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The open-borders abuse of Saul Arellano

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 12, 2007 07:10 AM

Update 9:15am Eastern: Watch this obnoxious video.

saul.jpg Illegal alien activists across the country will hold a “National Day of Action” today to show their solidarity with sanctuary symbol/deportation evader/document fraudster Elvira Arellano. Upon her recent deportation, she called on her open-borders mates to continue pushing for sabotage of our immigration laws. In Washington and elsewhere, the mob will declare “Todos Somos Elvira (We are all Elvira)” and demand a stop to cruel immigration raids that “separate families.”

Well, nothing the United States has ever done to illegal alien activist Elvira Arellano matches the cruelty and callousness of what she is doing to her own child. The Associated Press reports:

An 8-year-old boy has become a star attraction at pro-immigration events since his mother took refuge in a Chicago church before she was deported to Mexico.

Now, even some inside the immigration movement are questioning whether Saul Arellano is being exploited.

“It’s almost like an act of desperation on our part. Why is it that we need to depend upon a child?” said Armando Navarro, coordinator of the National Alliance for Human Rights, an umbrella organization for Hispanic groups in Southern California.

Saul’s mother, Elvira Arellano, was in the U.S. illegally for several years before taking sanctuary at Chicago’s Adalberto United Methodist Church, where she lived with her son for a year in defiance of a deportation order. She left the church last month to speak to other immigrants around the country and was arrested in Los Angeles by immigration authorities. They deported her to Tijuana, Mexico.

Hours after her arrest, Saul was brought to a news conference where supporters denounced her detention. He didn’t look into the cameras or even speak, instead hiding behind his godmother.

“I don’t want media,” he told his mother while visiting her a day later in Tijuana.

Yesterday, Saul Arellano was in Cleveland addressing illegal alien activists with his open-borders legal guardian. Word is that the little boy will be a star attraction today at the national amnesty rally in Washington, D.C.

Shouldn’t he be in school instead of being dragged around the country and paraded for the cameras?

Even more of Arellano’s open-borders allies are disgusted:

On Wednesday, advocates planned pro-immigrant demonstrations inspired by Saul’s mother in communities across the nation. The boy’s mother said Saul would be part of a vigil in Washington, D.C., or a rally in Tijuana. Anti-illegal immigrant groups have long accused Arellano and immigration activists of exploiting Saul in their pursuit of reform. The boy has zigzagged the country for the last year, appearing at rallies, on television programs and at meetings with lawmakers.

Many Hispanic activists and immigrants have also suggested that the boy should be allowed to live a normal childhood.

“Is it right to use a child … in political problems?” a person asked recently on http://www.hoyinternet.com, a Spanish-language news site. “Is it right for his own mother to use him this way?

And it looks like even the open-borders media is getting queasy about Saul Arellano’s role. Note that this is an Associated Press reporter describing the scene:

At rallies and news conferences, Saul is usually more interested in playing handheld video games or running around than speaking to the reporters. Since his mother was arrested in front of him last month — which she said traumatized him — he appears even more reticent.

During a brief appearance in San Jose two days after the arrest, Saul seemed bewildered when he faced a wall of reporters bearing cameras and microphones. He stood quietly, his eyes scanning the crowd, as his godmother and the pastor of the Chicago church criticized immigration laws that separate families.

It is Elvira Arellano’s choice, and hers alone, to separate herself from her son. The gall of this law-breaking zealot does not cease to amaze.

Elvira Arellano is calling on people to pray today.

Pray for her abandoned son.

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