and citizenship.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, a strong proponent of such a law, said immigration is a “justice issue.”
“We must accept and welcome brothers and sisters who have invested in this country. We must reunite families. We must make moms and sons, one,” she said.
Other House members at the news conference included Reps. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., Janice Schakowsky, D-Ill. and Hilda Solis, D-Calif., who spearheaded the meetings with the foreign lawmakers.
Alongside them, the 7-year-old son of an illegal immigrant and community leader in Chicago made a plea to the Bush administration to halt deportation hearings for his mother, Elvira Arellano.
The open border crowd however were not the only ones that had something to say.
Rosanna Pulido, Illinois spokesperson for You Don’t Speak for Me, a national coalition of American Hispanics who oppose illegal immigration, states, “Actually Elvira Arellano is a testament to the utter failure of the Mexican government. Because of widespread corruption, the government of Mexico has consistently failed to provide economic opportunity to millions of Mexican people and encourages them to violate U.S. immigration laws. The Mexican government could care less about people like Ms. Arellano. What they are really here to protect is the $23 billion a year that the millions of Mexicans living in the U.S. send home to Mexico,” Pulido charged.
You Don’t Speak for Me holds the U.S. government complicit in creating the nation’s illegal immigration crisis. “Elvira Arellano is also a testament to the unwillingness of the United States government to uphold the rule of law and enforce its own immigration laws. This failure has undermined our sovereignty while harming the interests of countless Americans,” said Pulido.
You Don’t Speak for Me also condemned attempts by the Mexican legislators and illegal alien rights activists to exploit Ms. Arellano’s son for their own political ends. “Children are not human shields,” declared Pulido. “It was his mother who put the boy in a difficult position when she knowingly broke multiple laws in this country. Whenever parents are held accountable for breaking the law their children are inevitably harmed. We all regret when that happens, but no justice system in the world can allow parents to hide behind their kids.
“Instead of coming here and posturing for the television cameras back home, these Mexican legislators could spend their time and energies far more productively instituting reforms in Mexico that allow people like Ms. Arellano opportunities at home,” Pulido concluded.
Here is the Website for You Don’t Speak for Me
Could not have said it better myself.
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