Good Riddance

Despite being arrested and deported back to her native Mexico, it looks like we might have Elvira Arellano to kick around some more.

For those unfamiliar with her story, she first came to the United States (illegally, of course) in 1999. She was arrested and deported. She came back a couple of years later, got a job (with a stolen Social Security number) at O’Hare Airport, had a son (the perquisite “anchor baby”), and then was arrested again and ordered deported.

Instead, she hid in a storefront church and claimed “sanctuary.” She hung out there for about a year until she got bored and went to LA to address an “immigrants’ rights” rally. (One thing that never comes up at these is that LEGAL immigrants already have the rights that they’re demanding. It’s the ILLEGAL ones that are lacking.) Afterwards, officials arrested her and put her on the first flight home.

(Her son, who she could have taken with her, is staying with people who were already his de facto guardians.)

Well, she’s continuing her crusade to come back to the United States, but on her terms. She’s become a celebrity in Mexico, with the Mexican Senate championing her. And she’s also trying to shift the blame for her crimes and consequences:

“The United States is the one who broke the law first. By letting people cross over without documents. By letting people pay taxes.”

Um, no. Ma’am, you broke the law first when you entered the country illegally.

Quite frankly, her argument sounds an awful lot like the rationale a lot of rapists use. In essence, according to Ms. Arellano, the US “was asking for it.”

As much as I’d like to thoroughly lambaste this egotistical, self-centered, arrogant leech, I’m going to rise above that and make her an offer:

I’d like to see the United States, as a magnanimous gesture, agree to set aside her criminal conviction and prior deportations and allow her to act like any other would-be immigrant. Have her go through the entire legal process to come to the United States, to be treated like anyone else.

That, of course, will be utterly unacceptable to Ms. Arellano. She doesn’t want equal treatment, she wants special treatment. To her, the fact that she has successfully infiltrated the United States and borne a son who has American citizenship entitles her to cut to the head of the line, to be treated deferentially, to be immune from the laws and regulations that everyone else has to abide by.

The United States, as is often stated, is “a nation of immigrants.” But while we need and ought to welcome most all immigrants, we must reserve the right to choose who we do — and do not — accept. And Ms. Arellano has demonstrated at every occasion that she is precisely the sort of iimmigrant we do not need.

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