Elvira Arellano, a Mexican woman who lived in a Humboldt Park church for a year to take shelter from deportation, returned to Chicago on Sunday.
Arellano lived in the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Humboldt Park in 2006, but was eventually deported to Mexico after she left the church in 2007 to go to California.
Last week, the immigration activist and other individuals from Mexico were detained after trying to get into the United States. Arellano has a U.S.-born teenage son as well as a four month-old son who was born in Mexico. She brought the baby with her from Mexico last week and has since been reconnected with her elder son.
“They walked through a legal crossing point where border patrol detained everyone,” Chris Bergin, Arellano's attorney told the Chicago Sun-Times. “She was carrying her four-month-old son. That probably factored into why they didn’t want to hold her in jail for too long. But I also imagine there was pressure from Washington DC, because her case was, and still is, high profile."
Arellano, who is now living again at the Adalberto United Methodist Church, has come back to the United States to protest the impact deportations have on families, and she is expected to take part in a Chicago immigration rally this week.
Arellano was permitted to come to Chicago ahead of her required hearing date. Arellano is expected to ask for political asylum or a humanitarian visa, her attorney told the newspaper.