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    Saturday, August 19, 2006

    Sanctuary



    When a government is forced to discipline and herd other governments and
    people within its own borders, it seems to fall into ancient caricatures.

    The USA is not like the Nazis, but lends itself to Nazi caricatures in its
    foreign nation building power.

    And now like in medieval times, it is respecting the poor people fleeing into
    church buildings crying "sanctuary, sanctuary!".

    It is humor only today to consider the popular 1970's sentiment of holding
    hands on a hillside singing "I'd like to teach the world to sing, in perfect
    harmony...".

    Why?

    Because for the last 150 years, our culture is just a passing style of 20 to
    30 year chapters.

    Immigration enforcement officers do not plan to enter a church where a single mother sought sanctuary rather than submit to deportation to Mexico, a government official said Friday.

    But Elvira Arellano, 31, and her supporters say only a stay of deportation will ensure that she and her 7-year-old son, an American citizen, are not forcibly removed from the Adalberto United Methodist Church.

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    Arellano has been living in the church since Tuesday, when she was supposed to surrender to authorities for deportation.


    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials had said they would apprehend Arellano at a time and place 'of their choosing' and that nothing prevented them from going into the church.
    But on Friday, a government official close to the case said immigration agents have decided against entering the church to remove Arellano.


    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because it is against ICE policy to discuss operational matters, said the Arellano case carries 'no more priority than any of the other 500,000 fugitives nationally.'

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