Illegal immigrant seeks refuge in Chicago church again
Elvira Arellano became known as an immigration reform activist in 2006.
That’s when the Mexican native was convicted of using a fake social security number.
To avoid deportation, she and her son stayed at Adalberto United Methodist Church for close to a year.
She was eventually deported when she went to California.
Arellano crossed the border illegally again, with dozens of other people.
She has a hearing in September, but she’ll be allowed to stay at Adalberto again.
Her son is 15 and a U.S. citizen.
But Arellano now has a five month old baby.
“For me, this is my house,” Arellano said. “I consider it my home.”
“The fight doesn’t stop when a mother is separated from her son. The fight stops when we don’t want to be part of it.”