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Immigrant takes refuge in Denver church to avoid deportation

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    Jeanette Vizguerra, left, a Mexican woman seeking to avoid deportation from the United States, cradles her 6-year-old daughter, Zuri, during a news conference in a church in which she and her children have taken refuge, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Denver. U.S. immigration authorities have denied the her request to remain in the country.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. >> A Mexican woman seeking to avoid deportation is taking refuge in a Denver church after U.S. immigration authorities denied her request to remain in the country.

Jeanette Vizguerra skipped her scheduled check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials Wednesday in suburban Centennial. About 100 supporters demonstrated outside the building as her attorney, Hans Meyer, and a minister went inside and was told Vizguerra would not get another extension.

Meyer says the mother of four has been trying to get a visa granted to crime victims and the government has typically has given extensions during that lengthy process.

ICE says she is an “enforcement priority” because she has two misdemeanor convictions and a judge had issued a deportation order for her in 2011.

Vizguerra vowed to continue her fight for her children’s sakes.

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  • Instead of:
    “A Mexican woman seeking to avoid deportation is taking refuge in a Denver church…”

    wouldn’t the article be more accurate, had it reported:
    “An illegal Mexican woman, with two misdemeanor convictions and was issued a deportation order 2011, seeking to avoid deportation is taking refuge in a Denver church…” ???

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