Elvira Arellano gets ambitious
posted at 8:15 am on August 29, 2007 by Bryan
I’m sure my Spanish tagline isn’t perfect. Perhaps Mexican President Calderon will appoint Elvira Arellano to straighten me out once she’s done advocating for all immigrants the world over.
She wants to be named “peace and justice” ambassador. I guess that’s why she’s raising her fist in that picture: In the name of peace. Her qualifications to be named ambassador: Breaking US law by slipping across the border twice, Social Security fraud, and defying a deportation order.
The recently deported illegal migrant and activist who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year, has asked the Mexico’s president to appoint her “peace and justice” ambassador so she can return to the United States.
Elvira Arellano, 32, who sought refuge to avoid being separated from her U.S.-born, 8-year-old son, was arrested and sent back to Mexico on Aug. 19 after traveling to Los Angeles to attend a rally for the overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. Her son stayed in the United States.
“What I’m asking for is a diplomatic visa so that I can be an ambassador for peace and justice because I’m not a terrorist and the United States can’t continue treating undocumented migrants as terrorists,” Arellano told reporters after meeting with President Felipe Calderon at the presidential residence, Los Pinos.
Calderon asked Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa to “look into the situation that Mrs. Arellano and her son face and to approach U.S. authorities so that we can respond to (her) request,” it said.
We’ve gone from the proper legal designation “illegal aliens” to “undocumented migrants” with this woman, a suggestion that she’s not even an “immigrant”: i.e., didn’t even cross an international boundary.
Update (AP): Here’s the video. I’m annoyed at Calderon for meeting with her but politically he had no choice.