|Jeanette Vizguerra, surrounded by two of her four children born in the United States, addresses her supporters in front of the Denver Baptist Church on February 18, 2017.|
Jeanette Vizguerra took refuge in one of the 800 sanctuary churches that welcome undocumented migrants in the United States. Since then, she has become the icon of undocumented parents whose children have US citizenship.
Jeanette Vizguerra had chosen to resist the threat of expulsion by the immigration services. She had decided to take refuge alone in the Denver Baptist Church and had entrusted her four children to friends.
On her release Friday, Jeanette Vizguerra wanted to send a message to undocumented parents who, like her, have children of American nationality.
" My children missed me. It is for them that I fight. But also for all mothers and fathers who are in the same situation as me. We are a community. No matter the origin, the color, the country. Their pain is my pain, "she said.
Jeanette Vizguerra is one of 34 illegal immigrants who obtained immigration and customs services until 2019. A decision obtained thanks to the support of senators and members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans.
A well-deserved victory, according to Hans Meyer, Jeanette Vizguerra's lawyer. " These are people who have families, they are good parents who work hard and have lived in the United States for 20 years. That's all you need to know. They deserve to have a peaceful life and to obtain American nationality. "
In a few months, Jeanette Vizguerra has become a symbol of the Mexican immigrants that Donald Trump wants to send back to their country. The US president had said he would deport nearly 3 million "criminals" as soon as he was elected, but many people without heavy criminal records were arrested and deported.