Immigration advocates demand end to threat of deportation

Photo: Arturo and priest Sanctuary feature
In this 2014 file photo, Arturo Hernandez Garcia stands next to pastor Mike Morran in the basement of the First Unitarian Church of Denver in Denver. Garcia is in legal limbo over his immigration status.

Immigration advocates are trying to rally public support for President Obama's deferred action program. Members of the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition rallied at the state Capitol Wednesday, protesting the continued court injunction against a program that could delay deportation for 5 million undocumented immigrants.

“If we do not change these policies we’re going to see wasted tax payers dollars we’re going to continue to see families torn apart, but we’re also going to see the resistance and the resilience within the immigrant community demanding these policies change," said Gabriela Flora of American Friends Service Committee who helped organize the rally.

One of those immigrants affected by the legal limbo is Arturo Hernandez Garcia. He's been in sanctuary in a metro Denver church for seven months, and recently had his latest request to stay in the country rejected.

Flora says some Coloradans will travel to Washington D.C. in mid-June and hold a fast to draw attention to their cause. Their hopes are that Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security will direct local offices to enforce the president’s immigration policies.