DENVER (CBS4) – An Aurora woman who has been an outspoken advocate for immigrants in Colorado is facing deportation. On Monday the support she gave others came back to her.

Surrounded by supporters outside federal court, Jeanette Vizguerra fought back tears. For more than a decade she has been the one leading rallies and helping those in need. She’s a community activist who fights for immigrant rights.

Vizguerra came to Colorado from Mexico City 14 years ago. She has four children, a business that employs 20 people, and a husband who has cancer. Now she faces deportation after she was pulled over by an Aurora police officer.

“He stopped, looked at me and first things out of mouth were, ‘Are you here legally or not?'” Vizguerra said.

She still doesn’t know why she was stopped by the officer, but now it doesn’t matter. All that matters to her now is who will care for her children should she be sent back.

“What happens to them if their father gets sick again? What happens to all the dreams we had in this country?” she said.

But some would ask Vizguerra what she expected when she came here illegally. She said she traded fear of violence in Mexico for fear of deportation. Even now she says it was worth it.

“I’m going to keep fighting for my case, but not only for my case, but all those detained and deported so we can change the system,” Vizguerra said.

Vizguerra was scheduled to have her final deportation hearing Monday, but it was postponed until July.

Comments (50)
  1. LCD says:

    It is virtually impossible for unskilled immigrants without relations in the US to apply for permanent legal residence. Wait time for green cards approaches infinity. If your life was in danger and your children were hungry, would you be able to sit back and wait for an opportunity that never comes? Deportation is not a fix for our immigration system.

  2. Alma says:

    Wow! How old are all these people that are posting all that hate?? It’s so sad how “power” destroys their hearts:( we are not citizens of the united states but citizens of this planet. We were suppost to help each other not kill one another! This land belong to all human of all races, government and money have killed all your souls and it’s sad. That lady has kids, she paid taxes like we all do and didn’t kill anyone like other people… You still don’t believe she has the right to live a peaceful life? Or just jelous she has accomplished so much?? Why? This world is wonderful, instead of fighting for ” power” save water, take care of those that you love because karma will come and get you back… You might even fall in love with an immigrant, they are humans too, just like all your ancestors that fought to get a better life. Immigrants don’t go to hospitals, they die home. They don’t get food stamps, they work hard. They don’t look for trouble they just wish to have a life. Ignorance is what is keeping us behind. Don’t worry the immigrants don’t want your Safeway job, they want to make your cities look amazing with cheap labor, no housing and no family around. Instead of hating them get to know their story you all can use some wisdom and stop being so freaking selfish… When you all die you won’t be taking part of this land, you will only take away memories… Maybe you should all go find some morals and learn to love…

  3. Family Unification says:

    I was very disturbed to learn about Jeanette’s case and how her family is being negatively impacted by our broken immigration system that doesn’t allow so many people to legalize their status. It is unacceptable that our government’s actions tear families apart. What is even more upsetting is that mother’s like Jeannette are being taken from their children daily by detention and deportation. I am deeply saddened by the messages of hate I see in these posts. Instead of blaming people who are victims of our out dated and broken immigration system, we should be working together to create communities that welcome and value all those who are contributing.

  4. Guest says:

    These comments are vivid proof. Do a story about the inhumanity of the process, the ignorance of the community and the fact that this is another money-maker for the corporations which are now running our country and stomping all of our freedoms.

    1. Number 6 says:

      Don’t forget the despicable Democratic Party who pushes for amnesty to gain voters since their traditional union base is eroding.

  5. Patrick says:

    “Don’t mistreat anmy foreigners who dwell in your land. Instead treat them as well as you treat citizens and love them as much as you love yourself. Remember you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”


    1. Number 6 says:

      Oh brother. Let me know how May 21st works out for you.

  6. seth says:

    i think some education about our immigration system is what is most needed by folks here…the immigration system is so broken that an immigration process can take over 30 years…i also wonder how many folks families commenting here came the “legal” way…in the original years of the U.S., entering legally was a matter of signing a book on the way into the country, or just walking into the country. examining how and why our immigration system has become so burdensome, exclusive, and such and expensive & long process is a question for us all. we wouldn’t be the kind of country we are without folks who were/are willing to invest in owning businesses here and raising families here and i’m thankful for folks (including my family three generations ago) who have done that. the other issus is that unless your family lived here originally (native americans) nothing you benefit from has come without stealing someone else’s land and participating in one of the largest genocides in the history of the world. i don’t think there is much room to talk about a mother who has invested with integrity in the community and cares a lot about america looks like for current and future community members. thanks for setting an amazing example for us, jeanette

    1. Number 6 says:

      Streamline the red tape process; but don’t reward illegal aliens for breaking the law by giving them amnesty.

      What part of “Rule of Law” and “illegal” don’t you understand?

      1. Holofernes Slayer says:

        Slavery was law. Segregation was law. The U.S. has enforced cruel and unconstitutional laws. Immigration law need to be reformed now! We are living in the biggest human rights violation crisis of our lifetime.

  7. Reality of it all says:

    The ignorance of you people, I cannot believe the inhumane thoughts that are literally coming out of your brain, here’s this poor lady, she’s poor, she’s here for a reason and you all don’t see it so I will spell it out for you, s-h-e h-a-d a c-h-o-i-c-e t-o m-a-k-e.. and she made the same choice all of you would have made, go to a land of opportunities, a land of opportunities where you have a “choice” of living in peace and providing for your family.. or stay in your own country full of poverty, violence, and corruption where you can easily be killed by a drug dealer for looking at him the wrong way or get pulled over by a corrupt cop just so he can take the last few cents you hold in your pocket, sure she broke the law by crossing over but just like one of our smart writers said haven’t we all at some point? and you are all foolish if you believe that she doesn’t know english, she’s been here 14 years, owns her own business, and doesn’t know english? kick that back to the rumor corner and leave it there because that’s all it is is a rumor.. It’s not easy to become legal, you all make it sound like you can just buy a permit off any street corner but no, there’s more to it than you think. Taxes? well, everyone pays taxes no matter if your here legally or not, I don’t even want to get on that subject because it’s just ironic, everyone pays taxes on e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g no matter who you are, sure some people pay less because of medicaid and get a discount, (once again these are called low income families) but so do you each time you cut out the coupons from the sunday paper, it somehow all evens out in some way, I would gladly watch over her kids while she goes away for a while because believe it or not, she will be back and I myself will pray for her so that jesus our lord savior helps her in her dark days to come. I gladly tip my hat and thank all of you who see the true struggles of this woman’s life.

    1. Number 6 says:

      Tell you what…put her up at your own expense. I’ll bet you won’t.

      I don’t have a problem with her wanting to improve her life; I have a problem with how she did it.

      BTW, Mexico’s laws concerning illegal aliens are far harsher than the USA’s and I don’t hear you illegal aliens supporters protesting the inhumanity of their laws.

      1. Reality of it all says:

        bet me, I will call your bluff.

        problem with how she did it eh? me too! I wish all these illegal immigrants would ride into the US in limousines just like any other foreign president or top notch do when they feel like it.

        finally, I am no illegal immigrant my friend but if I were and my name was Jesus, I wouldn’t blame you for breaking a law to try and enter my kingdom in heaven to live in peace rather than live in hell and feel an eternal lifetime full of torture and pain.

  8. Number 6 says:

    @E. Charles White and Mary:

    Get a clue people; this woman is an illegal alien, she became a criminal the moment she stepped onto American soil without permission. She has no right to be here regardless of how “decent” and “hard working” she may be or claims to be. If she wants to be a legal resident, there is a well established process for doing so, and it doesn’t involve border hopping.

    I’m sick of illegal aliens sponging off the American taxpayer. If you think she’s so saintly, then by all means take her into your homes and clothe her, feed her, provide for her medical care, etc on YOU dime.

    1. LEARNTOSWIM says:

      Right on Number 6! It’s time we take back OUR country!

      1. Holofernes Slayer says:

        By “OUR” country what do you mean? Sorry to tell you this was never your country. If you are not native american you are an immigrant.

  9. Mary says:

    It makes no sense to deport hard working,decent people. I do not kno why the ooilice stopped her but it does not sound like anything serious. No doubt Ms Vizguerra can speak and understand English but may prefer her first language when speaking in court and to the media. We all would be more comfortable in high pressure situations speaking our first language.
    We need a path for people like Ms Vizguerra to becone legal residents and citizens so that they do not live in fear.

  10. E. Charles White says:

    It amazing how much xenophobic ignorance is displayed here.
    “You have been here 14 years and it never occurred to you to become legal?” As if were that easy, just by wanting to be legal doesn’t make it possible, especially when they come illegally. The IRS provides individual tax identification numbers (ITIN) to those with out a valid SSN for tax purposes. With that ITIN they pay taxes and can (or used to) open a business. If she doesn’t speaks English, there’s just no excuse for that.

  11. learntoswim says:

    This makes me so angry – the nerve! Deport her, all the rest of the illegals and their children too! I’d be happy to pitch in!

  12. Ourwayorthe highway says:

    What bothered me the most about this story was how it was presented by Channel 4 news. Entirely slanted to the liberal left. Poor lady is being deported and she has all these kids here, cry me a fricken river. Her response is that she will work to change OUR system. I am almost speechless, this one story has bothered more than any news story I have seen in years. It is a CRIME to be here illegally, end of story. See what happens when US citizens are caught in Mexico illegally, you would be lucky to find their corpse.

    1. Holofernes Slayer says:

      This is great story. It shows the humanity of people. working hard and contributing to this country. Our immigration system is the most abusive system in this country. It exploits people for the labor and give them no rights to live a decent life. What monsters have American become to not stop injustice?

  13. Raul says:

    How can you be an advocate and not know english?

  14. Mike says:

    Well, maybe now she can be an outspoken advocate for government reform in her own country so that the illegals won’t need to come here.

  15. Taxpayer says:

    And I now wonder, is her “business” legal? How could it be if she’s an illegal? So has she been running this business under the table and not paying taxes?

  16. TL says:

    You have been here 14 years and it never occurred to you to become legal? You had plenty of opportunity. Your being deported cause you don’t have papers to be here! Not because you don’t have a right to be. Get your priorities straight!

    1. Holofernes Slayer says:

      It’s okay not to understand how the immigration law and system works, if you have never encountered it, but you have not right to judge. You dont realize how much money and time it takes to even get a response from USCIS, sometimes people wait up to 20 years only to be rejected. I would suggest for you to open up your mind and become informed before you pass judgement.

  17. Rick Garcia says:

    WELL SAID,with all this talk of tax increases,I wonder what her share would have been,,AMERICA BORROWS 125 BILLION A MONTH,

  18. Taxpayer says:

    Cry me a river!! She wants to milk the system, reap the benefits and still not bother to learn English. She made no effort to become a citizen after 14 years. I guarantee you taxpayers have been paying for her and her families healthcare (amongst other things) all these years. Go back to Mexico!! She’s not an “advocate” she just teaches other illegals how to work the system and avoid being caught.

    1. Holofernes Slayer says:

      Guarantee? Prove it.

  19. Rick Garcia says:

    IS THERE NO RESPECT FOR THE LAW,,jesus said ,,to obey ceasars law,,she,s the one that seperated her family.. not this country..

    1. Holofernes Slayer says:

      Jesus was an immigrant too, and the Lord said not to oppress the sojourner, the immigrant. Jesus is kind and would be sad a most of the comments on this site.

      Leviticus 19:33-34
      “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

      Exodus 22:21
      “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt

  20. Shelly says:

    When I saw this I had to re-wind and make sure that I had heard correct – been her 14 years and she wasn’t talking English —- that is just BS. Send her back!!!!!!

    1. Holofernes Slayer says:

      In France a lot of people know three languages. How many do you know? The U.S. is a country of immigrants. You ancestors were not of this land.

  21. Jared says:

    She broke the law. Period!!! And of course, didn’t bother to learn the English language after 14 years.W hy should she get any special treatment They come over here illegally, refuse to assimilate into the American way of life, first and foremost by learning our language. Then operate a business illegally. Has anyone ver noticed that when go into a Chinese or Mexican restaurant that half the time when you go to pay, they don’t ring up your bill unless you pay for it with a credit card. Most of the tickets are hand written. Why do you suppose that is? How about it’s because they don’t want to pay their taxes, so they hide their income. Check it out next time you go out for dinner. Get rid of this person. It’s not fair to those who are here legally. Why do illegal immigrants deserve any rights? They don’t!!!! Go away!!!!!!!!

  22. Dale says:

    She’s ugly, too stupid and lazy to learn English, she broke the law, she enables others, and she doesn’t belong here.

    Too bad they can’t throw her in jail before throwing her out.

    1. Holofernes Slayer says:

      Sad human you are! She is a brave woman. She has more integrity and valor than you will ever know. May God pity you.

  23. Number 6 says:

    Too bad, so sad; she should have thought about the consequences when she invaded the USA by entering illegally.

    Since in 14-years time she hasn’t learned English; that tells me she has no intention of assimilating into American culture; but wants to reap the benefits of being in America.

    Deport the parasite ASAP!

    @Joey Sanchez. The only immigration reform America needs is to have our laws enforced. I’m so sick of the “Stop tearing families apart” rhetoric as the invaders should have thought about that before coming here illegally.

    @EH. Sick of this country are you? So leave, no one is stopping you. Let us know how you like Mexico or whatever third world country you think is so great.

  24. Joey Sanchez says:

    IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW!!! Stop tearing families apart!!!

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  26. KKK says:

    ship them all back and take back our country from the job stealing system draining illegal immigrants

  27. TJ says:

    Can’t even speak English after 14 years!!!! What a sham this woman is and she is an advocate. Give us a break and send her and the family back to Mexico now.
    How old are her kids? We as tax payers probably paid for the birth of some of them, given all of them free health care, free lunches, Medicaid, you name it. And like Wilk mentioned above “which mexican sympathizer in the Secretary of State Office gave her a license?” That person might be an illegal immigrant also in a State government position.

  28. EH says:

    what a powerful story. what kind of country dehumanizes and criminalizes a mother doing what it takes to feed her family? everyone knows our immigration system is broken. have any of you ever broken a law? i must be ‘illegal’ too since i engaged in underage drinking and drive over the speed limit. wasn’t slavery also legal? so sick of this country exploiting vulnerable populations, enacting foreign policies that give people in other countries no other choice but to try to come to the US for a better life, and then criminalizing them when they do. wake up people, do some research into the realities of our immigration system, how backlogged and expensive it is to become a citizen, and how the US has always changed the laws for whatever’s convenient for us, inviting in cheap labor then deporting them when we have a recession or don’t want them anymore. what would you do to feed your family?? take a second to think before you judge and attack.

    1. Mike says:

      There are ways to come here legally, you don’t have to crawl under the fence to do it. That cheap labor costs the tax payers a lot of money every year. We also don’t know how many are criminals. Personally I think if we are going to get involved with any countries problems, we should start by sending troops to Mexico and force their government to get their act together. If it wasn’t for all the corrution there, there would be no reason for them to come here in the first place.

  29. Roma Brandau says:

    14 Years and she’s NOT a LEGAL CITIZEN!!!! What an insult to all the immigrants who do enter our country and follow the laws and learn to speak the language. Send her and her children back to Mexico. If you want to be in America, BECOME A CITIZEN!!! Don’t expect to break the law and then think that we should feel sorry for you! YOU BROKE THE LAW!!!!!!

  30. CJ says:

    14 years, a business with 20 workers, and you have not taken the time to learn any English.

  31. Don says:

    She wants to change the system? So it’s ok to break the law and now she wants to change the system to accomodate her behavior? Get out now and don’t come back EVER!

  32. fly4fnbr says:

    Guess you shouldn’t flaunt your illegal status. Advocate my ass. BYEEE

  33. The Wilk says:

    You have twenty employees. Better check them out too. They’re either already dead (ss#) or here illegally like their leader (activist) Boot her out! She can afford to move all of them back to Mexico! And which mexican sympathizer in the Secretary of State Office gave her a license/

  34. S says:

    Bye Bye lawbreaker! Don’t come back!!!!!

  35. Me says:

    Great! How ironic! Kick her out NOW!!!!!

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