DFW Shows More Sympathy Toward Immigrant Lawbreakers

Once again, it is time for the Fish Wrapper to defend the illegal immigrants instead of enforcing our immigration laws. A very one-side article discusses the story of Elvira Arellano and her son Saul, and their attempt to avoid deportation back to Mexico. As a refresher, Elvira entered the United States illegally after having been deported back to Mexico once. She was arrested in December, 2001, and convicted of using a fake Social Security number to get a job at O'Hare airport. She received a deportation order - after several extensions that allowed her to stay longer - and instead of obeying the order, ran to a church, and has been hiding there ever since. Although she has the support of the immigrant community (which goes without saying) and of course, Democrat politicians, she is losing support from just about everywhere else:

And yet she has benefited from some extraordinary political support, which few illegal immigrants get to enjoy. She won the help of members of the Illinois congressional delegation, who rallied around her because her 7-year-old son, Saul, a U.S. citizen, has ADHD and other health problems. She has been granted three stays of deportation since 2003. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) sent a letter to President Bush on Wednesday asking that Arellano be granted yet another stay. But Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Barack Obama and others have said there is nothing more they can do for her. Because her son's condition has improved, some of those sympathetic to her cause suggest that another stay of deportation cannot be justified. And so, she stands in public defiance of U.S. law--a symbol, as well, for those who say the only problem with immigration law is that it is not tough enough on those who violate it.

But, as is expected from the Fish Wrapper and the Los Angeles version of the Fish Wrapper (aka the LA Times), the mother and son are painted as victims, in spite of the fact that her every action was illegal, something she was obviously aware of.

MEXICO CITY — Seven-year-old Saul Arellano fidgeted with his lucha libre wrestling toys Tuesday as he walked through the halls of Mexico's Congress. Alongside him was the small retinue of U.S. activists who have helped make him a cause celebre of the immigration debate on both sides of the border. The shy but persuasive U.S.-born son of a Mexican immigrant told his story to legislators in spare, American-accented Spanish. "It's hard to talk to a 7-year-old," said Congressman Edmundo Ramirez. "But he's made it clear he doesn't want to be separated from his mother…. There are millions of undocumented families in the United States that are in the same position."

Yes, and they are in that position of their own choosing, are they not? They were well aware that they were entering illegally, and should have been aware of the consequences.

On Tuesday, the child lobbyist persuaded the factions in Mexico's divided Congress to unite behind his plea: They voted unanimously to ask the U.S. government not to deport his mother, Elvira, an illegal immigrant holed up in a Chicago church.

So what kind of message does that send if she is allowed to stay? As one Chicago area resident put it:

If she is allowed to stay, what does this tell all the other people trying to immigrate here by following the law?

Simple; it tells them that our laws are not worth obeying, since we don't enforce them.

"This is a fight we won't give up on," Elvira, a 31-year-old single mother, said in Spanish. "My son is an American citizen, and he deserves to have his mother by his side." There are at least 3.1 million children like Saul in the United States, with one or more parents in the country illegally, according to a 2006 report released by the Pew Hispanic Center.

And he can still have his mother by his side - in Mexico, where they can live legally. But instead, they choose to parade this seven year old boy around to garner sympathy.

A somber boy who dreams of becoming a firefighter, Saul has traveled to Los Angeles, visited the White House twice to deliver letters to President Bush and spoken at public rallies in Chicago. Elvira, meanwhile, has tried to make the tiny space where she lives with her son homey. Lace curtains hang over the one small window, which looks out onto a brick wall. The pressure has taken its toll on her son, she said. Saulito has broken out in hives from stress and is seeing a therapist once a week to deal with nightmares of his mother being dragged out of the church. "Some people have said I'm asking too much of Saulito," Elvira said. "But he wants to do this. He wants to fight this as much as I do."

This story makes me angry for two reasons:

  1. Ms. Arellano has knowingly and willingly broken our laws, and she then defies them;
  2. She is using a seven year old boy to achieve her means, with no regard for his well-being.

But that's what I've come to expect from the Fish Wrapper - sympathy towards liberal beliefs - supporting illegal immigration in this case - with no effort to address both sides of the story.

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