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Jeanette Vizguerra, activist seeking sanctuary in Denver, denied visa application to avoid deportation

Undocumented woman has taken refuge inside Denver church
Posted at 4:56 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 18:56:06-04

DENVER -- A woman who has become one of the faces of undocumented immigrants’ struggles in Colorado was denied her application for a U visa to become a lawful resident in the United States.

Jeanette Vizguerra has been seeking sanctuary at the First Unitarian Society of Denver church since her stay of deportation expired earlier this year. In 2017, she lived at the church for 86 days to avoid being deported to Mexico before she was granted the stay.

Vizguerra has been in the U.S. for almost 25 years.

U visas provide a way for undocumented immigrants to legally reside in the U.S. if they are approved. Immigrants who have been victims of or witnesses to crime and cooperate with law enforcement and district attorneys on those investigations are eligible.

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