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Local Clergy & Faith Leaders Call on ICE to Stop the Deportation of Colorado Father of Four

Human Dignity & Just Immigration Reform

July 29, 2014  |  MEDIA ADVISORY

Local Clergy & Faith Leaders Call on ICE to Stop the Deportation of Colorado Father of Four
The Colorado faith community demands dignity for local families, and calls on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to cancel the deportation of family man Victor Hugo Sanchez

WHAT: Faith leaders and people of faith from Together Colorado are making their voices heard in their efforts to stop the deportation of Victor Hugo. On Thursday, July 31, 2014, a letter signed by dozens of local faith leaders will be delivered to Chief Counsel Corina E. Almeida of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Centennial calling for prosecutorial discretion for Victor Hugo. His only violations have been traffic offenses. He has strong ties to Colorado and meets the criteria for prosecutorial discretion. Hundreds of calls and letters are being directed to Ms. Almeida’s office on his behalf. Faith leaders, family and friends will be accompanying him to his final hearing on August 5, 2014. Local faith leaders, people of faith, Victor Hugo, his family and friends are calling on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to help them in their efforts to stop Victor Hugo’s deportation. On Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, there will be Vigil for Human Dignity: metro Denver faith leaders and people of faith will gather at the Federal Courthouse to pray for Victor Hugo, to hear his story, to reflect on the call to respect human dignity that demands an end to the senseless separation of families through the massive deportation of thousands in Colorado and 2 million throughout the US in the past 6 years.

WHY: Together Colorado, a statewide organization of people of faith committed to promoting human dignity throughout Colorado and a local federation of the PICO National Network has launched an effort to stop the deportation of Victor Hugo Sanchez, an aspiring American who came to this country 14 years ago in search of the American dream. The father to four US citizen children will be facing deportation on Tuesday, August 5. The work to prevent Victor Hugo Sanchez’s deportation is part of a national campaign urging the Obama Administration to stop the mass deportation of people of color and calling on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million aspiring Americans—a pathway that would keep Hugo Victor’s family together.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Federal Courthouse, 1961 Stout St., Denver

WHO: Clergy, faith leaders, people of faith, immigrants and allies.

VISUALS: Faith leaders in vestments, holding signs, praying, chants and testimonials.

PICO’s Deportation Prevention Team has successfully advocated for 17 aspiring Americans to keep them united with their families. Through targeted public actions by PICO Catalino Guerrero in New Jersey, Jaiderman Diaz de Leon in California, Omar Victoriano-German of Louisiana, Julio Tellez of Ohio, Blanca Solis of New Mexico, among others have been released from immigration detention back to their families.

“Victor Hugo Sanchez is just one of thousands of law-abiding people who came to the United States to find a better life for their families and who should be given a chance to earn the right to become citizens,” said Richard Morales, the coordinator of deportation prevention for PICO National Network. “We ask people of faith from across Colorado and the nation to help us keep Victor Hugo in Colorado with his family as we continue to push Congress to create a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million aspiring Americans who are our family, friends and faith community.”


Together Colorado was founded in 1979 (as Metro Organizations for People) with the mission of empowering people to strengthen and transform their communities through community organizing. Comprised of over 60 member congregations, schools, clergy and faith leaders from Pueblo to Fort Collins, we are building a state-wide non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization. Learn more at

PICO National Network is the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations. PICO and its federations are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. PICO urges people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at