LatinaLista — It never ceases to amaze us the level of incompetence that exists in the higher echelons of the U.S. government when it comes to long-range planning.
We only have to look at two examples: the Iraq war strategy (or lack thereof) and the passport fiasco to know that some very short-sighted people are in charge of calling the shots.
Those same people must have been in charge when they ordered the deportation of Elvira Arellano, the undocumented Mexican mother who put up a year-long fight and preferred life confined to a Chicago church rather than be separated from her U.S.-born son.
The people-in-charge must have thought that once Elvira was safely on the other side of the border she would be quiet and there would be no more in-your-face tactics on behalf of the undocumented immigrant community.
Boy, were they wrong. They played right into Elvira’s hands, and if she gets her wish, she may very well have the last laugh.
Since Elvira was spirited away before dawn by ICE officials on August 20 to Tijuana, Mexico, there has been speculation on Latina Lista that Elvira may have planned her own capture. We may have our answer.
Since she’s been back in Mexico, Elvira has done everything but lay low.
In fact, when looking at what she is accomplishing while on the other side of the border, it’s obvious that a lot planning and thought has gone into it – unlike some people we know.
Elvira interviewed by anchor for Primero Noticias.
Elvira’s been making the rounds of Mexican news shows like a politician running for office â€” though for the moment, she’s saying that the closest she wants to come to politics is to get a Presidential appointment.
And not just any appointment. She has asked Mexican President Felipe Calderon to grant her a special diplomatic visa to act as an ambassador of peace and justice for Mexico so she may re-enter the United States and continue with her fight for all the families whose children will be separated from their foreign-born parents waiting deportation.
It is said that Calderon has instructed his Secretary of Exterior Relations, Patricia Espinosa, to explore how to make Elvira’s request a reality.
In the meantime, it’s being reported that Saul, Elvira’s son, will join her in Mexico this Friday.
Surely, there will be pressure from Washington on Calderon not to grant Arellano her request but it would be politically foolish on the homefront if he didn’t.
Elvira has been quoted in the local Mexican press as saying:
I am not only here for myself but for the millions of undocumented Mexicans who need the support of our government.
That statement is political dynamite and if Calderon ignores it, what blows up may not be easy to put back together.
Yet, how can US officials stand by and watch someone they’ve declared an enemy of the state come back into the country without doing anything?
Not to mention that all of Latin America will be watching the US to see how far we will go to enforce the law versus respecting the diplomatic rights of our southern neighbor.
It’s a curious predicament and one that will require careful thought on how to handle â€” if only we weren’t lacking in that department.
As Latina Lista noted in an earlier post, signs that Elvira is being elevated into a folk hero for her stand on this issue was the creation of a song of her. Well, the corridos have begun in Mexico.
The following is just one:
â€œCorrido de Elvira Arellanoâ€
Agosto 97 saliste de MichoacÃ¡n, culpa del libre comercio, no habÃa donde trabajar.
El pobre se hizo mÃ¡s pobre, no hubo de otra que emigrar. Washington fue tu destino.
AhÃ la vida te premiaba, fue donde naciÃ³ tu niÃ±o SaÃºl Arellano se llama.
Despues te fuiste a Chicago donde tu suerte cambiaba
Fue el lunes 10 de diciembre no se te puede olvidar, vÃctima de una redada, nadie lo puede negar.
No cometiste un delito, solamente trabajar, tenÃas que luchar por tu hijo y eso te hizo criminal.
Tocaron fuerte a tu puerta, tÃº los dejaste pasar, preguntaron por las armas, no sabÃas quÃ© contestar.
Te querÃan quitar a tu hijo por que tÃº eres ilegal.
Por el amor a su niÃ±o y sin pensarlo dos veces, ella decidiÃ³ quedarse viendo por los intereses de su pequeÃ±o Saulito, pues Ã©l no se lo merece.
Hace un aÃ±o que se abrieron las puertas de este lugar, una iglesia metodista que ha decidido luchar por Elvira y por su hijo pues los quieren separar
El gobierno americano hoy los quiere encarcelar, al … pastor y a Arellano, 15 aÃ±os les quieren dar.
Al pastor por protegerla y a Elvira por ilegal.