Elvira Arellano

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Elvira Arellano and her son Saul

Elvira Arellano (born 1975) Mexican citizen, a thirty-one-year-old woman. She was an illegal immigrant and a fugitive from justice. Her son Saul was born in America in 1999.


The Rev. Oscar Carrasco and Elvira Arellano

Arellano first crossed illegally into the United States in 1997 and was taken into custody and deported. She returned and lived in Oregon for three years before moving to Chicago. Two years later she was arrested at O’Hare Airport. Failing to report to immigration authorities, she sought sanctuary with her son Saul in the Adalberto United Methodist Church in the Humboldt Park area of Chicago’s West Side. The church is located at 2716 W Division St.[1]

“Her crime was working for minimum wage cleaning out airplanes,” said the Rev. Walter Coleman, pastor of Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago, where Arellano is lay leader. Arellano, an undocumented worker, decided to fight back. Adalberto United Methodist Church joined her.[2]

According to Chicago Tribune's editorial (August 17, 2006) "That doesn't mean her example is helpful to their cause. It is not." [3]

Elvira Arellano was arrested on August 19, 2007 in Los Angeles and repatriated to Mexico.


Arellano is president[4][5] of an organization called United Latino Family,(La Familia Latina Unida) which lobbies for families that could be split by deportation. She has become something of a local symbol for those who most ardently believe U.S. immigration law is patently unfair.

Over the years, Arellano and her son have hosted May Day protests at the Lincoln UMC, both indoors[6] and outdoors.[7] Demonstrations in front of Chicago ICE locations have also been held.[8]

The group La Familia Latina Unida which also goes by the names of Centro Sin Fronteras and Pueblo Sin Fronteras is at the center of the migrant caravan invasion.

Website history

According to the Wayback Machine, the earliest entry of the website for Arellano's organization started out calling itself "La Familia Latina Unida - Pueblo Sin Fronteras".[9]

In 2008, the website looks like it was shut down, listing its address as 2716 W Division St. Chicago, Illinois, 60622.[10] This is the same address as the Church to which she was sheltered, Adalberto UMC.

In 2012, the website is re-launched as a dedication to the work of Emma Lozano and Arellano, this time calling itself La Familia Latina Unida/Centro Sin Fronteras. Centro Sin Fronteras is an organization founded by Lozano in 1987 to keep the legacy of Lozano's brother Rudy alive.[11]

By 2014, the website is openly listing Adalberto UMC and Lincoln UMC's Damen ave address as its contact locations.[12] Lincoln UMC is Adalberto's sister congregation.[13]

Close company

Currently, the contact location is on 22nd place and not actually at either of the churches. Its right next door.

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