Immigration - POSTED: 2007/05/11 21:38
We stand together in our faith that everyone, regardless of national origin, has basic common rights, including but not limited to:
1) livelihood; 2) family unity; and 3) physical and emotional safety. We witness the violation of these rights under current immigration policy, particularly in the separation of children from their parents due to unjust deportations, and in the exploitation of immigrant workers.
Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago has housed deportation resister Elvira Arellano since August with no attempts by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to arrest her. ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice, however, declined to tell AP whether the lack of action is a representation of ICE policy, but stated that ICE agents have the authority to arrest and detain any person violating immigration regulations.