Son of activist leads DC rally

first_imgIMMIGRATION: Boy’s mother was deported to Mexico. Demonstrators also gather in L.A. By Erica Werner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – An 8-year-old boy whose mother was deported to Mexico led a chanting crowd of about 150 pro-immigration activists through the halls of Congress on Wednesday. Capitol Police arrested two demonstrators for disorderly conduct. Saul Arellano and other children carried a banner that read, “Born in the USA. Don’t take our moms and dads away.” The boy’s mother, Elvira Arellano, was deported last month after taking refuge in a Chicago church for a year. In Tijuana, Mexico, Elvira Arellano spoke about her son to demonstrators. Saul was scheduled to join her there today. “He is a boy who has been suffering because the U.S. government told his mother she couldn’t stay in their country anymore because she was undocumented,” she said. In Washington, activists clashed with police outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chanting and shouting for her to lead on immigration reform. Saul appeared to get enveloped in the shoving crowd. Demonstrators taped two oversize letters to Pelosi’s door – one in English and one in Spanish – warning her: “If Democrats expect our support in the next election, the Democrats must support us now.” Immigration reform legislation died in Congress this year and isn’t expected to be revived anytime soon. Pelosi, D-Calif., was in Oregon on Wednesday for a forum on global warming. In Los Angeles, several dozen people marched from a church to MacArthur Park, where a May 1 immigrants march and rally ended with police hitting and firing rubber bullets at surprised participants and news media. “Families Unite!” said signs carried by the marchers as they walked on sidewalks to the park, escorted by police officers on bicycles. At the park, a rally attracted nearly 300 people, said officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman. A man was arrested for investigation of battery following scuffle with another person, but Lee said the rally was “peaceful otherwise.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more