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Illegal Aliens Demand Help From Obama

The Washington Post wants you to get out your handkerchiefs:

‘Mixed-Status’ Families Look to Obama

By Kari Lydersen
Sunday, November 16, 2008; A04

CHICAGO, Nov. 15 — The people were of different nationalities and backgrounds, but they had a common refrain: Don’t split up our families.

The 300-plus people who attended the meeting Saturday at St. Pius Church in the Pilsen neighborhood were sending a reminder to President-elect Barack Obama to keep his promise to address immigration reform.

“I expect Barack Obama, our engine for change, will do everything he can to keep his promise for comprehensive immigration reform that reunites families who are already separated and keeps families together,” said Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D), who called the meeting and who in the next Congress will reintroduce immigration legislation he co-sponsored last year.

Chicago, Obama’s home, has in recent years been at the forefront of the battle over immigration. The wave of massive marches for immigrant rights in 2006 started here, and Chicago groups — including the grass-roots organization La Familia Latina Unida — have for several years taken the lead nationally on “mixed-status” families.

The Aguirre and Pulido families that gathered in a Mexican restaurant after sharing their stories at St. Pius are among the nearly 2 million families in the United States with at least one undocumented parent and children who are U.S. citizens. The families’ stories, as well as those of others who filled out forms documenting their hardships, will be put in a report and given to Obama…

“President-elect Barack Obama is committed to reviving immigration reform. This has been a priority throughout his career in public office and will continue to be a priority in an Obama administration,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki said…

Chicago has led the way in shedding light on such mixed-status families.

In August 2006, Elvira Arellano, the single mother of a U.S.-born son, defied a deportation order and took refuge in a church on Chicago’s west side for a year until she was arrested after a speaking engagement in Los Angeles. She now lives in Mexico with her son, Saul, 9, and continues to lobby for immigration reform.

Another Mexican immigrant with a 2006 deportation order, Flor Crisostomo, is “taking sanctuary,” as she and supporters say, in the same church.

Some advocates are worried that the administration will not make immigration a priority because of the economic crisis and the controversial nature of the debate.

But Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said the economy makes it imperative to address the situation.

“In a time of economic crisis, it’s important to prevent unscrupulous employers from pulling down wages by hiring undocumented workers,” he said

Here we go. (Not that the drumbeat from our open borders media has ever stopped.)

But now we have a new cry: “Save Us Obama.”

How soon before the heroic (felon) Elvira Arellano returns to the US in triumph?

Another Mexican immigrant with a 2006 deportation order, Flor Crisostomo, is “taking sanctuary,” as she and supporters say, in the same church.

And why didn’t Aunt Zeituni go this route?

But Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said the economy makes it imperative to address the situation.

“In a time of economic crisis, it’s important to prevent unscrupulous employers from pulling down wages by hiring undocumented workers,” he said.

Yes, nothing helps an economic crisis like opening the floodgates to more people to compete for jobs and public services — and to go on the dole.

Apparently, there is never a bad time to have open borders.

Still, the question always arises — why can’t these families unite in their own countries?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 16th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Illegal Aliens Demand Help From Obama”

  1. 1republicanscientist says:

    “The people were of different nationalities and backgrounds, but they had a common refrain: Don’t split up our families”
    Well, there’s a simple reply to that common message: if you don’t want your families split up, then do not live ILLEGALLY (look this word up if it doesn’t make sense to you) in a foreign country. Pretty simple. What did Fox say he does to folks that are in his country illegally?

  2. Helena says:

    The question keeps waiting: What have these hardworking, long-suffering, committed-to-social-activism people done in their own countries to A) Reform their own elections B) Promote industry and trade in their own economies C) Promote “income equity” in their own tax structures?????

    And what about the American bleeding heart do-gooders who move heaven and earth to help them get “social justice”? Wouldn’t it do the whole world more good for them to go to Central America and agitate? Or are they afraid that would be too difficult?

  3. Chinnubie says:

    What gets me so fired-up about this topic is the simple fact that there is no logic to this argument. I mean if we went to any country illegally and got caught we would be locked up and forgotten about. How can any sane person make this an American problem or our fault? It is plain for everyone to see that it is illegal for anybody to cross our border without the proper authorization. If I do something stupid I have to accept the responsibility, so why should anyone care what happens to people that clearly break our laws. They did something stupid now they should take on the responsibility of those actions, just like the rest of us.

  4. pinandpuller says:

    No me molesta.

  5. bill says:

    Just stealing the jobs Americans once had.

  6. sheehanjihad says:

    “Or are they afraid that would be too difficult?”

    No, they are positive they would be beaten and then shot for opening their mouths in public. They know it wont happen here….that’s why they left home in the first place.

  7. Professor_Repulso says:

    “Illegal immigration” is an oxymoron. If it’s immigration, it is not illegal, and if they are here illegally they are not immigrants, are they? Maybe it’s time that a more accurate term be coined to describe these people. I’ll start the process — how about “foreign trespassers”? Ron Olliff, in the Washington Times

  8. U NO HOO says:

    ““Illegal immigration””

    Spying?

    Economic subterfuge?

    Doing a No-No?

    Being bad.?

    Not listening to a duly authorized officer of the law?

    Stealing?

    Sinning?

  9. take_no_prisoners says:

    Foreign trespassers!! I like it! Better yet Alien Trespassers!


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