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Rosa Robles, an undocumented immigrant who lived in a church for 15 months, leaves sanctuary and opens up about what kept her motivated. Twitter/@WeStandWithRosa

It's been quite the journey for Rosa Robles, an undocumented immigrant from Tucson, Arizona, who's been living at a local church for more than a year. On Wednesday, after hiding at a Tucson church for 15 months to avoid deportation, Robles was able to safely return home with her family.

The 42-year-old woman, originally from Mexico, left the sanctuary on November 11 after her lawyer, Margo Cowen and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials made an agreement that she could remain living in the United States.

"I want to thank everyone," she opened up in an interview with Univision, referring to everyone who helped her out during the 15 months, including residents, the media and Congressmen. "Thank for your support and your time. Step by step we were together in this battle," she added.

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"We Stand With Rosa" press conference on August 7, 2015 for Rosa's one year in sanctuary. Twitter/@WeStandWithRosa

Robles endured 461 days of sanctuary at Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson after receiving a deportation order. In 2010, Robles was a victim of the SB 1070 state law in Arizona after she was arrested for a traffic violation and not having a valid license. She was detained for many months and on August 7, 2014, she began living at the church.

Robles, who cleans houses to support her family, said it was her husband and children who kept her motivated. "I missed my family the most, but at the same time, they were the ones who gave me strength to continue. My motivation was my family," she told Univision.

Following the good news, Robles is happy to return to her regular lifestyle, which was on pause for over a year. According to Tucson Sentinel, she's "excited to watch her sons play baseball again, and return to mass at Santa Monica Parish."

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