For the Relief of Jeanette Vizguerra-Ramirezby Representative Jared Polis
Posted on 2014-01-10
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 10, 2014
Mr. POLIS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to discuss the case of Jeanette
Vizguerra Ramirez. I have introduced a bill on her behalf in an effort
to prevent the senseless destruction of her family in light of her
tremendous contributions to her community and the immigrant rights
movement in Colorado.
Jeanette Vizguerra Ramirez has been in the United States since 1997. She has three young U.S. citizen children, and two citizen grandchildren. She is a devoted mother and grandmother who routinely volunteers with a local elementary school to ensure the success of her children, as well as that of their respective peers. Ms. Vizguerra Ramirez has also established extraordinarily strong ties to Colorado through her tireless work with numerous community organizations. Several news outlets have documented her commitment to improving the lives of members of her community through her volunteerism and advocacy. It is abundantly clear that Ms. Vizguerra Ramirez is a positive influence in her community, and that she does not pose a threat to those around her. Nevertheless, despite her long-term residence, strong family ties, and extensive community contributions to the U.S., Immigration and Customs Enforcement currently seeks to remove her to her country of origin.
We can no longer afford to sit idly by while our limited tax-payer enforcement dollars are [[Page E42]] spent producing such untenable outcomes. While our continued inability to modernize our broken immigration system is bad for businesses, the overall economy and the federal deficit, it is completely devastating to hundreds of thousands of families who suffer the consequences every year.
The U.S. House of Representatives has neglected its responsibility to address our broken immigration system for far too long. Every passing day brings devastating consequences to thousands of families throughout our country. Our current enforcement-centric approach is a relic of another time that needlessly destroys families, and leaves thousands of U.S. citizen children without one or more of their parents. This approach runs contrary to our American system of values.