Update: So, what does Michael Chertoff plan to do about this? Chicago Tribune:
Elvira Arellano, the illegal Mexican immigrant who has avoided deportation for a year by taking refuge inside a Humboldt Park church, plans to leave her sanctuary next month to participate in an immigration march in Washington, according to today’s edition of Hoy.
Arellano, who is scheduled to announce her decision later this morning, told the Spanish-language newspaper in an exclusive interview that she hopes to use her status as a figurehead for the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to leverage support for more lenient reforms.
After the Senate failed to pass a bipartisan bill in June that would have offered legalization for undocumented immigrants, the federal government has stepped up enforcement through more workplace raids, higher penalties against employers who hire illegal workers and a more concerted effort to go after fugitives like Arellano who have already been ordered to leave the country.
“If [immigration authorities] want to arrest me over there, in front of Congress, in front of the White House or in front of the Senate, and deport me in front of all those people that make the changes in the law, it’s fine,” Arellano, 32, told the newspaper while inside the Aldaberto United Methodist Church on Division Street. “But I’m not going to stay quiet, nor wait for them to come to arrest me and deport me. I have to fight and this is part of the fight.”
Arellano entered the US illegally in 1997, was deported once, re-entered the US illegally again, gave birth to a son, and used a false Social Security number to get a job at O’Hare International Airport. She was ordered to appear for a deportation hearing in 2006. Instead, she took refuge at Adalberto United Methodist church in Chicago to ditch the hearing and evade deportation authorities.
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Will the execution-style murder of three young students in Newark, N.J., finally turn the tide in the immigration enforcement debate? Will we at last abandon the deadly, chaotic, lawless sanctuary nation experiment and restore America’s lost status as a sovereign nation under the rule of law?
The death of six innocent men and women and the injury of more than 1,000 at the hands of several illegal alien 1993 World Trade Center bombers wasn’t enough to convince politicians in New York and across this country to end illegal alien sanctuary policies.
The death of nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children at the hands of the 9/11 jihadists who exploited our lax entrance and visa enforcement policies in 2001 wasn’t enough.
The death of 10 innocent men and women in the Washington, D.C., area at the hands of an illegal alien sniper and his bloodthirsty mentor in 2002 wasn’t enough.
But now we are in the heat of a presidential election cycle. The open-borders opportunists in immigration enforcement clothing are professing to see the light. With illegal alien murder suspect Jose Carranza and his alleged MS-13 gang-banging boy helpers who are being sought in the brutal Newark murder case dominating the news on the Eastern seaboard, politicians can’t find a camera fast enough to condemn the very sanctuary policies they promoted and tolerated for decades — sanctuary policies I’ve highlighted f or years in this column and on this blog.
Amnesty-first GOP presidential candidate John McCain is now singing the enforcement-first tune. And GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani v owed Tuesday to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S.
He’s touting a “tamper-proof ID card” that includes fingerprints for everyone entering the country and a central database to track when they leave.
What Rudy-come-lately fails to comprehend is that there are already multiple alien tracking databases mandated by federal law that have yet to be fully implemented, integrated and used. The reason they don’t work is because open-borders interests have sabotaged them by restricting funding for them, objecting to them on civil liberties grounds, and pushing local and state governments to forbid public employees from checking them to verify citizenship status. Ring a bell, Rudy?
Giuliani’s newfound border security zeal is intended to blunt criticism by GOP rival Mitt Romney of Giuliani’s pro-sanctuary record as NYC mayor. Giuliani has issued Clintonian denials that he supported sanctuary. But the record is clear. New York City’s sanctuary policy was created in 1989 by Democrat Mayor Ed Koch and upheld by every mayor succeeding him. When Congress enacted immigration reform laws that forbade local governments from barring employees from cooperating with the INS, Giuliani filed suit against the feds in 1997. He was rebuffed by two lower courts, which ruled that the sanctuary order amounted to special treatment for illegal aliens and was nothing more than an unlawful effort to flaunt federal enforcement efforts against illegal aliens. In January 2000, the Supreme Court rejected his appeal, but Giuliani vowed to ignore the law.
To this day, the city’s policy of safe harbors for illegal immigrants stands. Giuliani successor Michael Bloomberg defiantly reiterated the official sanctuary posture of NYC this week: “Let ’em come.” Could he be more callous, cavalier and out of touch in a post-9/11 world?
From New York to Newark to Seattle to Portland to San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Diego to Houston to Miami, lawmakers have taken this go-with-the-flow attitude toward illegal alien border-crossers and visa overstayers and deportation fugitives. “Let ’em come.”
But in the wake of the Newark murders and the illumination of illegal alien gang crime penetrating the country, a new rallying cry came from the lips of Newark Mayor Cory Booker: “Get this evil out of my city.” That won’t happen without a demonstrated commitment to cooperate with the feds to enforce immigration laws and deport violent and dangerous criminal aliens first.
A few weeks ago, I launched deportthemnow.com. Nearly 8,000 volunteers have signed up to make their voices heard. Our top priorities will be to push for the adoption of a program known as 287(g) to identify criminal illegal aliens in as many cities as possible; to repeal “don’t ask-don’t tell” sanctuary laws; and to support lawmakers like Newark City Councilman Ron C. Rice, who is pushing a resolution to coordinate efforts between law enforcement when an illegal immigrant is charged with a felony, and New Jersey Assemblyman Richard Merkt, R-Morris, who proposed prohibiting jail officials from releasing illegal immigrants and requiring them to be remanded to federal authorities.
It’s time for ordinary Americans to come out of the shadows and remind Washington every day in words and actions that we are a sovereign nation, not a sanctuary nation.
No more promises. No need to wait for Election ’08. Just do it.
Geraldo Rivera is fuming and sputtering. No, not because he is angry at the government’s failure to prevent illegal alien crimes that are, as the Freedom Folks put it, 100 percent preventable. Rivera is fuming that the MSM is finally taking the criminal alien angle seriously.
As a Police Officer in the State of California for 20+ years, I can assure you that there was a time in the history of our nation (or at least California) where Illegal Aliens were picked up and sent back to their own country – which was usually Mexico. From 1975 until about 1978 we were expected to arrest undocumented aliens if they had no documents or what they did have were false. On most every week-end I would arrest 15 to 20 illegals, call the Border Patrol and on Monday a large bus would show up and take them out of our jail and back to the processing center in the San Diego area. Of course, I could expect to see most of them back in town in 3 days or so, but they were deported at the time. It was much easier to get back across the border. These were not criminals – they were very hard working and they usually did their very best to stay out of trouble. They did not fight with the Police Officers who arrested them – they just gave up and accepted the free vacation ride back to Mexico and their families. Then things changed in about 1977 or 78. We were told that we had to have probable cause to believe that someone had committed a criminal violation of a State law before we could stop and arrest. Then, since we were really good at finding minor violations that gave us P.C. to make the stop and then arrest any illegal alien in the car, they changed things around again. We were told that we could not stop and arrest any suspected illegal alien without seeing them commit a misdemeanor or having Probable Cause to believe that they had committed a felony. Then, we had to arrest them,prosecute them and have them serve their State Prison or County Jail time before they could be deported. After that it became a joke. It also became far more dangerous for an officer.
The govt. of Mexico was releasing their criminals and sending them north with the promise that they would face very serious penalties if they were found back in Mexico. It was a nightmare. An officer could tell if the person he was talking to was just a poor working stiff or a criminal who knew how to work the system in Mexico and the U.S.
It got to the point that we didn’t bother trying to get anything accomplished unless it was a major felony because we would see our misdemeanor arrests back in town after they did their County Jail time. They were not being deported. So, unless it happened right in front of us where we could testify to what crime had been committed (like DWI or Drunk in Public)it wasn’t worth the time and effort to try and build a case because the prosecutors would look for reasons to not prosecute.
I’m still in Law enforcement but not as a Patrol Officer. I went up thru the ranks to become a Police Chief in several different cities but tired of the politics and small town politicians. I know, as do hundreds or thousands of Police Officers that worked the streets during the 70’s, that at one time this country did do the right thing. The men and women on Police Departments today would be more than happy to arrest and deport illegal aliens – if they were allowed to and they didn’t have to climb thru a virtual mountain of paperwork just for one arrest. It was done in the past and it could be done again – all that has to happen is that our National Politicians need to go back and see what was changed in the late 70’s and repeal that change. Cops would be happier, legal residents would be happier, citizens would be happier. Yes, there would be the unhappy ones who claim that they need the workers or that we are violating rights that illegal aliens don’t have in the first place, etc., etc..
This is not a problem that can’t be solved. Between the people who would leave here of their own free will and the people that are arrested and returned to their native country, I think we would see a major difference in only a few years. Add to that the raids on the large employers of illegal aliens and you have a large number of people headed back to their homeland.
Albuquerque, NM becomes a sanctuary city. They will come to regret it someday.