Friday vigil marks two years of Boulder sanctuary for immigrant [convicted criminal illegal alien] Ingrid Encalada Latorre

Article author: 
Kelsey Hammon
Article publisher: 
Colorado Daily
Article date: 
26 October 2019
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Colorado News
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Friday night in the flicker of candlelight, more than 50 people marched around the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder to show solidarity with Ingrid Encalada Latorre, who for the past two years has been living in sanctuary to avoid deportation.

In an effort to show continued dedication for her cause, the church partnered with the Boulder County Sanctuary Coalition to host a vigil for Latorre. Before they marched, Latorre joined several others in addressing the crowd, encouraging the community to not stop fighting both for her and the 11 million other immigrants in “limbo.”

“It’s not only myself, but my immigrant community that is being attacked and facing deportation and family separation,” she said  “I want to keep my family together. Don’t leave me alone in this fight.” ...

Latorre has been living in sanctuary for two years, but has only been at the east Boulder church for about a year and a 10 months. ... where she lives with her three American-born children ...

ICE can make an arrest at any time, but the organization avoids sensitive locations like churches, hospitals and schools, according to ICE spokesperson Alethea Smock. Church officials confirmed Friday that ICE is aware of Latorre’s refuge at the church. The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and police also are aware of her situation.

According to [ICE spokesperson] Smock, Latorre illegally entered the U.S. near Brownsville, Texas, in 2002 — though Latorre has said she came to the U.S. in 2000 ...

Latorre filed two requests for stay of removal, both of which were denied. She also twice failed to report to ICE in 2016 ...

“As a convicted felon with a final order of removal imposed by a federal immigration judge, Encalada-La Torre is an ICE immigration enforcement priority,”  Smock said ...

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