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Arellano Leaves Tijuana, Upsets Supporters


Aired 4/19/09

An immigration activist who was deported to Tijuana earlier this week has moved onto Mexico City. Elvira Arellano's quick change in plans has left a few unhappy activists in her wake. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Arellano was the woman of the moment in Tijuana earlier this week when she was deported from Los Angeles.

Media swarmed the 32-year-old from Chicago like she was a Hollywood star and lapped up her tough talk.

Activists from both sides of the border clamored to be by her side.

They organized a Thursday press conference at Tijuana's city hall for Arellano, which, they say, was scheduled to synch up with an event supporting her in Los Angeles.

Victor Clark directs the Binational Center for Human Rights in Tijuana. He says now that Arellano has gone to Mexico City, they have had to cancel their event.

Clark says it’s up to her, and he respects her decision. But it leaves him with a bad impression. He says it seems opportunistic.

In Mexico City, Arellano is demanding that President Felipe Calderon defend Mexican migrants and push harder for immigration reform.

Amy Isackson, KPBS news.



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