BREAKING: Jeanette Vizguerra, Undocumented Mother, Chooses Resistance to ICE and Enters Sanctuary in Denver Church

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2017

Contact: 

Jennifer Piper, jpiper@afsc.org,
720-301-1858
Marzena Zukowska, marzena@domesticworkers.org,
872-216-3684
Julie Gonzales, julie@themeyerlawoffice.com,
702-891-2712

DC to Rally in Solidarity at 4:30pm in Front of ICE Headquarters (Details Below)

Watch Facebook Live of Jeanette’s Statement Here: https://www.facebook.com/ColoradansForImmigrantRights/

Centennial, CO – Moments ago, Jeanette Vizguerra, a mother of four and a longtime leader in the immigrant and labor movements, undertook an act of resistance by entering sanctuary in the First Unitarian Society of Denver, which is committed to recognizing and protecting her freedom. She was scheduled to meet with Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) for the first time after her stay of removal expired, facing the uncertainty of deportation.

Jeanette’s decision comes on heels of last night’s breaking news that Daniel Ramirez Medina, a DACA recipient, has been detained by ICE agents in Seattle. For over a week, ICE has orchestrated raids on immigrant communities in a dozen states, arresting over 680 people, and deporting Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, another undocumented mother appearing for her routine ICE check-in.

In solidarity, members of the We Belong Together campaign will hand-deliver a letter to ICE headquarters at 4:30pm EST demanding a stay of removal or the closure of Jeanette’s case and the immediate release of Daniel Ramirez Medina.

While Jeanette Vizguerra’s lawyer, Hans Meyer, submitted an application renewal of her stay of deportation on December 6, 2016, her last extension expired on February 7 of this year. Since then, she and her family, including three US citizen children (6, 10, and 12 years old), an adult daughter with DACA, and a two year old grandson, had been living in fear that Jeanette could be deported if she appears at the ICE facility in Centennial for her check-in.

Jeanette has both a U-visa application and a private bill, HR 752, in the U.S. House of Representatives pending, either of which would grant her lawful status.

Below are details of the solidarity action in Washington, DC.

Washington, DC

What: Rally in support of Jeanette Vizguerra and Daniel Ramirez Medina to deliver letter demanding a stay of removal to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Headquarters.
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 4:30pm EST
Where:Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th St SW, Washington, DC
Who: Immigrant women and allies from We Belong Together, American Friends Service Committee, Dreamers Mothers in Action, New Sanctuary Movement, United We Dream, and faith and labor leaders.

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. To learn more, visit http://afsc.org

We Belong Together is a campaign led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance to mobilize women in support of immigration policies that keep families together and empower women. To learn more about the campaign, visit http://www.webelongtogether.org.