Rev. Walter Coleman said Arellano helped to reunify the movement that now will focus its attention on a Sept. 6 hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration.
"We had to get the discussion going again and take another try at legislation that would at least give relief to the 12 million undocumented immigrants if comprehensive reform is no longer possible," said Coleman, who leads Adalberto United Methodist Church. For a year, Arellano sought sanctuary in the church with her 8-year-old son, Saul, who is a U.S. citizen.
Three days after Arellano's arrest, Coleman met with the staff of U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the immigration subcommittee, to push for the hearing.
Monday, August 27, 2007
In Los Angeles over the weekend, some marched in support of a recently deported Mexican national; that link also has a video clip of the march. Some are calling for a day of "mass action" on September 12. Also as a response to this deportation, it seems as though the US House will be holding a subcommittee hearing--and some hope for a revival of efforts for "comprehensive reform" (e.a.):