Elvira Arellano’s road trip ends in apprehension
Left: Elvira Arellano
Above: Michelle Dallacroce, founder of Mothers Against Illegal Aliens, has been on a quest to get Congress to stop ignoring the “under the jurisdiction” clause of 14th Amendment, citing it is absurd to grant citizenship to the children of foreign invaders.
PHOTO BY LINDA BENTLEY
Elvira Arellano’s road trip ends in apprehension
‘… fix this broken law and uphold the principals of human dignity’
By Linda Bentley
LOS ANGELES – After seeking sanctuary in the Aldalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago, where she has lived for the past year to avoid deportation, Elvira Arellano decided to hold a press conference last Thursday, announcing she would be going to Washington, D.C. on Sept. 12 to lobby Congress to reform our country’s immigration laws.
After living in the United States illegally for a decade, Arellano still does not speak English and requires an interpreter. However, this time she read, with great difficulty, a speech prepared for her in English.
Peppered with repeated references to her “American citizen son,” Arellano read, “If this government would separate me from my son, let them do it in front of the men and women who have the responsibility to fix this broken law and uphold the principles of human dignity.” According to the Merriam- Webster Dictionary, dignity is defined as “the quality or state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed.” Arellano, 32, is hardly the portrait of dignity.
Shortly after entering the country illegally in 1997 using someone else’s identification, Arellano was deported.
However, she returned almost immediately, working at various jobs in Washington State, later moving to Chicago, using the names Gloria Trevino and Donna Miranda-Baretto and a social security number issued in Wisconsin to Margaret Benez, born May 6, 1920 and who died Sept. 15, 1995.
That was how Arellano was able to gain access to the secure area of O’Hare International Airport where she worked cleaning airplane cabins.
That was also what got her arrested and deported after immigration agents did a sweep at O’Hare in 2001.
In addition to entering the country illegally, engaging in identity fraud, Arellano gave birth to an illegitimate son, Saul, now eight, who would not be an American citizen, had Arellano not reentered the country illegally after being deported.
With a glowing eight-page pre-sentencing report, stating deportation would be punishment enough, Arellano was charged with a single misdemeanor for fraudulently presenting a social security card that was not issued by the Social Security Administration and was sentenced to three years probation, which prohibited Arellano from remaining in or reentering the United States after being deported.
Arellano lost the appeal of her deportation order, but instead of surrendering to be deported, Arellano decided to hole up in Rev. Walter “Slim” Coleman’s church.
During Thursday’s press conference, Arellano, reading from her prepared statement, said, “Families should not be separated. I understand fear because I fear being torn from the arms of my son.” Arellano made the decision to become a fugitive.
Apparently Arellano had other plans she did not announce during the press conference.
After the press conference, Michelle Dallacroce, founder of Mothers Against Illegal Aliens, learned Arellano was headed to Los Angeles, accompanied by Coleman and others, where they were to join Coleman’s wife, Emma Lozano, an open borders activist for Latin American illegal aliens and one of Arellano’s closest friends.
On Friday, Aug. 18, Dallacroce called the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Los Angeles and spoke to Agent Bison, advising him of Arellano’s status as a fugitive and that she was on her way to Los Angeles.
While Arellano’s every move has been covered by the Chicago Tribune, including sending a reporter to Arellano’s home village of San Miguel Cunahuango, Michoacán, Mexico, earlier this year, Dallacroce said no one from the Chicago ICE office contacted ICE in Los Angeles to advise them of fugitive alien Arellano’s road trip.
The Tribune’s Online edition released breaking news on Saturday announcing Arellano’s arrival at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Los Angeles and said she was expected to speak during an illegal alien rights march later that afternoon.
Dallacroce provided Bison with all the details available at the time.
On Sunday afternoon, immediately after Arellano and her entourage got into a van to leave Our Lady Queen of Angels Church to head north to San Jose, where Arellano had another speaking engagement scheduled, an unmarked vehicle pulled up to block them.
As the driver, Roberto Lopez, looked out the window to see why they were being blocked, they were soon surrounded by several more unmarked vehicles.
Agents got out and yelled for Arellano to get out of the van. Arellano asked to spend a moment with her son, and then surrendered without incident.
As of Monday, no charges have been brought against Coleman, Lozano or Lopez for aiding, harboring or transporting a fugitive alien.
Saul will remain in the United States with Lozano, which Arellano reportedly expressed was her wish if she was deported.
Again, it is Arellano who made the decision to be separated from her son.
Dallacroce said she planned to go to Washington, D.C. next month and make a citizens’ arrest had Arellano not been apprehended.
Over the past two years, Dallacroce has been lobbying to get Congress to clarify the “under the jurisdiction” clause of the 14th Amendment, which she says is being purposely misinterpreted in order to grant citizenship to the children of lawbreaking foreign invaders.
She believes these “jackpot” babies, raised by foreigners, speaking foreign languages, with no allegiance to this country, will eventually negate the votes of American children.
Dallacroce says Arellano’s sense of entitlement, based solely upon having given birth to an illegitimate son, after committing identity fraud and reentering the country illegally after being deported, emphasizes just how preposterous it is to grant citizenship to the children of foreign criminals, as she implores Congress to clarify the misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment for the sake of her own and all American children.
That’s the broken law Dallacroce says needs fixing.