Mexican Mother of Four
Takes Sanctuary in Denver Church
On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Jeanette Vizguerra, a Mexican mother of four (three are U.S. citizens), was offered sanctuary at the First Unitarian Society church in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Vizguerra and her children have lived in the United States since 1997.
In 2009, Ms. Vizguerra pleaded guilty to using a fake ID that allowed her to work. Like many mothers, she took her role seriously, and the work permit enabled her to earn enough money to provide for her children. Since then, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials granted her six stays of removal, and now have declined to issue another. Vizguerra sought refuge in the church rather than face deportation to Mexico.
Ms. Vizguerra may be the first of many immigrants to seek sanctuary since the Trump administration threatened action against immigrants and refugees.
Read more: Sanctuary Churches Brace for Clash with Trump Administration
We cannot be bystanders.
Education for Justice urges you to pray and take action for the safety of our immigrant and refugee sisters and brothers. We stand in solidarity with all those who are persecuted and pledge our support to those providing sanctuary for our neighbors in need.
Together, let us recommit to being Gospel people by spreading mercy, justice, and peace.
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