Boy leads protest over deported mother

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    By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer Wed Sep 12, 10:29 PM ET

    WASHINGTON - An 8-year-old boy whose mother was deported to Mexico led a chanting crowd of about 150 pro-immigration activists through the halls of Congress on Wednesday. Capitol Police arrested two demonstrators for disorderly conduct.
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    Saul Arellano and other children carried a banner that read: "Born in the USA. Don't take our moms and dads away."

    The boy's mother, Elvira Arellano, was deported last month after taking refuge in a Chicago church for a year.

    In Tijuana, Mexico, across the border from San Diego, Elvira Arellano spoke about her son to several dozen demonstrators. Saul was scheduled to join her there Thursday.

    "He is a boy who has been suffering because the U.S. government told his mother she couldn't stay in their country anymore because she was undocumented," she said.

    In Washington, activists clashed with police outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chanting and shouting for her to lead on immigration reform. Saul appeared to get enveloped in the shoving crowd.

    Demonstrators taped two oversize letters to Pelosi's door — one in English and one in Spanish — warning her, "If Democrats expect our support in the next election, the Democrats must support us now."

    Immigration reform legislation died in Congress this year and isn't expected to be revived anytime soon. Pelosi, D-Calif., was in Oregon on Wednesday for a forum on global warming.

    The crowd went to Pelosi's office after a news conference where they prayed, denounced deportations and broke into chants of "Si, se puede!" or "Yes, we can!" Saul drew on a piece of paper and sometimes ducked behind a desk. Asked by a demonstrator whether he wanted to speak, he shook his head no.

    The boy, wearing baggy jeans and a striped shirt and looking distracted, then joined other children at the front of an unruly procession through the halls and basements of two House office buildings. Behind him someone carried an icon of the Virgin of Guadalupe and two others held large flags, one Mexican and one Puerto Rican. At one point, a child hesitated to board an escalator, creating a bottleneck.

    Protesters left the Cannon House Office Building after police threatened more arrests.

    Elvira Arellano was in the U.S. illegally for several years before taking sanctuary at Chicago's Adalberto United Methodist Church, where she lived with her son for a year in defiance of a deportation order.

    She left the church last month to speak to other immigrants around the country and was arrested in Los Angeles by immigration authorities. They deported her to Tijuana, where she has been promoting an overhaul to U.S. immigration laws.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070913/ap_on_re_us/deported_activist_1
     
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    "If Democrats expect our support in the next election, the Democrats must support us now."


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    She couldn't stay in the country because she broke the countires laws, on numerous occasions. The boy has been "suffering" because his mother chose to leave the boy behind. Her choice. She was given the option to take the boy with her, she chose not to. The boy is "suffering" not because the U.S. government was enforcing it's laws, but because of the choices his mother made.

    I question the intelligence of anyone who fails to recognize these facts and instead blames the U.S. government.
     
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    The law in the U.S. is that someone is entitled to apply for citizenship based on their child's birth here.

    I'm not aware of what laws she broke... other than the coming here illegally, of course.
     
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    A U.S.-born child cannot sponsor his/her parents for legal immigration to the United States until he/she becomes an adult, and illegal immigrant parents do not gain any additional legal rights based solely on the fact that they have had a child born in the US.

    Well let's see, to begin with she entered the U.S. illegally, twice. In 2002 she was arrested and convicted of Social Security Fraud, I believe that is a felony. She was using a false Social Security number to obtain employment and was sentenced to three years probation. She was ordered to appear before immigration authorities on August 15, 2006. Instead she took refuge in the Adalberto United Methodist church in Chicago to avoid arrest and deportation. I believe they call that "failure to appear." So that's at least four times she broke the laws in the U.S.
     
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    I'd love to know your support for that statement, because my understanding is that one is entitled to apply for permanent residence if:

    You are the spouse, parent, unmarried child under age 21, the unmarried son or daughter over age 21, the married son or daughter, or the brother or sister of a United States citizen and have a visa petition approved in your behalf.

    http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/us...nnel=54519c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD

    So she's guilty of wanting to live and work in this country... doesn't quite count, I think. Nor do her "crimes" particularly concern me.

    We don't separate mothers and children...or we didn't used to.
     
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    From your own link:

    Ineligible

    There may be other reasons that you are eligible for adjustment to permanent resident status. Please see USCIS Form I-485 for more complete information.

    You may be ineligible for adjustment to permanent resident status if:

    You entered the U.S. while you were in transit to another country without obtaining a visa.


    You entered the U.S. while you were a nonimmigrant crewman.


    You were not admitted or paroled into the United States after being inspected by a U.S. Immigration inspector.


    You are employed in the United States without USCIS authorization or you are no longer legally in the country (except through no fault of your own or for some technical reason). This rule does not apply to you if:


    You are the immediate relative of a U.S. citizen (parent, spouse, or unmarried child under 21 years old).


    Certain foreign medical graduates, international organization employees and family members.


    No, she is guilty of entering the United States illegally, illegally obtaining and using a Social Security number, a felony, and she is guilty of failure to appear for the INS hearing.

    You're absolutely right, we don't. She was given the option of taking her son with her, she chose not to do so. It was HER choice to leave her son behind. She is the reason they are seperated.
     
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    social security fraud doesn't concern you?
     
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    i thought liberals were pro choice.....:rofl:
     
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