Elvira Arellano, who fought deportation from Chicago church, returns to Chicago

Immigrant rights activist Elvira Arellano waits to enter into the United States where she planned to ask for asylum in Tijuana, Mexico, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Arellano and another 20 Mexican and Central American migrants crossed into the United States from the border city of Tijuana as part of a protest to demand an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws and an end to deportations. (AP Photo/Alex Cossio)
March 23, 2014 4:43:34 PM PDT
A Mexican woman who took refuge in a Chicago church back in 2006 to protest her deportation returned to Chicago Sunday.

Elvira Arellano spoke at United Methodist Church on South Damen.

The undocumented immigrant called for an end to separation of families through deportation.

Eight years ago, she made national headlines after taking refuge for more than a year in a Humboldt Park church with her son, a United States citizen.

He is now a teenager.

Arellano returned with her second son, who was born in Mexico after going to the U.S. border and asking for asylum.


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