DeGette Takes Action in Case of Jeanette Vizguerra

Feb 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Immigrants’ rights activist Jeanette Vizguerra should not have to face the threat of deportation, Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) said today. Vizguerra took shelter last night in a church in DeGette’s district.

“The unique circumstances of this case call for compassion,” DeGette said.  “Jeanette Vizguerra has lived in this country for two decades, is respected in her community and has contributed to civil society in Colorado in numerous ways. Together with other officials in Colorado, I am following up with the Trump administration on this matter. We are aggressively pursuing all avenues to ensure a just resolution.”

DeGette spoke with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Senator Michael Bennet, along with Vizguerra’s congressman, Jared Polis, and is coordinating on this matter with them. She also heard first-hand the facts of the case from the point of view of national officials at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

An undocumented immigrant, Vizguerra was due for a routine check-in this morning with ICE agents in Colorado. Because the stay on a previous deportation order expired last week, Vizguerra became concerned enough to alert her attorney and the media that the check-in might turn out to be anything but routine.  It turns out she was right, and ICE agents were preparing to deport her upon arrival at their offices.

Vizguerra’s three youngest children – ages 6, 10, and 12 – were all born in the United States.  She entered the country from Mexico illegally in 1997 with her husband and eldest daughter, then age 6.  That daughter, now grown, lives in the United States and has a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.