CHICAGO (CBS) — A familiar face in the debate over immigration rights was back in Chicago on Monday, nearly seven years after she was deported to Mexico, following her yearlong stay in a local church to avoid deportation.
Elvira Arellano crossed into California from Mexico last week. She said she gave herself up to immigration officials, seeking a humanitarian visa.
Through an interpreter, she said she and her five-month-old son were released after being held for two days.
“She said I am so happy to be here to be part of the dream my son has, but I cannot forget those faces of those children that were waiting for her when she got out of detention hoping also that their mother would be able to come out,” she said.
Once again, many immigrants fighting to stay in the U.S. were ready to rally around Arellano, nearly eight years after she made international headlines by seeking asylum in a Humboldt Park church to avoid deportation.