Immigrant Woman Seeking Refuge in Church Granted Stay of Removal

Immigrant Woman Seeking Refuge in Church Granted Stay of Removal

For almost three months, Jeanette Vizguerra, a Mexican native and mother of four children, remained initially in the First Unitarian Society in Denver and later in the First Baptist Church of Denver in order to avoid deportation. At long last, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials granted a stay of removal to the woman, which will remain valid until March 15, 2019. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, has introduced private legislation at the federal level to address Vizguerra’s plight. Vizguerra arrived in Denver from Mexico City back in 1997. She has been a tireless advocate for labor and immigrant rights since her arrival in the U.S. 20 years ago. Although she was convicted of entering the country illegally and falsifying documents relating to a traffic ticket, her attorney claims that Vizguerra was not deported, even after five hearings in immigration court, reportedly due to her status as a crime victim in Mexico City. However, Vizguerra’s stay of removal expired earlier this year, and she chose not to attend a meeting with ICE officials, fearing that she would be immediately deported, just as others attending such meetings with ICE have recently been deported. In seeking refuge in a local church, Vizguerra was hoping to avoid removal as a result of the previous administration’s policy of avoiding immigration arrests in sensitive locations, such as churches, mosques, synagogues, schools, bus stops, hospitals, and day care facilities. Despite the fact that Vizguerra was not arrested in the local church, the Trump administration has increasingly failed to uphold the previous administration’s policy in this regard. The media has been full of reports in recent months of individuals facing arrest and detention by ICE agents at schools, courthouses, and hospitals. Individuals who believe that they qualify for asylum, refugee status, or who have another valid deportation defense need an experienced California immigration attorney who can assist them with this often complex process. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we know how to stand up for the rights of those who are legally entitled to remain in the U.S. Call us today at (510) 756-4468 and schedule an appointment with one of our deportation defense lawyers, and learn how we can assist you.
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