In his Aug. 15 online "Change of Subject" feature,
Eric Zorn [Email
]asked that the federal government leave the now-deported Elvira Arellano alone because it had a whole year to boot her back to Mexico but didn`t.
Game over. She won. Move on, he wrote.
Five days later, however, Zorn just couldn`t let go of the woman who came to symbolize the arrogance and disrespect illegal aliens have for our immigration laws and sovereignty, a spineless federal government unwilling to enforce same laws, equally gutless members of Congress who care far more about remaining in office than the future of this country, and a mainstream media painfully short of the skills needed to provide balanced coverage of this issue, Change of Subject, Vote: Four key questions about Elvira Arellano`s arrest, Chicago Tribune,
Aug. 20, 2007:
Should Elvira Arellano have been arrested for breaking U.S. immigration law?Should a church building provide sanctuary from the law?Arellano`s 8-year-old son is a U.S. citizen. Should that make a difference in how her deportation case is handled?Regardless of your personal feelings, do you think Arellano`s case will generate so much sympathy and passion among her supporters that she`ll become the Rosa Parks of the immigrant rights movement?
Memo to Zorn: Game over. Arellano lost. Move on.