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  • Changes in ICE protocol limit Congress’ ability to aid immigrants
    Posted in In the News on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Two high profile immigrants who took sanctuary in Denver churches were each granted a two-year stay of removal last week by immigration officials. Arturo Hernandez Garcia and Jeanette Vizguerra were given the temporary postponement of deportation on May 11 after receiving support in the form of personal legislative bills sponsored by U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Reps. Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter. But in a letter released just before the stays were announced, Immigrations and Customs En... Read more

  • Private Bills For The Relief Of Undocumented Immigrants Are Now A Trump Admin Target
    Posted in In the News on May 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    When two Colorado undocumented immigrants received temporary reprieves to stay in the United States until 2019, they marched and sang and cheered in the streets. Their lawyers thanked members of Congress. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis introduced private bills for Jeanette Vizguerra and Arturo Hernandez Garcia, two immigrants who had taken sanctuary in Colorado churches to avoid deportation. This rare legislative maneuver was only used a couple of dozen ti... Read more

  • Undocumented immigrant will see daughter graduate from high school
    Posted in In the News on May 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    DENVER — An undocumented immigrant who was facing deportation will have the chance to see his daughter graduate from high school Monday. In 2014, Arturo Hernandez Garcia sought sanctuary in a Colorado church while fighting deportation. He had stayed in the church for nine months. In 2015, he received a letter from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that said he wasn’t a priority for enforcement. So he left the church and returned to his home in Denver with his wife and kids. In April, Immi... Read more

  • Feds Grant Stays For Sanctuary Immigrants Jeanette Vizguerra, Arturo Hernandez Garcia
    Posted in In the News on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Federal officials Thursday granted temporary stays for Arturo Hernandez Garcia and Jeanette Vizguerra. This means Vizguerra can leave the church basement she has been living in. Garcia, a father and small business owner, was granted a temporary stay earlier in May to attend his daughter's graduation. Both Vizguerra and Garcia were granted stays by the Immigration Customs and Enforcement service until 2019. "I am pleased to hear that Jeanette and Arturo have been granted temporary stays," said Se... Read more

  • Undocumented activist living in church gets stay of removal
    Posted in In the News on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    An undocumented woman who lived in a Colorado church for 86 days to take sanctuary from immigration agents left the church Friday after being granted a stay of removal. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) granted the stay Thursday to Jeanette Vizguerra, an immigration activist who was featured in Time's 100 most influential people list, allowing her to remain in the country until March 15, 2019. “This is a special day for me, because I will be able to celebrate Mother’s Day with my ch... Read more

  • Deportation reprieve for Vizguerra, Hernandez Garcia slipped in before White House changed rules
    Posted in In the News on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Jeanette Vizguerra walked triumphantly out of the sanctuary of a downtown Denver church Friday morning and joined Arturo Hernandez Garcia on the state Capitol grounds to celebrate the news that they won’t face deportation for at least two more years. But Vizguerra and Hernandez Garcia said they were among 33 lucky immigrants who have been living in the country illegally and were granted a stay of deportation just before the Trump administration changed the rules for others in similar situations.... Read more

  • Immigrants who sought refuge in Denver may be last 2 granted deportation stay in the U.S.
    Posted in In the News on May 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    DENVER - Congress performs in the public (for the most part), but has a very private way to quietly assist those in the country illegally. You've heard the news that Colorado's two best known people living in the country illegally, are getting to stay longer. Jeanette Vizguerra and Arturo Hernandez were granted nearly two-year stays because of a little-known process that begins with a "private bill" in Congress. In March, Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., introduced a private bill "for the relief of... Read more

  • With his deportation delayed at least 30 days, Arturo Hernandez Garcia anxiously gets back to his family, work
    Posted in In the News on May 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    When Arturo Hernandez Garcia was freed Tuesday night from an immigration detention center in the Denver area after a week of being held pending his deportation, the first thing he wanted to do on Wednesday morning was go to work. His wife persuaded him to do otherwise, and the 44-year-old Mexican father of two girls, who has lived in Colorado for more than 15 years, instead went to a court hearing to support a fellow person living in the U.S. unlawfully. Work, he said, would wait until Thursday.... Read more

  • Arturo Hernandez Garcia gets brief reprieve, released by ICE
    Posted in In the News on May 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Arturo Hernandez Garcia, the first person to claim sanctuary in Colorado, was released from ICE custody late Tuesday, fueling hopes an appeals court will allow him to stay in the United States for good. Hernandez Garcia was “granted a brief reprieve” so he could attend his daughter’s high school graduation, said his attorney, Laura Lichter, on Tuesday night. His legal team will use this time to ask an appeals court to revisit his case, Lichter said. “Mr. Hernandez (Garcia) and his family have be... Read more

  • Colorado Politicians Ripping Trump's Refugee Ban — and Those Silent So Far
    Posted in In the News on January 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Protests against President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees from entering the United States that started at Denver International Airport on Saturday, January 28, continued for most of Sunday, January 29 — as they did at many such facilities across the country. Plenty of Coloradans made their voices heard at the demonstrations, and numerous politicians in the state have weighed in, too. However, several notable members of Congress from Colorado's delegation have been si... Read more

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