- Associated Press - Sunday, March 23, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Mexican activist who took sanctuary at a Chicago church for a year to protest her deportation has returned.

Elvira Arellano (el-VEE’-ruh ah-ray-AH’-noh) is living at Adalberto United Methodist Church, where she took sanctuary in 2006.

This time, she’s not confined to the church.

Arellano was released from U.S. custody Thursday as she sought to seek permission to enter the country without legal documents.

The Rev. Walter Coleman said Sunday that Arellano is taking stock before an April hearing when she’ll make her case before an immigration judge.

Arellano is with her sons, a U.S. citizen teenager and a Mexico-born baby.

Arellano is protesting the separation of families through deportation. She wants President Barack Obama to extend deferments he gave to DREAM Act children and parents of U.S. citizen children.