A former illegal alien who sought sanctuary in a Chicago church in 2006 before being deported back to Mexico has written a letter to President Barack Obama, asking him to issue an executive order to stop sending illegals home.
Elvira Arellano came to the United States illegally in 1997 and was deported. But she returned less than a week later and began working as a cleaning employee for the O’Hare International Airport. After being convicted of Social Security fraud, she faced another deportation in August 2006. She took refuge in Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago and called for the suspension of the nation’s immigration laws and a “campaign of resistance.”
She remained there for months before traveling to California where she was arrested and deported from Los Angeles in 2007.
Today, outside the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Arellano announced that she gave American officials a letter for Obama, asking him to stop workplace raids and deportations, the Associated Press reports. She said she believes the new president will reform U.S. immigration policy and stop separating families.
The announcement came during an immigration march in Washington, D.C., today. Several groups, organized by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, or FIRM, marched on the offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for “just and humane” immigration reform. According to its website, the group aims to “lay to rest 8 years of enforcement-only immigration policy at the hands of the Bush administration.”
President Obama’s immigration agenda has been posted on the WhiteHouse website, where he said, “Our broken immigration system can only be fixed by putting politics aside and offering a complete solution that secures our border, enforces our laws, and reaffirms our heritage as a nation of immigrants.”
The agenda calls for the following actions:
- Create Secure Borders: Protect the integrity of our borders. Support additional personnel, infrastructure and technology on the border and at our ports of entry.
- Improve Our Immigration System: Fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill
- Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally: Remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants
- Bring People Out of the Shadows: Support a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens
- Work with Mexico: Promote economic development in Mexico to decrease illegal immigration
As WND reported earlier, Obama has also advocated issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.
As U.S. senator, Obama voted voted against an amendment aimed at reducing document fraud and preserving the integrity of the Social Security system. He also sponsored a bill to provide in-state tuition rates at state and community colleges to illegals.
Oscar Chacón, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, told New York’s El Diario Americans can expect to see a change in immigration policy as early as this year.
“There is no doubt that the Obama Administration will push immigration reform,” Chacón said. “In a meeting we … had recently with the Obama transition team’s immigration advisers, they assured us that he has in his plans an immigration reform for the first year of his government.”