THE FIGHT FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM: A VIEW FROM THE GRASSROOTS

The dramatic story of Elvira Arellano, an undocumented mother who took sanctuary in a Chicago church in August of 2006 in order to stay with her U.S. -citizen son-. Her highly publicized year in sanctuary became one of the top -national and international news stories of that year and changed the way the nation viewed undocumented immigrants. This book takes the reader through her journey north from Mexico to Chicago, where she found her place in one of the nation's most dynamic movements for social justice. Elvira became the face of a struggle that began as a spark for the basic human right of families to stay together and became a prairie fire for the civil rights of over 11 million people. That fire would reach the halls of Congress, the -office of the President himself, and, ultimately, the Supreme Court.

With roots deep in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the Chicago grassroots gave rise to the first African American President and to the -national leader of the immigration struggle, Congressman Luis Gutierrez. In Chicago, Elvira and her son joined a community of undocumented families united through their church and the advocacy activity of Sin Fronteras, led by Emma Lozano. The organization formed by Emma, Elvira, and the families--Familia Latina Unida