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Old 05-06-2009, 05:01 AM
 
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Among the better known candidates running for Congress is Elvira Arellano, the deported activist from the United States who came to symbolize the face of the new immigrant movement. Taking refuge in a Chicago church in August 2006, Arellano defied a deportation order and US immigration authorities for one year in an unsuccessful attempt to remain with her young son. In August 2007, she was arrested and sent back to Mexico after appearing at an immigrant rights rally in Los Angeles.

Almost two years later, Arellano is on the campaign trail in Tijuana, Baja California, where she is the candidate for Congressional District #4 on the ticket of the center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).

Keeping true to her word to keep the migrant issue alive in the public eye, the energetic activist is stressing immigrant rights issues in Mexico’s 2009 political campaign. In comments last weekend, Arellano said she is especially concerned about the fate of women migrants who pass through Mexico on their way to the US, a journey that is often fraught with sexual assaults and other abuses.

"I am going to seek laws in Congress that protect women, and also that protect undocumented Central Americans who are treated like criminals in Mexico," Arellano said.


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While I am no fan of hers' , this is the best and smartest thing that she has done since her deportation. I hope she wins
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:15 AM
 
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Among the better known candidates running for Congress is Elvira Arellano, the deported activist from the United States who came to symbolize the face of the new immigrant movement. Taking refuge in a Chicago church in August 2006, Arellano defied a deportation order and US immigration authorities for one year in an unsuccessful attempt to remain with her young son. In August 2007, she was arrested and sent back to Mexico after appearing at an immigrant rights rally in Los Angeles.

Almost two years later, Arellano is on the campaign trail in Tijuana, Baja California, where she is the candidate for Congressional District #4 on the ticket of the center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD).

Keeping true to her word to keep the migrant issue alive in the public eye, the energetic activist is stressing immigrant rights issues in Mexico’s 2009 political campaign. In comments last weekend, Arellano said she is especially concerned about the fate of women migrants who pass through Mexico on their way to the US, a journey that is often fraught with sexual assaults and other abuses.

"I am going to seek laws in Congress that protect women, and also that protect undocumented Central Americans who are treated like criminals in Mexico," Arellano said.


American Patrol Report

While I am no fan of hers' , this is the best and smartest thing that she has done since her deportation. I hope she wins
I agree, I'm not fan of the PRD LOL, but at least she is doing the right thing now, hopefully she'll be a good example that you can change things you don't like in this country by getting involved in politics, instead of being a negative example of hiding in a church and expecting to break the law and have no consequences for it. Hmmmm perhaps if the laws were truly enforced many more people would realize they could put their lifes and energies to better use instead of emigrating illegaly.
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Old 05-06-2009, 08:32 AM
 
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I wonder how many Mexicans will vote for her. This woman has a very big sense of entitlement since she choose to have her child without a father to help support him and demanded to stay in the USA for the welfare programs. Is she going to push that same kind of welfare mentality for the illegals that pass through Mexico? That Mexican taxpayers have to provide them the handouts they want before arriving in the USA?
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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Good, she can attempt to enact change in her own country. I don't agree with her idea to make Mexico any more of an illegal highway then it already is --- but she has the right idea that as a Mexican Mexico is where she should vent and become political. Not the US.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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I wonder if she would be admitted to enter the U.S. if she wins. Would she get diplomatic immunity once she wins if she wants to come over?
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:50 PM
 
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I wonder if she would be admitted to enter the U.S. if she wins. Would she get diplomatic immunity once she wins if she wants to come over?
That I am not sure about if she is below a certain level in the Mexican government.

Although; if Arellano were admitted to the USA under official auspices---------she may be severely restricted (Wash DC, NYC, etc) as to her movements.
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Old 05-07-2009, 06:17 AM
 
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I agree, I'm not fan of the PRD LOL, but at least she is doing the right thing now, hopefully she'll be a good example that you can change things you don't like in this country by getting involved in politics, instead of being a negative example of hiding in a church and expecting to break the law and have no consequences for it. Hmmmm perhaps if the laws were truly enforced many more people would realize they could put their lifes and energies to better use instead of emigrating illegaly.
Well said Travelling dude.
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