Where they are now

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

Three peo­ple have claimed sanc­tu­ary with Den­ver con­gre­ga­tions in the past three years.

Ar­turo Her­nan­dez Gar­cia left sanc­tu­ary in 2015. He was de­tained for a week in late April but was re­leased — and given a stay of re­moval — in time to make it to his daugh­ter’s high school grad­u­a­tion. This fall, she’ll start cour­ses at Front Range Com­mu­nity Col­lege; she plans to go to nurs­ing school. Her­nan­dez Gar­cia con­tin­ues to fight for per­ma­nent res­i­dence. “I’m try­ing to re­cover a nor­mal life, so I’m work­ing a lot.” With a child in col­lege, “I need to work over­time.”

In­grid En­cal­ada La­torre left sanc­tu­ary in May with a tem­po­rary stay. On Wed­nes­day, she’ll go to court for an at­tempt to re­open the case for her felony con­vic­tion for pos­sess­ing­fal­si­fied­pa­pers,which she used work, to in a le­gal ma­neu­ver called col­lat­eral at­tack. She claims her at­tor­ney at the time mis­ad­vised her by telling her to take the plea and that it would not af­fect her im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus. “It made her de­por­ta­tion a fore­gone con­clu­sion,” said Jeff Joseph, her cur­rent im­mi­gra­tion at­tor­ney. If the court finds that her at­tor­ney was in­ef­fec­tive, her case could start over again.

Jeanette Vizguerra left sanc­tu­ary in May, when she re­ceived a two-year stay of re­moval. She con­tin­ues her work as an im­mi­grant-rights ac­tivist and, along with Her­nan­dez Gar­cia and En­cal­ada La­torre, at­tended the sanc­tu­ary move­ment’s con­ven­tion in Austin in late July.

Ar­turo Her­nan­dez Gar­cia visits his friend from sanc­tu­ary, Jeanette Vizguerra, in May.

In­grid En­cal­ada La­torre will go to court Wed­nes­day in an at­tempt to re­open a le­gal case.

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