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Community Activist Wins Fight To Stay In U.S. — For Now

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – An Aurora community activist has won a fight to stay in the U.S. with her family — for now.

Jeanete Vizguerra has become a symbol for activists ever since she was caught living in America illegally when a police officer pulled her over for a traffic stop more than four years ago. She was granted a stay of deportation or a stay of removal, meaning she can remain in the United States with her family, but she says it could come to an end at any time.

“Happy, um, different emotions,” Vizguerra said. “I couldn’t believe it because I was three hours away from being deported.”

Her years of fighting ended Thursday night. Without giving a reason, the Department of Homeland Security is allowing her to stay until January. At that time Vizguerra says she’s not sure what will happen.

“The lawyer says that there’s nothing more to do, but I believe there is always more to do and the fight doesn’t end, and the fight doesn’t end to try and stay with your family,” she said.

For her, that’s her three young children, a husband with health problems, and a community of women just like her with a long road ahead.

“I hope to do as much as I can in the time that I have here for those women.”

Vizguerra says even with the uncertainty she faces she will be at home with her family celebrating for now.


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