Elvira Arellano Deported

Well, I.C.E. answered the question posed in my previous “Elvira” post. Ms. Arellano was sent back to México (specifically Tijuana, which being a border city is neither México or the U.S.) as the law demands of someone who chose to take her course of action.

Again, we can argue whether current U.S. immigration law is fair or not, but the fact is that under current law, Ms. Arellano had to be deported.

In the story cited above, Elvira is quoted as saying,

They were in a hurry to deport me because they saw that I was threatening to mobilize and organize the people to fight for legalization. I have a fighting spirit and I’m going to continue fighting.

Actually, El, you were deported because you entered this country illegally. Even if we set aside immigration law, using a fake Social Security Number is against the law as is not showing up for a court hearing.

Anyone who decides to leave their place of birth and go to another country has a fighting spirit, no doubt, and I applaud her efforts to “keep fighting”. Though this must be done within the context of the law not outside of it.

The loser in all this is her child, who is a U.S. citizen and thus can legally stay here in the States. While it is sad that he is separated from his mother, he does not have to be, for I think he has the option to be with her in México.


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