A 31 year-old single mother, former airport worker and undocumented immigrant, Elvira Arellano took sanctuary last August in a Chicago church and became the lighting rod in a debate over the rights of immigrant families.

In three new pieces from COLORLINES, Elvira Arellano talks about her journey from the border to church sanctuary and defying deportation.

The Elvira Notes - click here
WATCH AND LISTEN to Elvira's story through images by Bernard Kleina and reporting by COLORLINES executive editor Tram Nguyen.

Q & A - click here
READ more about Elvira Arellano's journey from the border, told in her own words.

Saul's Letter - click here
Saul, Arellano's 7-year-old son, marched to the White House with other children of undocumented immigrants to call for a moratorium on deportations. READ his letter to President Bush.