Mother of 4 defies deportation order, takes sanctuary in church

CBS4's Tom Mustin interviews Rev. Mike Morran

"The Trump administration is bullying a victim of crime and a mother of four", Meyer said. Since then, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have targeted hundreds of immigrants across the country, especially those with outstanding deportation orders.

In her place were 100 supporters who demonstrated outside the building as her attorney, Han Meyer, and a minister entered to speak with agents.

They said they were met by a lobby full of agents, a few of them armed, and were told Vizguerra would not get another extension as she tries to obtain a U visa, sometimes given to crime victims. Vizguerra, a native of Mexico and an immigrant rights activist, said she plans to live in the basement be.

Vizguerra has been granted several stays under Obama-era policies that concentrated deportation efforts on only the worst of criminals. However, President Donald Trump's executive order has cast a much wider net, focusing on undocumented immigrants with any form of criminal history, including non-violent offenses like traffic violations and, like Vizguerra, working illegally in order to feed her family.

Vizguerra took refuge in the church, a common tactic to avoid deportation because authorities generally don't enter places of worship, as immigrant advocates called for the release of 23-year-old in Washington state who was detained despite participating in a federal program to protect those brought to the US illegally as children.

A somber crowd of supporters gathered at the First Unitarian Church on Wednesday afternoon, as Vizguerra took shelter there.

"This is not just an attack on me, it's an attack on the entire immigrant community", Vizguerra said.

Should Vizguerra become separated from her American-born children Zury, 6, Roberto, 10, and Luna, 12, their care would fall to her husband and 26-year-old daughter. In an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Jeanette Vizguerra, 45, said she skipped her scheduled check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier out of fear that she would be deported.

As the letter stated, Vizguerra had been issued by federal immigration judge a final deportation order to Mexico last November 2011 hence they are denying Jeanette's appeal. She was arrested once for not having a driver's license, and another time for having a forged Social Security number, according to ICE officials.

Jeanette Vizguerra came to the United States more than 20 years ago.

"My fight is going to continue", Vizguerra said, wiping away tears.



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