She is a Mexican citizen who has become a symbol of illegal immigrants in the U.S. After evading a deportation order she took refuge at a Church, where she remained for 12 months, but was eventually arrested in Los Angeles, when she went to lecture at the church Our Lady Queen of Angels. Her son Saul remained in the U.S.
She created the organization La Familia Latina Unida - Sin Fronteras (Latina Family United - Without Borders), which supports families divided by mass deportations in the U.S. and Central American immigrants detained or affected by the violence in Mexico.
She asked Mexican President Felipe Calderon to request the U.S. government for a special visa to visit her son, and called for assistance to the 600,000 Mexican mothers who are in similar circumstances, as well as the 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. In support, La Placita, a historic Los Angeles church, declared itself a sanctuary for any undocumented immigrant facing deportation.