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September 04, 2007

Arrest of mother puts 'human face' on immigration

Aug. 31, 2007

NOTE: Photographs, video and audio available at http://umns.umc.org.

By Kathy L. Gilbert, From the Worldwide Faith News archives www.wfn.org

"Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant recently arrested and deported to Mexico, puts a "human face" on immigration in a high-profile case that United Methodist leaders say will force Congress to see the issue in terms of justice and mercy.

Her Aug. 19 arrest has separated Arellano from her 8-year-old son, Saul, who was born in the United States and is a U.S. citizen. Arellano is a member and lay leader of Adalberto United Methodist Church and had taken sanctuary in the Chicago church from Aug. 15, 2006 to Aug. 16, 2007. She decided to leave the church to speak nationwide for immigration reform and was arrested days later.

Since her arrest, Saul has lived in Chicago with the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of the church, and his wife. (Hear interview with Rev. Coleman at add podcast link.)

Coleman said Arellano is "free and secure in Mexico and continuing the struggle for the 4 million U.S. citizen children who are losing one or more parents" due to deportation. Coleman and his wife plan to take Saul to Mexico to visit with his mother, who will decide about Saul's future...".

Posted by VisaLawyer at September 4, 2007 10:13 AM


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