Sunday, August 19, 2007


Immigration activist who left Chicago sanctuary arrested

LOS ANGELES (AP) - An illegal immigrant who sought sanctuary in a Chicago church to avoid deportation has been arrested in Los Angeles.

That word came this evening from the pastor of the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago where Elvira Arellano (el-VEE'-ruh ah-ray-AH'-noh) had sought sanctuary.

The Reverend Walter Coleman says he was with Arellano when she was detained this afternoon. But he says he couldn't immediately provide other details.

Arellano left the church for the first time in a year to campaign for immigration reform in Los Angeles this weekend.

Speaking yesterday, Arellano said she wasn't afraid of being detained. Said she had only two choices -- to either go back to Mexico or to stay in the United States and keep fighting. She said she'd decided to stay and fight.

The 32-year-old and her son took refuge last year. Arellano said she didn't want to be separated from her U.S.-born boy.