Woman seeking refuge from deportation in Denver church granted Stay of Removal

Jeanette Vizguerra has been living in two Denver churches for the past 86 days.

DENVER - A Mexican woman who has been seeking refuge in a Denver church to avoid deportation has been granted a Stay of Removal from ICE officials. 

Jeanette Vizguerra has been living in the First Baptist Church of Denver for the past 86 days.

Thursday night, her lawyers announced ICE officials granted Vizguerra's Stay of Removal application. It will be valid until March 15, 2019. 

The law office also said that Arturo Hernandez Garcia, who previously sought refuge at the same church and was recently detained by ICE, was also granted a Stay of Removal.

Vizguerra left First Baptist Church on Friday morning.

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Vizguerra has been fighting for labor and immigration rights since emigrating to the Denver area from Mexico City in 1997.

Since then, Vizguerra was convicted for falsifying documents tied to a traffic ticket and entering the country illegally, both misdemeanors. Her attorney Hans Meyer says she was allowed to stay after five previous hearings because she was a crime victim in Mexico.

Vizguerra chose the church because there are certain locations considered sensitive, where officers will rarely make arrests. These include places like churches, synagogues and mosques, hospitals, schools, day cares and school bus stops.

Vizguerra has four children, all of whom are American citizens.

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