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This Undocumented Mom Won’t Be There When Her Kids Get Home

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Immigrants' rights activist Jeanette Vizguerra, who is undocumented, has to check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents this morning. Such check-ins are routine. But today is different. The stay on her deportation order expired last week. It means she's likely exhausted all avenues to ward off separation from her American-born children.

The following is an excerpt from Donie O'Sullivan | February 15, 2017 | CNN.com |

Denver (CNN)Like parents around the country, Jeanette Vizguerra kissed her kids last night and sent them to bed. She didn't know if she'd be there when they got home from school today.

Vizguerra is an undocumented immigrant. She was due to check in Wednesday with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Such check-ins are routine. But this one was different. The stay on her deportation order expired last week. It means she'd likely have exhausted all avenues to ward off separation from her American-born children, the youngest of whom is just 6.

The detention and deportation last week of another mother, Guadalupe García de Rayos in Arizona, scared Vizguerra's children. They were anxious -- and so was she.

"My intuition," she told CNN the night before her hearing, "is it's a bad day."

All come to look for America

Vizguerra lives in Denver with her husband and three youngest kids -- Luna, 12, Roberto, 10, and Zury, 6. They were all born in the US.

Her eldest, Tania, also lives in Denver and has children of her own. She described Vizguerra as the "backbone" of the family.

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