Undocumented Mother Who Stood Up to Trump Makes Time’s 100 Most Influential People List
Jeanette Vizguerra Recognized For Activism While Avoiding Deportation By Trump Admin
Donald Trump and his administration have made it clear in recent days they are willing to deport any undocumented people, regardless of circumstances. One undocumented mother currently standing up to Trump on the issue has now been given a distinction in recognition of her activism. Jeanette Vizguerra has been named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list while taking sanctuary in a Denver church for the past two months to avoid possible deportation.
Vizguerra, the mother of three young, U.S.-born children and one undocumented adult daughter, has been at the First Unitarian Church since February. At that time, she was informed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement her stay in the U.S. would not be extended, apparently due to past misdemeanor charges of re-entering the country illegally after the death of her mother and using fake documents. She makes Time’s list and joins figures from varied backgrounds, such as Elizabeth Warren, Viola Davis, LeBron James, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump, himself.
In regard to the president, Vizguerra told the LA Times in February:
“I paid my taxes for 20 years, unlike Trump,” she said. “Look at his character. He insults women, he insults Mexicans, he insults everyone. Who has the better moral character?”
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviewed Vizguerra over the weekend and the mother confirmed she had received death threats through social media for her recent notoriety. She also stated the local police captain had talked to her in person and offered support during her stay in the church.
The Trump administration came under fire after the deportation of a DACA-protected 23-year-old man in February was brought to mainstream attention through a lawsuit challenging his removal. Attorney General Jeff Sessions doubled-down on the administration’s position by saying the government “can’t promise people who are here unlawfully that they’re not going to be deported”, including those with DACA status.
Vizguerra told CNN she was grateful her two decades of activism was being recognized. And who knows? Maybe the added recognition and spreading of her story might help keep her with her family. Just as it should be.
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