Elvira Arellano, The Illegal Alien Who John Kelly Won't Deport
An immigration judge extended parole Wednesday for twice-deported Mexican activist Elvira Arellano, who famously took refuge in a Chicago church when she faced removal in 2006.
Arellano’s probation for violating immigration law was set to expire Wednesday, but the legal victory will allow her and her 3-year-old Mexican-born son Emiliano to remain in the country for another year alongside her U.S.-born son, 18-year-old Saul Arellano.
[Immigration Activist Granted Yearlong Reprieve From Deportation, NBC Chicago, March 15, 2017]
And in typical fashion, the #LyingPress gets basic facts wrong. Arellano's parole was not extended by an immigration judge, but by administrative fiat by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Something that the reporter eventually mentions in the story for some reason.
All three arrived for her first meeting at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Chicago under President Donald Trump’s administration, hoping for either relief through political asylum, or an extension of her current status.
Can't the media get even the basic facts correct?
While she was not granted asylum, she was given a one-year reprieve from being deported, yet again, as her case continues to be reviewed.
“ICE did not take action at this time because her immigration court proceedings are still pending,” the immigration agency said in a statement.
The real question is why did ICE ERO renew her parole in the United States under the new administration of Donald J. Trump. Arellano was only allowed in the United States because of the personal intervention of then President Barack Hussein Obama. There was no legal basis to parole Arellano into the United States. She could have submitted an application for refugee status from Mexico. Her claim was, of course, ridiculous on the face of it.
In any event, ICE ERO should have immediately revoked the parole and reinstated her previous deportation order. However, someone in the Trump Administration decided to continue Arellano's public flouting of the immigration laws of the United States. Who is it? John Kelly, our nation's eyes turn to you, and not in a good way.