Saul Arellano, whose mother, Elvira, received national attention by seeking sanctuary at Adalberto United Methodist Church to avoid deportation, returned to Chicago for the May Day March. Arellano had moved to Mexico after his mother, who was arrested during a crackdown on unlawful employees at O’Hare International Airport for using a false Social Security number, was finally deported last year. Behind the news:
The number of “worksite enforcement arrests” increased nationwide from 1,292 to 4,940 between fiscal years 2005 and 2007. Fred Tsao, policy director at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, believes that the increase reflects an effort by the current Bush administration to appease its core constituents, who tend to hold hardline views on immigration. “It is a way for the administration to score points and to boost their numbers of [deportation],” he said.