I was pleased to hear that Elvira Arellano had finally been deported. I went through a time-consuming and expensive visa process to get the right to move to the United States, so it makes me angry when illegal immigrants jump the queue and claim they have the right to stay here.
Arellano entered the United States illegally in 1997. She was apprehended and deported back to Mexico by the United States government, whereupon she returned just days later. She lived illegally in Oregon for three years, during which time she gave birth to a son from an unnamed father. In 2000, she moved to Chicago where she worked as a cleaner at an airport. Two years later, she was arrested and convicted for obtaining employment with a false Social Security Number. She was order to appear before immigration authorities in August 2006, but instead fled to a Chicago church to avoid arrest and deportation. She stayed there for a year, drumming-up support for her case until she was arrested and deported after going to Los Angeles to make a public appearance.
There are millions of illegal immigrants in this country, and thousands of them are convicted criminals like Elvira Arellano. The immigration system is working far too slowly. It needs more money and more resources so it can go after these people and repatriate them to their native countries.
One good thing that has come out of this particular case is the fact that it has sent an important message to illegal immigrants: getting pregnant is not going to win you a free pass.