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August 22, 2007

Immigration activist deported to Mexico

Elvira Arellano leaves her U.S.-born son with friends after her arrest outside an L.A. church.

By Sonia Nazario and David Pierson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers, August 20, 2007

"Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who became a symbol in the nation's immigration wars after she took sanctuary in a Chicago church last year, was deported late Sunday, authorities said.

Arellano, 32, was arrested earlier in the day by federal immigration agents outside Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Los Angeles. She was processed in Santa Ana, then transported about 100 miles to the San Ysidro border crossing to be turned over to Mexican immigration officials about 10 p.m., said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Arellano, a single mother, moved into Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago a year ago to avoid being separated from her 8-year-old U.S.-born son. At her request Sunday, the boy was left with her traveling companions, including Walter Coleman, pastor of the Chicago church.

Arellano was arrested as she was leaving the downtown Los Angeles church, also known as La Placita, with her son and a supporter...".

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-deport21aug21,0,4648411.story?coll=la-home-center

Posted by VisaLawyer at August 22, 2007 06:41 PM

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