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Community Gathers At State Capitol To Support Mother In Sanctuary

DENVER (CBS4) - People rallied at the Colorado State Capitol building for Ingrid Encalada Latorre, an illegal immigrant from Peru. She claimed sanctuary inside a Boulder church in 2017.

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Among the supporters was Jeanette Vizguerra who also spent months in sanctuary in a church in Denver. Vizguerra was named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2017.

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Vizguerra and others are asking Gov. John Hickenlooper to pardon Encalada who faces deportation for buying a stolen social security number.

Latorre entered the U.S. in 2000 and has two young U.S.-born children. She was convicted in 2010 of possessing falsified or stolen identification papers.

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"She paid for that, and then she became a community leader, and so what we're asking him (Hickenlooper) now is show her the mercy and justice of granting her a pardon which won't give her immigration status, but will allow her a second chance at asking for that status," said Jennifer Piper, a spokeswoman for American Friends Service Committee.

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