You know who’d know how to handle a situation like this? Janet Reno.

Someone finally figured out a way to make church appealing to liberals:

Elvira Arellano and her 7-year-old son have been living in the Adalberto United Methodist Church since Tuesday when the 31-year-old single mother was supposed to surrender to authorities for deportation to Mexico…

Arellano was deported shortly after illegally crossing into the United States in 1997. She returned within days, living for three years in Oregon before moving to Chicago in 2000. She was arrested two years later at O’Hare International Airport, where she was working as a cleaning woman, and convicted of working under a false Social Security number.

In the years since her 2002 arrest, she has become a vocal proponent for immigration reform. Arellano, whose son is a U.S. citizen, is president of United Latino Family, a group that lobbies for families that could be split by deportation.

Kid from Brooklyn sent me this link the other day along with an angry note about how what she and the church are doing violates the Establishment Clause. Not so; only the feds can do that. Which, technically, they are doing by creating a special safe harbor from the immigration laws for places of worship. But until someone codifies it or adopts it as official policy, I’m afraid any legal challenge would be swept away under the rubric of prosecutorial discretion.

On the other hand, harboring criminals surely must place the church’s tax-exempt status in jeopardy. Not that the feds would seek to have it removed, but I wonder if they could if they so chose. Any tax lawyers out there, God help us?

Meawhile, radical immigration “activist” Nativo Lopez is organizing another marcha for, of all days, Labor Day — together with the Teamsters and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. What better way to celebrate the socialist dream than to have American workers marching alongside the one group that does more than any other to depress their wages and keep unskilled citizens unemployed?

Update: She doesn’t need the church. She needs to get to Denver.

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GOP demagoguery: Yeah, our side does it too. The Democrats are running an ad about Bush’s failures on homeland security that includes a very brief segment on illegal immigration. The chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly is outraged. He shouldn’t be.