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What Was That About ‘Family Values’ Again?


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Prediction: The same serial-monogamist and closet-case conservative moral screechers who accuse gays and divorced parents of ripping apart the American family will have nothing bad to say about the Bush Administration’s actions in this case (h/t to Atrios and la bloguera) — in fact, they will cheer it:

LOS ANGELES (AP) – An illegal immigrant who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year to avoid being separated from her U.S.-born son has been deported to Mexico, the church’s pastor said.

Elvira Arellano became an activist and a national symbol for illegal immigrant parents as she defied her deportation order and spoke out from her religious sanctuary. She held a news conference last week to announce that she would finally leave the church to try to lobby U.S. lawmakers for change.

She had just spoken at rally Los Angeles rally when she was arrested Sunday outside Our Lady Queen of Angels church and deported, said the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago, where Arellano had been living.

“She has been deported. She is free and in Tijuana,” said Coleman, who said he spoke to her on the phone. “She is in good spirits. She is ready to continue the struggle against the separation of families from the other side of the border.”

Her 8-year-old son, Saul, is now living with Coleman’s family. During a news conference in Los Angeles after Arellano’s arrest, the boy hid behind the pastor’s wife and wiped away tears.

I guess it’s OK to rip families apart in some cases.

Cue the storm of right-wingers swarming the comments section with claims along the lines of “But these freeloaders swamp our emergency rooms! They’re why health care costs so much!” even though that particular calumny has been quite thoroughly disproved.

Oh, yes: And the wingnuts won’t have anything bad to say about this guy, either. What’s a little hostage-taking among friends?

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