Arturo Hernandez Garcia, father in Denver
Like many in the U.S., Arturo Hernandez Garcia's life has been turned upside down, more than once, by inhumane immigration policies that tear families and communities apart.
Arturo, a small business owner and father of two citizen children, has called the U.S. home for almost two decades. In 2014 and 2015, he spent nine months in sanctuary at the First Unitarian Church in Denver before receiving a letter from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) informing him that he was no longer a priority for deportation.
In April of 2017, he was unexpectedly detained by ICE at his workplace. But thanks to advocacy by his family, AFSC, and the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, and Denver community members, Arturo was granted a two-year stay of deportation. He was released in May, just weeks before his daughter graduated from high school.
Feds grant Jeanette Vizguerra, Arturo Hernandez Garcia stays of deportation
In May 2017, Arturo Hernandez Garcia, who had previously sought sanctuary in a Denver church and was recently arrested by ICE agents, received a two-stay stay of deportation.