Chicago Tribune

UPDATE: LOS ANGELES (AP)? An immigration activist who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year has been deported to Mexico, the church’s pastor said.

Elvira Arellano was deported several hours after her arrest outside a church in Los Angeles, said the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago, where Arellano had taken refuge.

“She has been deported. She is free and in Tijuana,” said Coleman, who said he spoke to her on the phone. “She is in good spirits. She is ready to continue the struggle against the separation of families from the other side of the border.”

A message left with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials late Sunday was not immediately returned.


Local Spanish-language radio host Javier Salas said he felt badly for what happened to Arellano. But in leaving the sanctuary of Adalberto United Methodist Church and heading to Los Angeles, it was only a matter of time before she was arrested.

“I’m not happy that this happened, but it was bound to happen because she was challenging the system,” said Salas, the host of the morning-drive talk show La Tremenda on WRTO AM-1200.

By Sunday afternoon Salas was already talking about the arrest on the radio, and callers were weighing in too.

Callers were “saying that she was traveling to Los Angeles and around the United States, she would provoke [Immigration and Customs Enforcement
and the anti-immigrant groups,” he said. “There would be checkpoints everywhere.”

Salas questioned why it appeared that mainstream media make Arellano out to be the face of undocumented immigrants, when her actions have exacerbated the animosity toward them.

“She wasn’t down to earth,” he said, adding that Arellano acted “entitled” to rights “when there’s thousands and thousands of people in the same situation.”

“She made everything worse,” Salas said. “She’s not a face of the immigrants. My family without papers, she doesn’t represent them.”

Activists in the Chicago area who have followed Arellano’s story weren’t surprised that the law caught up to her.

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25 Responses to “Elvira Arellano Deported To Tijuana Hours After Arrest!”

  1. 1 litew8

    To think these people can enter our country illegally and change our laws is hilarious.

  2. 2 litew8

    “She is in good spirits. She is ready to continue the struggle against the separation of families from the other side of the border.”

    Why doesn’t she just stay in Mexico and FIGHT for a better life there!

    The utter ignorance of some people!

  3. 3 Faye

    I was wondering if Chertoff or whatever his name is was going to stand for that last challenge. They challenge us everyday… In your face this time, Elvira!

  4. 4 Harrison Bergeron

    “anti-immigrant” … “without papers”

    The usual dishonest and insulting terminology. Suggesting a legal immigrant and a criminal alien are the same. Trivializing citizenship by suggesting it’s just a matter of having “papers”, as if the great privlidge of being granted US citizenship were on par with getting a fishing license.

    All of the time and effort expended to protect Ms. Arellano from facing deportation for her crimes could have been used to help her settle back in Mexico. Help her find a place to live, help her find a job. So she and her son could have some sort of life. But I guess that makes too much common sense.

  5. 5 Rim

    Challenging the system is not the way to go for an illegal. American Citizens are the only people who can challenge our laws. If she is ever found in the US again I hope she will be imprisoned until she is 65 or 70 and then deported to Mexico and let her try and find work.

    Way to go ICE.

  6. 6 Eddie B.

    Adios Mutt!


    What happened yesterday to Elvira Arrellano has created a national backlash against XENOPHOBE RACIST ameriKKKa within the Latino community as a whole. White racist ameriKKKa will NOW feel the wrath of THE BROWNING OF AMERIKKKA like whitey has NEVER seen before in this nation’s history. BEWARE MINUTEMEN! HEED THIS WARNING! I have it by good reliable sources that there are already well placed elements placed in logistic areas throughout the Mexican side of the US Arizona border to protect any and ALL undocumented immigrants from harm crossing the border that might become victimized by ANY and ALL UNAUTHORIZED law enforcement personnel.
    E.F. Mohammed Martinez aka AL-QAEDA!

  8. 8 DfD

    Now she can assist her folks in the running of their store. I can’t believe she abandoned them to begin with. Course, she’s willing to abandon her son now.

    IT’S ALL ABOUT HER! Not anybody else!

  9. 9 Deadeyemcgill

    I,m glad she’s gone, I hope she stays gone. I’m glad ICE did it. At the same time, I wish they would be allowed to do more of that to illegals who are not the center of controversy with a bunch of idiots backing them. In listening to some of those links to the right, I heard the editor of VDARE saying that border guards are being told not to do their job so the statistics sound as though not as many are pouring in.I can’t heip but feel as though this is all staged to a degree. Are they hoping that this type of deportation will make people feel sorry for the illegals, or that it will point out why we can’t “just deport all 12 million”? Its a bad call if so, but our fearless leaders are demonstrably out of touch and I”m still suspicious. Even so, good riddance, and your son is certainly encouraged to join you.

  10. 10 Vincent Narodnik

    If anyone is able today, lets try to monitor the enemies sites, radio stations, newspapers, etc. Anything interesting or useful, please send it in. We probably ought to stay on top of this.
    The only thing I can think at this point is that she might try to return Sept 12 for the mass demonstrations. if that were true, we should probably do some advance work and call Chertoff, Julie Myers etc etc and tell them in no uncertain terms that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE should Arrelano get a visitiors pass. -not even for a day. She still has a stack of felonies we could charge her with.

  11. 11 DfD

    Geraldo says this will be the “wedge” issue for the upcoming elections. He could not be more wrong, again! Illegal Immigration will be what it is doing right now! UNIFYING Americans! Unifying Democrats, Republicans, and Independents!

    Poor Geraldo. He’s on Laura Ingraham cryin’ like a little bitch.

  12. 12 Sippy69

    Geraldo is such a loser…GOODBYE ELVIRA! IT WASN’T NICE HAVING YOU HERE!!!

  13. 13 sliptip

    This bit of hilarity is right from the ICE website’s press release touting Arellano’s arrest:
    “Identifying, arresting, and removing criminal aliens and immigration fugitives - aliens who have ignored court orders to leave the country - is one of ICE’s top enforcement priorities.”
    Boy are we in trouble. How long did they know where she was? And how long did it take them to arrest her? If making criminal alien arrests are a “top” priority, I’d hate to see how long it takes ICE to make “low” priority arrests.

  14. 14 DfD

    Hey Geraldo,

    Elvira was NOT invited, and was NEVER welcomed here!

    Isn’t Sualito going with her? Isn’t this where NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND kicks in? BWahahahahahahahahahaha

  15. 15 Vincent Narodnik

    Well, to answer your question Dfd, NO.
    I just got off of ICE website, and here is the swip:
    Arellano’s U.S. citizen son was with her at the time of her arrest. At Arellano’s request, he was left in the custody of her traveling companions, including Pastor Walter Coleman, the Pastor of the Chicago church where she had received sanctuary for the past year.
    1] Note the disjunctive grammar in the opening words of this sentence.
    Q: Do I introduce my mother by saying “this is my New York born mother Catherine? …if I had, wouldnt it seem that it was more important for me to have you to know that she was from New York than that she was my mother?
    but that is a side matter.
    Saulito…sorry…US CITIZEN Saulito will stay in America with a stranger. Family values and all that. Such a thing merits child removal by CPS under “normal” conditions.

    Does that answer your question, ImmigrationWatchdog Poster Dfd?

  16. 16 Mountain Man

    I’ll bet you 10 to 1 that she comes back before fall starts. If she does I hope they jail her for years. She already has the rough looks she should fit right in, in jail.

    Later days you stinking baby factory.

  17. 17 DfD

    Just being sarcastic. Gearing up for the next round in this Illegal Alien Crisis.

  18. 18 the marlboro man

    S end word to the good pastor,she has a nice joband a place to stay!!At Padro,s pool hall& Whore House/on the corner of main & 8th in TJ!!!! please forward her mail/you know the checks????

  19. 19 hadenuff

    With the borders wide open, it may not be too long before she is back here, with a new name and identity. Word is, she can buy a “whole new life” for about $150. Lets just hope that life does’nt allready belong to someone else.

  20. 20 Davey in Seattle

    Look for her Sept 12th. Call ICE if you are there at the rallies. She might be able to buy a new ID but, she is famous.

  21. 21 melody

    In this picture Elvira seems to like the preacher Coleman, so maybe she did go with him and the wife wanted rid of her.;index=10

    Another possibility:
    I have heard that when somebody is willing to babysit your kid for free, watch out! That person might want another kid and for some reason wants to take yours. Was Emma Lozano paid to watch Saul all those times? Now she gets to take over as the mother. Most people want babies, but who knows some people do get attached to the kids they take care of.

  22. 22 Vincent Narodnik

    I was being sarcastic too, like usual.
    I just thought that it was weird.
    I might write Julie Myers with a greeting like this:
    Dear US Citizen Julie Myers,
    Firstly, let me commend you on the fine grammar on display at this site

  23. 23 madMIDWESTERN

    hey Vincent,

    I like what you said about monitoring the pro-illegal sites, i have tried to do that from time to time but the number one thing wrong with doing that, wll maybe second behind the stomach turning lies on them, is that they never UPDATE them, most of them look like a monkey set them up and the last news is from before shamnesty died. I like the proactive thinking though, i try to do things like that and donate when i can since i don’t live in the most active areas where marching and border watch is necesary.

  24. 24 simone

    On Lou Dobbs today, it was reported that Elvira would be allowed back into our country if it is approved by AG Gonzalez or Chertoff. I was under the impression, that once she became a felon and eventually deported, she would never be allowed back to become a citizen or even to get a green card. Hmmm-I smell a rancid taco.

  25. 25 Sandman

    Simone, you can be sure that Boosh & his minions will give a pardon to Smellvira before they do anything for Ramos & Campean. I think Smellvira has decided that she will become a permanent pain in the ass regardless of which side of the border she is on!

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