This Undocumented Mother Of Two Was Granted An Extension To Stay In The U.S. For Another Year

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Elvira Arellano first made headlines more than 10 years ago when she became one of the most recognizable faces of the immigration debate. Her fight to stay in the U.S. to be with her then 7-year-old son garnered a lot of media attention — she was even named in TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year: People Who Mattered. Arellano first tried to enter the U.S. in 1997 but was detained at the border and deported. She returned just a few days later. By 2002, she was arrested for using a false Social Security number to get work. She was ultimately deported back to Mexico in 2007, where she stayed for seven years, despite a bill proposed by Rep. Luis Gutierrez to give her relief. In 2014, she crossed again and was immediately detained. Arellano was released because she had a four-month-old child with her. Since then, she has been fighting to stay in the U.S.

Immigration activist Elvira Arellano had her first check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement since President Trump took office.

Arellano was deported twice before coming back in 2014, as part of a protest in which dozens of deportees returned to the border to seek asylum. Since then, she has been fighting to to stay in the U.S.

Arellano’s oldest son, Saul, is 18 and a U.S. citizen.

“Ten years since I took sanctuary, time has proved to us that what we did was correct,” Arellano told Chicago Tribune.

Arellano (photographed with her two sons) continued, saying, “It’s necessary to protect families. It’s a place where families and children can go to wage that resistance.”

According to Arellano’s attorney, she faces life-threatening danger if she returns to Mexico.

ABC 7 Chicago reports that Arellano used her experience of being deported to advocate for undocumented Central American people in Mexico. Arellano’s attorney says her activism has led to death threats and several incidents where shots were fired at her during rallies.

After her meeting with ICE, the immigration activist announced she was granted a one-year extension on her work permit, allowing her to stay in the U.S.

“I don’t want other kids to be in the same situation where they see their parents getting separated from them with police cars pointing at them,” Saul recalled to ABC 7 Chicago about his mother’s 2007 deportation. “It still hits me, with flashbacks, where I do get anxious.”

READ: Rep. Gutierrez Went To ICE For Answers And When He Didn’t Get Them He Staged A Sit-In

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If You're Tired Of Music Festivals Not Featuring Latino Acts, Here's One Full Of Latino Artists


If You’re Tired Of Music Festivals Not Featuring Latino Acts, Here’s One Full Of Latino Artists


If you’ve ever been irked by the fact that music festivals hardly ever feature Latino artists, Ruido Fest is here to put them all to shame.

Now in its third year, the three-day Chicago Latino music festival, which takes place on July 7-9 at Addams/Medill Park in Pilsen, boasts an insane lineup.

Ruido Fest could be considered strictly a Latino alt-rock showcase (in 2015 they featured Café Tacvba, Zoe, Molotov, Kinky, among others), but this year’s lineup includes several acts that fall outside of the “alterLatino” label.

Here are some highlights:

Julieta Venegas

The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, our favorite Tijuanera, released her seventh album, “Algo Sucede,” in 2015.

Bomba Estéreo

Yes! The electro-cumbia masters will be on deck, which we’re super psyched about.

But wait… want to make your head spin? What happens when you take Norteño music and Spanish rock? Not sure? You’ll find out at Rudio Fest because…

Tejano legends Intocable and Alejandro Marcovich (a founding member of Caifanes) will be together on stage!

We’re not sure what this will sound like, but we’ll be definitely be in the front row, all ears.

Other notable acts include Spain’s El Guincho…

This set will undoubtedly be insane. He has the most eclectic sound ever! But so far, our most guiltiest pleasure will be seeing…

… and Mexican rockers Fobia.

This veteran “rock en Español” band from Mexico City is one of those groups that evokes so much nostalgia. We can’t wait to see them under the blistering Chicago sun.

Guillermo Ignacio, a press rep for Ruido Fest, tells mitú that this year will be their biggest year ever, and when asked if there’s going to be social activism component (information booths, political statements) for Latinos given our tense political climate, Ignacio said: “this is a Spanish-speaking festival, so that’s a statement in itself.”

READ: This Festival In Miami Celebrates Hispanic LGBTQ Community All Month Long

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