January 29, 2008, - 5:52 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
When the now-deported Elvira Arellano first took up sanctuary, well over a year ago, in Chicago’s Adalberto United Methodist Church, I warned that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was setting a dangerous precedent by refusing to raid a church in order to seize a fugitive alien ordered deported and in violated of that deportation order.
I warned that this made all churches, synagogues, and more important, mosques, into de facto sanctuaries for illegal aliens. Now, as reader H tipped me on Sunday, the same church has a new illegal alien, Flor Crisostomo, staying inside its doors and violating a deportation order. And ICE won’t touch her either, while she’s on the inside. It’s an organized effort by the church, which recruited her. And ICE is sending the message it’s okay.
It’s a sign of weakness and yet another symbol of ICE “leadership”‘s preferences for photo ops and good PR over enforcing the law. If illegal aliens and those all over the world saw ICE agents going into churches and wherever else aliens dare hide in the shadows of organized religion, they’d fear and respect us. They’d know we mean business in enforcing immigration laws.
Instead, they know we aren’t serious. And they laugh at the raids on meat plants and McDonald’s Big deal.
This is war–a war on the invasion of our country. But we are treating it like a day at the beach. In war, you often do things that look bad, in order to win the war. But we are not prepared to do that.
Exit question: How much money will ICE waste–as they did with Elvira Arellano–in tracking Cristomo’s whereabouts and assembling teams to capture her on the occasion that she might step out a year from now?
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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