DENVER - An immigration rights and labor advocate seeking sanctuary from deportation in a Denver church has been named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People.
Jeanette Vizguerra is a mother of four who has been living in the United States illegally since 1997.
Vizguerra has been fighting off deportation since 2009 when she was convicted of falsifying documents related to a routine traffic stop.
Her attorney Hans Meyer says she was allowed to stay in the country after five previous hearings because she was a crime victim. But now ICE says Vizguerra is an enforcement priority.
Fearing deportation, Vizguerra skipped a meeting with immigration officials in February and sought sanctuary at the First Unitarian Church.
“I am deeply honored, and thank Time for including me with such a stellar constellation of individuals. This recognition is a result of my eight years of struggle against my own deportation, and an acknowledgement of my twenty years of contributing to the economy of this country as an immigrant: even here in sanctuary, this week I made sure to file my taxes. Above all, I hope this recognition serves as an example of my love and dedication to my children Tania, Luna, Roberto, and Zury," Vizguerra said in a statement.
Vizguerra's attorneys said she will continue applying for a visa.
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