I have pretty much stayed out of the immigration debate. I tended to run very much in the middle of this debate. Yes, I believed that we need to build a fence, but I also felt that we needed to show a compassion to those in our country that just simply wanted to work. There was simply too many illegals here and there was no way kick them all out.
Well, that has all changed.
After reading about Elvira Arellano, and her blatant disregard for American laws and complete disrespect of my country, my opinion has really changed.
What Elvira did was a complete slap in the face to every single American citizen and every single person that is in this country legally.
Now, Elvira is using her son as a political pawn in her campaign against our country's immigration laws.
Of course, the Milwaukee Journal editorial staff fell for her antics-hook, line and sinker. Today's editorial is entitled "A little boy's tears".
His mother was among the 12 million illegal immigrants estimated to be in this country. She came to Washington state in 1997, was deported shortly after, returned and moved to Illinois in 2000. Her son, however, is among another group of people not much considered these days. This would be the children of undocumented immigrants in this country, numbering 3.1 million, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
Unlike the editorial staff of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, instead of playing Elvira's political games, I have some serious questions. Questions that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel should have asked themselves before writing their sob story.
How can anyone support a woman who left her 8 year old son behind, just to make a political point?
Why are the courts not insisting that parents take their minor children back with them, when they are deported for being in this country illegally?
Why is it the 8 year old in the family is making the decision on where he should live? Apparently, Saul wanted to go to school in Chicago.
From the New York Daily News-
"He said he wants to go to school, and I want him to continue with his school," said the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of Adalberto's United Methodist Church in Chicago, where Elvira Arellano sought 24-hour sanctuary from a deportation order last August.
Probably the most important question of all-
Where is Daddy?
Really- if Saul's mom insists are doing this to her son, then where is Daddy to care of his son?
This child deserves a mother and a father that will take care of him. It is time for Saul's dad to step up.
Instead- Saul, an eight year old child, has become his mother's ambassador.
There is something terrible wrong with this picture.