The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Stop the deportation of Elvira Arellano

Sep 10, 2007

Elvira Arellano, a 32-year-old woman who came to this country from Mexico, was deported on August 20. A year ago, facing deportation, she took sanctuary in a Methodist church in Chicago, from where she has been speaking out against the situation facing immigrants to this country. She was arrested in Los Angeles, after she went there to speak at churches that support rights for immigrants.

Like millions of workers from Mexico and other poor countries, she entered this country without papers in hopes of a better life, 10 years ago. She had one son who was born here.

Taking various low wage jobs to support herself and her son she paid taxes and Social Security, though she doesn’t benefit from them.

When the Immigration Service deported her, she was separated from her son, who is a U.S. citizen and has never lived in Mexico.

The push of the Immigration Service to carry out arrests like this is aimed at silencing those who demand legalization. And that is nothing but support for bosses who know they can pay very low wages to immigrants because of their shaky legal situation.

At the same time, it is an attack on the rest of the working class, which suffers when millions of workers, a part of their class, are low-paid and super-exploited.