An Immigrant Mother of 4 Is Avoiding Deportation by Seeking Refuge in a Church

Though Jeanette Vizguerra was born in Mexico, she’s worked in the United States for the last 20 years. But Vizguerra fears she will be deported when after an upcoming meeting scheduled with immigrations officials because of several misdemeanors on her record.

So now she and three of her children—all of whom were born in the U.S.—have taken refuge in Denver’s First Unitarian Church. Traditionally, churches are viewed as sanctuaries—safe-havens for immigrants, where federal authorities will not enter—it’s not necessarily that they can’t, but they don’t. Vizguerra knows there’s a possibility she could get stuck in the church without access to basic needs, but says the risk is worth it.

According to her, the legal trouble all centers around her trying to stay in the United States: "The only thing that I’ve done is use false documents to put food on the table of my family," Vizguerra told Inside Edition through a translator at the church.

Reports say that nearly 100 demonstrators are currently outside First Unitarian Church's building showing support for Vizguerra. She is already something of a public figure through a radio show she hosts, and Vizguerra regularly advocates for immigrant issues. A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told IE that Vizguerra, who was issued “final deportation orders” in 2011, is a priority because of her misdemeanors.

Yahoo reports that if Vizguerra is deported, care for her American-born children goes to her husband and her oldest daughter, who is 26.

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Tracy

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Tracy commented…

I just finished reading an article, "WWJND? (What would Jesus never do) by Derek Penwell. He makes an important point that perhaps it is just as illuminating to ask ourselves not just WWJD?, but what would Jesus never do. Hard to imagine him handcuffing a woman to take her away from her family and send her back to a home she's never known as an adult.

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Tracy

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Tracy commented…

I just finished reading an article, "WWJND? (What would Jesus never do) by Derek Penwell. He makes an important point that perhaps it is just as illuminating to ask ourselves not just WWJD?, but what would Jesus never do. Hard to imagine him handcuffing a woman to take her away from her family and send her back to a home she's never known as an adult.

Michael Matthew-Buchog Kraft

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Michael Matthew-Buchog Kraft commented…

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement told IE that Vizguerra, who was issued “final deportation orders” in 2011, is a priority because of her misdemeanors.

My question is are we a Nation of Laws and Order or do we just allow anyone in illegally no matter if it was 20 years ago or not?

My wife and I just went thru the Green Card and then US Citizenship process and it took a long time and thousands of dollars to do things properly and in order according to the laws and regulations of the good ole USA. She just became an US Citizen this past 13 Feb 17.

While I have compassion upon this lady she was here illegally and then committed a number of crimes on top of that. She needs to follow the law and be removed from the United States and her daughter and husband will have to care for the children. Very sad that this lady while illegally in the United States made some VERY BAD DECISIONS to make matters worse for herself.

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