Elvira Arellano came to the US illegally. Twice. And in 2006, Obama’s illegal immigration stance had no problems sending her back home.

She worked at Chicago’s O’Hare airport cleaning planes. That was during her second illegal tenure. First, she came in 1997. Was captured. Deported. Then she came again, working under an illegal Social Security number and getting caught and convicted for document fraud after 9/11.

When she was ordered to be deported, Arellano claimed sanctuary in the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago for a year. She said it was to remain with her 8-year-old son Saul, though he eventually went to Mexico with her.

During her 15-minutes of fame, Arellano sought help to remain in the US from one of the Illinois Senators. Obama, a Senator at the time, wasn’t interested.

“We live in a country of laws,” Obama said. “We don’t do things that, sort of, based on, you know, one person’s situation no matter how painful.”

That was then. This is now.

The Obama administration has now established a team of top government lawyers to find a way around, through, or over Arizona’s illegal immigration law, even considering federal lawsuits.

President Obama and Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. have denounced the law, leading to expectations that the administration will take action soon. Obama said Wednesday that the law, which allows police to demand proof of citizenship, threatens the “core values that we all care about.”

But those “core values” didn’t bother him in 2006. Nor do they seem to include executing the responsibilities of the federal government to secure the borders and safety of the nation, the federal government’s main responsibility.

Kris Kobach, a University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor who helped write the Arizona legislation, said he anticipated legal challenges and carefully drafted the language. He said the state law is only prohibiting conduct already illegal under federal law.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says the state acted because the federal government refused. Since last January, she has written numerous letters to the Obama Administration asking them to protect the borders. She never got a response.

“We’re not going to have racial profiling. We’re going to mirror the federal governments law. That’s all that we have done. Our law is exactly like the federal law. And if the feds won’t come in and protect us then we will come forward and protect ourselves. We have no other choice. We have a right, Greta, to feel free in our state and to feel safe. And with what’s going on, we have many, many people who feel they are not safe,” Brewer said during her “On The Record” interview.

Democrat Majority Leader Steny Hoyer agrees, saying, “I think they’re right. The Feds haven’t done their job.”

As does CNN’s Jack Cafferty, usually an adamant Obama and liberal supporter, who said, “President Obama called the Arizona law misguided. What’s misguided, Mr. President, is the federal government’s ongoing refusal to enforce the laws that are already on the books”

So why the change? Why has securing the border, one of Obama’s campaign promises for his first year in office, suddenly become an issue the administration is using a team of government lawyers to avoid?

CNN’s Jack Cafferty has an idea.

“One poll finds 70 percent of Arizona voters support this new law, so hey, maybe we better do something, too,” Cafferty sarcastically said on “The Situation Room.” “And like the lemmings they are when they smell a chance to score some political points,” he continued, “and some of them need a lot of help with the midterms coming up, there is now talk of rushing immigration reform through Congress.”

Now that Elvira Arellano, who is making a career in Mexico politics, and her case would be more politically viable, perhaps Obama’s illegal immigration stance wouldn’t mind ignoring the fact “we live in a country of laws” and he would be willing “to do things” for “one person’s situation no matter how painful”.