Immigrant rights activist Jeanette Vizguerra has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2017. Vizguerra skipped a scheduled check-in with ICE officials in February and instead sought refuge in a Denver church basement, along with her four children, fearing she’d be deported under the newly inaugurated Trump administration. On Thursday, Vizguerra spoke outside the First Unitarian Society church about the Time magazine award.
Jeanette Vizguerra: “I don’t know if it’s going to help my case or not, but what I do know is that this award hopefully helps take away the label that people have for those of us who are undocumented immigrants—that we are criminals or that we don’t contribute. I’ve been here 20 years contributing, working and paying my taxes. In fact, I finished my taxes from inside First Unitarian Church. And I can show them to anyone who wants to see them, unlike President Trump.”