Ed Perlmutter

Denver mother is granted temporary deportation relief after 3 months of sanctuary in a church

Denver mother is granted temporary deportation relief after 3 months of sanctuary in a church

One afternoon this week, Jeanette Vizguerra received an unexpected phone call: the mother of four who had taken refuge inside a Denver church for 86 days was told she had been granted temporary relief from deportation.

She immediately called her children to tell them the news.

“We came running to the church and my mom told me that we had won,” her 13-year-old daughter, Luna Vizguerra, said Friday, the day after her mother learned of the temporary reprieve. “She gave us a hug. I couldn’t believe it.”

Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigrant rights activist, sought refuge at a Denver church in February when her stay of removal expired. She had been scheduled to...

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