Does this have anything to do with spiritual matters and everything to do with breaking U.S. law ?
CHICAGO -- Leaders of a Chicago church where an illegal immigrant from Mexico took sanctuary for a year before being deported say they plan to house another immigration activist who is set on defying a deportation order. Flor Crisostomo, 28, an illegal immigrant who came to the U.S. in 2001, was slated to report to federal immigration officials on Monday, but the head of Adalberto United Methodist Church said she will seek refuge at the church in the same way as immigration activist Elvira Arellano, who was deported to Mexico last August. "She wanted to continue the struggle," the Rev. Walter Coleman said of Crisostomo. "That's what the church is for, to provide space where the truth can be told. She brings out the truth of the situation in a different way than Elvira did." Crisostomo's attorney, Chris Bergin, planned to submit a letter to immigration officials Monday, outlining his client's decision to stay in the United States illegally. Crisostomo, who declined requests to speak with reporters until Monday, immigrated without papers to Chicago from Oaxaca in Mexico seven years ago. She took a job with IFCO Systems, a manufacturer of crates and pallets, and was arrested during raids on company sites nationwide in 2006. Her three children, two boys and a girl, live in Mexico with their maternal grandmother; Crisostomo is unmarried. "I am taking a stand of civil disobedience ..." she said in prepared remarks to be read Monday, which were sent to The Associated Press. "I believe with all my heart that the United States and Mexico must end the system of undocumented labor." Crisostomo, who has been an immigration activist in the Chicago area and fasted with Arellano in protest of immigration policies, said she could not support her family if she returned to Mexico. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=5917534 Crisostomo, who has been an immigration activist in the Chicago area and fasted with Arellano in protest of immigration policies, said she could not support her family if she returned to Mexico. How is she going to support them hiding in a church?
Asked By: Free Bird - 1/27/2008
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I think they should get a grip. America did end the cycle of "undocumented workers". We call it - get this... coming in legally. We have created the application forms to fill out for applying properly. We even have them in both English and Spanish to accommodate their reading skills and abilities. Evidently the... More
Answered By: StoneCold - 1/27/2008
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I would say that breaking the law,,, i wish i could pick and choose what law's i wanted to obey
Answered By: chupakabra123 - 1/27/2008
The federal government needs to remove the church's tax free status that would put an end to the problem.
Answered By: Razor Jim - 1/27/2008
The church has deep pockets and you can bet that she will be into them. This person is not persecuted, she is breaking a law and being returned legally and without harm to her country. May she go soon and G-d be with her.
Answered By: Nightstalker1967 - 1/27/2008
Excellent question. Elvira at least had Saul's social security disability payments for his ADD... More
Answered By: DAR - 1/27/2008
So until the feds decide to act the negative publicity (could it get any worse, anyway?) and take action against Adalberto, it looks like the church and Rev. Coleman will continue to provide a PR platform for the immigration reform movement for a long time to come.
Answered By: Real Life - 1/27/2008
Churches do what they believe is morally right. Remember the "underground railroad" before the civil war, when churches and other places would help slaves escape? They were breaking US law, mind you.
Answered By: gomanyes562 - 1/27/2008
It has to do with Human Right matters be they Spiritual or other issues.!
Answered By: Daniel F - 1/27/2008
The truth and that church have parted ways. The pastor needs to see the inside of a cell for a month or two while he decides what he will do with the rest of his misbegotten life.
Answered By: Joel W - 1/27/2008
The pro group/church will rally round their corp and garner money for her and her kids. That's the way these church groups operate. This gives them a money making cause... More
Answered By: TheEmporer'sNewClothes - 1/27/2008
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