Illegal “sanctuary” woman arrested in LA

The woman who took “sanctuary” in a Chicago Methodist Church to avoid deportation has been arrested in LA, reports CBS2.com:

An illegal immigrant who stayed in a Chicago church for a year to avoid separation from her 8-year-old son, a U.S. citizen, was arrested Sunday and being processed for deportation.

Elvira Arellano, who arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday after leaving her sanctuary to campaign for immigration reform, was arrested around 1:30 p.m. outside Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church where she had been speaking to reporters, said the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of Adalberto United Methodist, the Chicago church.

Arellano was “being processed for removal to Mexico based upon a deportation order originally issued by a federal immigration judge in 1997,” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release.

Read the whole story at the above link. Sorry, lady, that ain’t “immigration reform” you are speaking of. While a comprehensive reform might contemplate circumstances under which someone who entered the country illegally might receive a kind of legal status, you came here illegally twice, and committed at least one crime while here. Then you defied a lawful court order to hide in a church.

Such behavior is, in fact, one of the biggest enemies of any comprehensive reform. And while I respect the attitude of churches who might offer “sanctuary” to someone who might be persecuted unjustly, there is absolutely no indication of any such reason for this church to shelter you. You came here illegally, and don’t wish to go back. Join the club, lady.

Karl Rove and Lazy Journalists
Elvira Arellano Arrested and Deported within a Span of Several Hours