Immigrant Rights Activist Granted Year’s Deportation Stay

February 24, 2016
Photo: Gabriela Flora, Jeanette Vizguerra, Deportation (VV)
Gabriela Flora, left, listens as Jeanette Vizguerra addresses supporters outside of the Centennial Immigration and Customs field office on Wednesday.

Jeanette Vizguerra had been receiving shorter term stays. She's faced deportation since she was detained at the border for visiting her dying mother in 2009.

"This gives Jeanette a chance to be with her children, to be able to put food on the table, and for us to get a decision from the government on the merits of the case," said Hans Meyer, her attorney.

Vizguerra was joined by several supporters when she announced the news outside an Immigration and Customs field office in Centennial Wednesday. She was there for a routine check-in with authorities.

Vizguerra was granted the stay after she applied for a special visa because she was once a victim of a crime and assisted the prosecution.