In modern times, private bills are mostly used to help undocumented immigrants receive temporary stays while federal officials review their cases.
Both Vizguerra and Garcia were granted stays by the Immigration Customs and Enforcement service until 2019.
Nine Colorado congregations help shield immigrants from deportation. They are protected by a 2011 policy, but worry that it might change under the Trump Administration.
- Jeanette Vuzguerra has faced deportation since she was detained at the border for visiting her dying mother in 2009.Read more
- Her attorney, Hans Meyer, says the short-term solution only keeps his client in limbo.Read more
- Jeanette Vizguerra's case has gained attention since she became one of the first undocumented immigrants in Colorado to share her story with the public.Read more