- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 12, 2007

An 8-year-old boy led 200 chanting, singing immigration activists to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office today armed with a letter begging the California Democrat to take action to stop deportations.

Saul Arellano, the son of recently deported illegal alien Elvira Arellano, marched through the halls of Congress to reach Mrs. Pelosi’s quarters on the second floor of the Cannon House Office Building accompanied by a klatch of TV cameras. He had just come from a press conference in the Rayburn House Office Building where his mother was compared with civil rights activists such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Saul and several other children carried a banner proclaiming “Born in the USA: Don’t Take Our Dads and Moms Away,” marching the two blocks separating the Rayburn and Cannon buildings.

Once at the speaker’s office, however, the child ran into a problem: Mrs. Pelosi’s office was already occupied by about 40 anti-war protestors who weren’t budging. The bewildered child stopped dead in his tracks while immigration activists clustered around and a security guard inside the congresswoman’s office shut the door.

The protestors, whose shouts of “We feel Elvira is present” in Spanish quickly brought six police officers to the scene, were undeterred. Emma Lozano, a Chicago activist with Latino Families United produced a reel of Scotch tape and taped the letter — along with a Spanish translation — to the door. Then, taking Saul by one hand, she pulled him away from the door, the cameras and the crowd.

It’s unclear whether and when Mrs. Pelosi will see the letter. A few minutes after the crowd dispersed, an aide removed it from the door. Her spokeswoman, Drew Hammil, said she was in Portland, Ore., today.

Miss Lozano said Saul will be returning to Mexico tomorrowto attend school and live with his mother.

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