Photo: Vizguerra Ramirez Family
An undocumented Colorado activist will be deported to Mexico after attending her mother’s funeral there and then attempting to return to the United States, according to the community organization Rights for All People.
Jeanette Vizguerra Ramirez, ex-director of the organization, is being held in El Paso, Texas, awaiting deportation.
Vizguerra gained attention in 2011 when hundreds of religious and pro-immigrant leaders marched through the streets of Denver asking federal authorities to intervene and stop her deportation.
The immigration judge refused to close the case for deporting Vizguerra, but the Mexican entered an appeal.
In September 2012, without waiting for the case to be tried, Vizguerra went to Mexico to attend her mother’s funeral, and even looked for work there but was unsuccessful.
She therefore decided to return to the United States to join her husband and children in Colorado, but was detained by the Border Patrol.
Rights for All People and other groups launched a campaign on behalf of Vizguerra, urging interested citizens to contact federal immigration authorities and ask them to apply prosecutorial discretion in her case.
“Jeanette has worked hard for her community in Colorado and has inspired many with her courage and passion,” Rights for All People said.
Vizguerra, a native of Mexico City, moved to Colorado with her husband 15 years ago. In 2000, he was diagnosed with cancer and the illness left him unable to work.
Jeanette started a cleaning business to support the family and was in the process of applying for legal residence when a 2009 traffic stop brought her to the attention of immigration authorities.
At present, according to Rights for All People, the only option for Vizguerra is for authorities to let her stay in the country for humanitarian reasons, to care for her children and husband.