By Rick Sallinger


DENVER (CBS4)– Immigrant advocates and sympathizers are warning about arrests in 10 cities around the country as early as Sunday. Denver is included in that list.

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One woman from Mexico has taken sanctuary in a church to avoid deportation.

When asked, “Do you feel safe in here?”

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Jeanette Vizguerra replied, “Yes, this is security.”

For more than three months, Vizguerra has been living inside the First Unitarian Society of Denver church.

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On the doors, instructions are posted what to do “If ICE comes to the door” or “If ICE enters unnoticed.”

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The anticipated sweep is expected to be similar to operations that authorities have regularly done since 2003. They often produce hundreds of arrests.

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This one is different because President Donald Trump announced Monday on Twitter that it would be the start of an effort to deport millions of people in the country illegally, a near-impossibility given limited resources of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which makes the arrests and carries out deportation orders.

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On the steps of the church on Thursday, an announcement was made that Vizguerra’s application for a visa to avoid deportation was denied. Now comes word of possible enforcement action this weekend.

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Gabriela Flora is the program director of the American Friends Service Committee in Denver is calling for resistance.

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“We are letting people know this happening and its a balance of not creating panic we don’t know how it’s going to play out,” she said.

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Vizguerra and others are equipped with panic buttons on their phones should immigration authorities arrive. They also have an app to connect with a lawyer if needed.

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In the past when ICE makes detentions, what’s called targeted actions are unannounced. This time the president himself has announced them in advance.

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“It’s horrible every time he does a campaign he tries to scare the people,” said Vizguerra.

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Rick Sallinger

Comments
  1. Yes have NO law, NO order just like the countries you’re trying to escape.

    The current migration at our border is costing taxpayers a Kings ransom ($17,000 per day ABC news.) Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars.

    We have Democrat / Socialist / Activists in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations the “benefits” & laws of coming to the USA and to make sure you bring your children and use the the magic words…..”credible fear.” Mexico recently arrested two socialist activists who were instrumental in the organizing of prior caravans,

    Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily? National Sovereignty is a myth to Democrats. The crisis is manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop.. They will with hold border security support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible overwhelming our BP & ICE before assisting in border security (if ever).

    To Democrats/Progressives/Socialists (whats the difference?) programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) or the “visa lottery” program (Chuck Schumer’s idea) are permanent programs. There is nothing “temporary or deferred” about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt, against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.