By Shaun Boyd

DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado Congressman Jared Polis says a rogue immigration agent is breaking agency protocol to deport a Denver woman.

Jeanette Vizguerra entered the country illegally 20 years ago, has three American born children and was awaiting a visa that would give her a path to legal status when Polis says Immigration and Customs did something unprecedented.

Congressman Jared Polis and Jeanette Vizguerra (credit: CBS)

Congressman Jared Polis and Jeanette Vizguerra (credit: CBS)

“The normal custom is ICE defers deportation during the processing time… and yet there’s a rogue ICE agent who has broken with the protocol of ICE, broken with what the agency normally does, and has refused to grant Jeanette a deferral of her deportation order.”

Vizguerra took refuge inside a Denver church, where federal agents won’t go. ICE says it’s granted Vizguerra six deferrals since she was convicted of using a fake social security card in 2009, but she suggests her deportation is in retaliation for speaking out.

“I push very strong for my community. I push my case. He is very angry for my person pushing everybody.”

Polis says he is now escalating the case.

Congressman Jared Polis (credit: CBS)

Congressman Jared Polis (credit: CBS)

He says under President Trump’s guidance Vizguerra should be a low priority for deportation.

He’s filed a bill to give her permanent legal status, wrote a letter to Homeland Security and is lobbying top ICE officials, “I’ve had discussions with some of the higher ups at the agency in D.C. and I’m trying to get them to exert their authority.”

Jeanette Vizguerra (credit: CBS)

Jeanette Vizguerra (credit: CBS)

Vizguerra says she will stay at the church for years if necessary but won’t stay quiet, “I continue to change the system. My family need me. I need my kids.”

Polis does not think the Trump administration is involved in Vizguerra’s deportation, but he says it is a test case for how the new administration plans to enforce immigration law.

“We absolutely need to be wary of the new role of the agency – ICE – in the Trump era and frankly I worry they’ll move away their focus away from keeping our communities safe and deporting criminals to deporting otherwise normally law abiding citizens like Jeannette.”

Congressman Jared Polis and Jeanette Vizguerra (credit: CBS)

Congressman Jared Polis and Jeanette Vizguerra (credit: CBS)

A spokesman for ICE told me he wasn’t able to comment on Polis’s allegations.

Shaun Boyd is CBS4’s political specialist. She’s a veteran reporter with more than 25 years of experience. Follow her on Twitter @cbs4shaun.

Comments (6)
  1. Her children are not US citizens!
    “Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great desideratum in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country.” Senator Jacob Howard R-MI, 1866 14th Amendment author.

  2. David Kaplan says:

    It’s too bad Jared Polis supports criminal illegal aliens who deliberately break our laws instead of supporting American citizens who are victimized by these people.

  3. CBS4, be a real news station and do some homework on what a U Visa is and it’s requirements. You’ll find Vizguerra would’ve never qualified, period.

  4. Rep. Polis is part of the problem in this country, he backs a criminal who should be deported immediately. Vizguerra is a criminal, what about the innocent American who’s SSN was stolen? CBS4 you better get behind the good citizens of this country and stop supporting dirtbags!

  5. ‘Jeanette’ wasn’t innocent! It IS STILL against the law to steal a citizen’s social security number!
    Polis is a big part of our problem with criminals not being prosecuted for their crimes, simply because they broke our immigration law.

  6. Rep Polis broke protocol at the Presidential speech by sitting on his hands during a call for respect for law enforcement. Polis brought an illegal immigrant to the Presidential address and showed open disrespect for our President and the law.
    I’m so ashamed to have voted for Polis after meeting him on my front doorstep, begging for my support and lying about his agenda.
    Perhaps Polis was looking for a new boyfriend with his ‘date’ to the Presidential address.

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