In a major immigrant rights victory, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have granted stays of deportation to two prominent undocumented Denver residents: Jeanette Vizguerra and Arturo Hernández García. Vizguerra sought sanctuary in the First Unitarian Society of Denver church shortly after Trump took office. She is one of the founders of the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition and was recently named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017. This is Jeanette Vizguerra, speaking on Friday morning after she left the church for the first time in 86 days.
Jeanette Vizguerra: “It’s a special day for me, because I will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day with my children and my grandchildren.”
Arturo Hernández García spent nine months in the same sanctuary church two years ago. He was recently arrested by ICE even though the Obama administration had told him he was not considered a “priority for removal.”