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August 19, 2007

Activist heads to L.A. rally

From the Chicago Tribune, by Antonio Olivo, Tribune staff reporter, 9:55 PM PDT, August 17, 2007;

"Elvira Arellano has slipped out of the Chicago church where she avoided deportation for a year and is apparently headed toward Los Angeles, where an immigration march is being planned for Saturday, a West Coast march organizer said.

Arellano, an illegal Mexican immigrant, became a lightning rod in the country's immigration debate after taking refuge inside the Humboldt Park church last summer on the day she was to report to the Department of Homeland Security to be deported. Just two days ago, she announced she would leave the church, with the intention of going to Washington, D.C., to participate in a Sept. 12 prayer and fast vigil on the National Mall.

If all goes according to plan, she will be joined in Los Angeles by her son, Saul, 8, a U.S. citizen, who flew ahead with a family friend, said Javier Rodriguez, whose March 25 Coalition is coordinating the planned march through downtown Los Angeles.

Rodriguez called Arellano's decision to provoke federal immigration authorities by appearing publicly "her last fight at the O.K. Corral...".


Posted by VisaLawyer at August 19, 2007 09:00 AM


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