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October 01, 2006

Immigration Activist Defying Ruling

This artice published on September 30, 2006 by Sophia Tareen, Associated Press Writer details the most recent ruling against a mother fighting to remain with her son;

"CHICAGO — An immigration activist who took refuge in a church after the government ordered her deported to Mexico said Saturday she will remain holed up there, even though a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed on her behalf.

The lawsuit against the government had contended that deporting Arellano would effectively deport her son Saul, who is a U.S. citizen, and would violate his rights. U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve ruled Friday that although the 7-year-old would face hardships, they weren't of constitutional magnitude.

Arellano, 31, and her son have been living at the Adalberto United Methodist Church since mid-August. "I want to stay here with my son,"Arellano said in Spanish to reporters at the church."I'm not just fighting for my situation. ... You can't separate families."
The Rev. Walter L. Coleman, the Adalberto pastor who sued in August on the woman's behalf, said he and Arellano are in contact with other families in similar situations and are considering filing a class-action lawsuit, he said.

Coleman said he is not concerned that federal officials will enter the church to remove Arellano. "We fear God more than we fear Homeland Security,"he said".


Posted by VisaLawyer at October 1, 2006 07:43 AM


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