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ICE Detains Husband of CO Sanctuary Leader

ICE Detains Husband of CO Sanctuary Leader

Published: January 11, 2018
Photo: AFSC

Ingrid Encalada Latorre addresses the press from sanctuary in a Boulder church

DENVER, CO (January 11, 2018) Today, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained Eliseo Jurado without warning. Eliseo is the husband of Ingrid Encalada Latorre, a leader in Colorado’s sanctuary movement who is currently in sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Boulder. Ingrid and her family, along with supporters, will hold a vigil and press conference at 6:00pm MT this evening at Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave in Boulder.

Ingrid is a leader with the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition and is part of national movement for immigrant rights. She claimed Sanctuary at UUCB last month. “ICE’s detention of Eliseo feels like a direct attack on our family,” said Ingrid Encalada Latorre. “His work sustains our family. He has the right to fight his case and, although I am sad and angry, we will fight. I invite the support of the whole community in what lies ahead for us.”

Eliseo Jurado arrived in the U.S. as a teenager, when he left Mexico to rejoin his family. His father is a U.S. citizen and his mother a permanent resident. Because U.S. laws have created a decades-long backlog for Mexicans attempting to reunite with families in the U.S., he came to be with his parents. Eliseo has lived in Colorado for many years, where he met Ingrid. Eliseo is step-father to Bryant, 9 and father to two-year-old Anibal. Six ICE agents detained Eliseo today in the parking lot of a Safeway, even though nothing about his life or his immigration status had changed in any way.

“The unjust detention of Eliseo feels like an attack not just on his human rights, but also on the strong and growing sanctuary movement here in this state,” said aid Jennifer Piper, Interfaith Organizer for the American Friends Service Committee. “We will continue to fight for just and humane immigration reform that keeps families together and our communities whole.”

“We are indignant that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would engage in what appears to be retaliation. We stand with Ravi Ragbir and his family as he was detained today in New York City and we stand with Ingrid and Eliseo here in Colorado,” said Jeanette Vizguerra, leader with the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition. “We are calling for Ravi and Eliseo's immediate release.”

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