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Elvira Arellano returned to Adalberto United Methodist Church on Sunday, nearly seven years after she ended a yearlong stay to avoid deportation. She was deported in 2007, but returned to the U.S. in March 2014 to renew her fight for immigration reform. (Credit: CBS)

Immigrant Activist Brings Reform Fight Back To Chicago

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.

03/24/2014

Immigrant rights activist Elvira Arellano, a Mexican immigrant, stands with her son Saul at a press conference inside the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago on Aug. 15, 2007. Arellano took refuge in the church for a year after she was ordered to report to the U.S. immigration office to face deportation. She eventually left the church to lobby Congress for immigration reform, and was deported. (Credit:  JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Activist Immigrant Who Took Refuge In Chicago Church Returns To U.S.

A Mexican immigrant who made international headlines seven years ago for living in a Chicago church while fighting to stay in the U.S. with her son before she was deported has returned from Mexico, seeking asylum for humanitarian reasons.

03/19/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses an anti-violence summit at Chicago State University. (CBS)

Bipartisan Panel Calls For Immigration Reform

A bipartisan panel of political powerhouses is saying that comprehensive Immigration Reform is coming, despite some stumbling blocks, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

02/18/2014

Mayor Emanuel talks with parishioners at St. Pius Thursday. (CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Fasts In Name Of Immigration Reform

Mayor Emanuel is vowing to fast for 24 hours to join those in Washington pushing for immigration reform. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

12/12/2013

Activists at a November rally for immigration reform legislation stage a sit-in at Clark and Congress Parkway. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor, Aldermen To Fast In Support Of Immigration Reform

The mayor’s office says the 54-year-old’s fast will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday when Emanuel speaks during an event at a church on the city’s South Side. He’ll be attending a Mass at St. Pious Church to mark the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

12/12/2013

Rep. Jan Schakowsky getting arrested at an immigration reform rally. (Credit: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's office)

Reps Schakowsky, Gutierrez Arrested At Immigration Rally In Washington

U.S. Reps Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutierrez were both arrested after blocking a street near the U.S. Capitol as part of a rally for immigration reform.

10/08/2013

Rep. Dan Lipinski

Protesters Call For Rep. Lipinski To Fix Immigration System

Today’s storms didn’t stop an immigration rally in front of Congressman Dan Lipinski’s office on the Southwest Side.

08/31/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a naturalization ceremony for 67 immigrants who became U.S. Citizens on July 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Urges House Republicans To Pass Immigration Reform Bill

Mayor Rahm Emanuel this Independence Day is challenging House Republicans to take up the immigration issue and pass a federal law that sets a clear path to citizenship.

WBBM Newsradio–07/04/2013

U.S. Capitol Dome

Durbin Hopes Senate Immigration Deal Convinces House To Vote Yes

While chances for sweeping immigration reform have improved with a Senate package of border security measures added to a bill backed by the White House, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said the proposal remains chancy in the House.

06/21/2013

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Schakowsky Optimistic For Immigration Reform

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky says she is hopeful about the chances for comprehensive Immigration Reform on Capitol Hill this year. She spoke as she joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi here in Chicago, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/29/2013

Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Chicago Priest Crosses Mexican Border Illegally To Highlight Immigration Reform

Fr. Gary Graf, of St. Gall Catholic Church on the Southwest Side first spent a couple of days in Mexico before hopping a border fence.

04/27/2013

Border Patrol (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Suburban Students Propose Their Own Immigration Reform Plan

After 2nd graders from Riley Elementary in Arlington Heights recited facts about the history of immigration in the U.S., some 7th graders took the stage at London Middle School in Wheeling to outline their proposals before their peers and politicians.

CBS Chicago–04/04/2013

About 300 Latino demonstrators marched from Daley Plaza to Federal Plaza on Jan. 21, 2013, -- the day of President Barack Obama's second inauguration -- to call for immigration reform and a moratorium on deportations. (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Of Latino Activists March For Immigration Reform During Inauguration

Four busloads of Latino activists marched from Daley Plaza to Federal Plaza on Monday, to demand President Barack Obama focus on immigration reform during his second term.

WBBM Newsradio–01/21/2013

An immigration rights activist is arrested outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in the South Loop, after refusing to stop blocking the entrance to the building. A total of four protesters were arrested during the rally. (Credit: CBS)

4 Arrested During Immigration Rights Rally In South Loop

The NATO delegates haven’t arrived in Chicago for the weekend’s summit yet, but the protesters have already been busy for two days, and at least 12 protesters have been arrested in that time.

CBS Chicago–05/15/2012

Members of four Logan Square churches held an "Occupy Palm Sunday" rally on April 1, 2012, to push for immigration reform, and to discuss issues like housing, hunger and health care. (Credit: Michele Fiore, WBBM)

Logan Square Residents ‘Occupy Palm Sunday’ To Call For Immigration Reform

On this Palm Sunday, Christians in the Logan Square neighborhood called for improvements in housing, healthcare, hunger and immigration reform.

CBS Chicago–04/01/2012

U.S. Rep Luis Gutierrez (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Gutierrez: Obama Won Respect With Change In Deportation Policy

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) says President Barack Obama bolstered his bid for re-election, by his latest moves on Immigration reform.

CBS Chicago–09/02/2011

Luis Gutierrez

Gutierrez: Support For Obama Depends On Immigration Reform

Congressman Luis Gutierrez said Saturday that he doesn’t know if he can support President Barack Obama’s bid for re-election in 2012 if he doesn’t do more to reform immigration policy.

CBS Chicago–04/16/2011

Rahm Emanuel

Activist Slams Emanuel Over Immigration Reform

An activist is taking aim at mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel for his record on immigration reform.

WBBM Newsradio–01/14/2011

Chicago City Clerk Miguel Del Valle

Del Valle: Emanuel Lacked Courage On Immigration Reform

Some of the harshest words yet in the race for mayor came on Monday.

CBS 2–11/29/2010

Young people rally for DREAM Act

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Dozens of undocumented students from Chicago let their voices be heard as they held signs in support of the dream act. 

WBBM Newsradio–09/20/2010