Illegal immigrant leaves Denver church sanctuary after nine months

posted at 7:21 pm on July 21, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

Here’s a heartwarming story for you. A guy gets stuck in a basement for the better part of a year but finally gets out.

It’s a pity we couldn’t just stop right there because I could use some good news about now. Sadly, this isn’t the case at all. Out in Denver, Arturo Hernandez Garcia had been holed up in the basement of the First Unitarian Society for the past nine months because he claimed sanctuary in the church. He had a deportation order hanging over his head following the discovery of the fact that he was in the country illegally when he was arrested at his workplace last year. So how did Mr. Garcia manage it? Did he finish his naturalization process? Did he qualify for some new form of visa allowing him to stay on legally?

Nope. The feds basically just gave up. (From the Denver Post.)

The 41-year-old Mexican national, who for the last nine months has been living in the basement of a Denver church to avoid deportation, received a letter from immigration officials telling him he is no longer an enforcement priority.

“This is a partial victory in my case,” Garcia, who claimed sanctuary in October at the First Unitarian Society near Cheesman Park, said Tuesday.

“It’s not over,” he added, saying that he looks forward to sleeping in his own bed at his family’s Thornton home.

His first order of business outside of the sanctuary was a walk around the block with his wife and two daughters.

The rest of his family is here legally and they – along with a group of activists – have been petitioning the government to get off his back for months now. Amazingly, as the story is told, they actually listened and sent him a letter saying he was “no longer a priority.”

Garcia entered the country on a tourist visa and never left. There seem to be howls of protest on the left about this guy for a few reasons. One of these is that when he was arrested at his job site, the charges were later dropped and he was found innocent of the allegations. Fair enough. So we don’t lock him up for that offense. But what his supporters seem to fail to realize is that even if he is not guilty of whatever petty crime he was originally accused of, he was still guilty of being in the country illegally every single day that he remained here once his visa expired. That’s still a crime even if he’s “not a priority” for Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

But that doesn’t matter in the brave new world we inhabit now, particularly if you can make yourself into some sort of celebrity. Mr. Garcia may be moving into the protected, while still completely illegal status of Jose Antonio Vargas. One of the most famous illegal aliens in the country, the man is still breaking the law each and every day, yet somehow was moderating a panel at Netroots Nations this month. And that’s that same guy that we already caught once in Texas last summer, but he was released and apparently no further action has been taken.

Why should people like Arturo Garcia pay any attention to the law when they have examples like Vargas to follow? As far as they are concerned the laws are a joke and they don’t have much to worry about provided they can attract the attention of a few television cameras. And apparently they are correct.


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We need a Glamor Shot™ of this guy, so we peons know how to think about his unfortunate plight in the correct way.

Dolce Far Niente on July 21, 2015 at 7:23 PM

A guy gets stuck in a basement for the better part of a year but finally gets out.

I thought this was going to be about some of our trolls. It’s too bad, they could use some sunshine. And a bath.

faraway on July 21, 2015 at 7:26 PM

I’m sure his deportation stopped being a federal priority the moment he registered to vote.

Rix on July 21, 2015 at 7:27 PM

Why should people like Arturo Garcia pay any attention to the law when they have examples like Vargas to follow?

Why should any of us pay any attention to the law when our ruling class doesn’t for themselves or for illegal aliens?

rbj on July 21, 2015 at 7:28 PM

Unitarians . What did you expect? They’ll certainly be unfamiliar with the concept of personal responsibility so it wouldn’t have rubbed off on Arturo.

Cleombrotus on July 21, 2015 at 7:35 PM

Why should any of us pay any attention to the law when our ruling class doesn’t for themselves or for illegal aliens?

rbj on July 21, 2015 at 7:28 PM

My sentiments exactly. Any chickenshit rules, regs, fees I can avoid I do.

arnold ziffel on July 21, 2015 at 7:40 PM

Whoa! Time to celebrate, get drunk and run over whitey.

vnvet on July 21, 2015 at 7:41 PM

They should have entered the Church and arrested him like any other criminal.

sharrukin on July 21, 2015 at 7:41 PM

Do we know where he is going? I’ll bet I can guess: https://youtu.be/mJ_WG3d3GL8

Joseph K on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

Jazz, I’ve been monitoring your posts for awhile now…and I have to report that over 80% of your posts are bashing blacks or latinos in some manner, that’s a worrisome trend

nonpartisan on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

They should have entered the Church and arrested him like any other criminal.

sharrukin on July 21, 2015 at 7:41 PM

Was this article about gay weddings?

faraway on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

So …. The First Amendment protects those who blatantly abet criminals, but not those who don’t want to participate in a gay “marriage?” Yeah. Just vote ¡Jeb! and he’ll fix everything.

besser tot als rot on July 21, 2015 at 7:52 PM

Jul 21, 2015 at 7:44 pm nonpartisan
Jazz, I’ve been monitoring your posts for awhile now…and I have to report that over 80% of your posts are bashing blacks or latinos in some manner, that’s a worrisome trend

Well, your posts are 100% idiotic, so he’s got one up on you.

besser tot als rot on July 21, 2015 at 7:54 PM

Was this article about gay weddings?

faraway on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

Wut?

sharrukin on July 21, 2015 at 7:55 PM

why should any church in the western world give sanctuary? The only countries where people need sanctuary from the government are countries that wouldn’t honor such a convention anyway. Tax exempt status while they harbor criminals.

HugoDrax on July 21, 2015 at 7:58 PM

Shoot, Ready, Aim

Goodie on July 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM

HugoDrax on July 21, 2015 at 7:58 PM

The Unitarians only ‘god’ is leftism.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2015 at 8:01 PM

Jazz, I’ve been monitoring your posts for awhile now…and I have to report that over 80% of your posts are bashing blacks or latinos in some manner, that’s a worrisome trend

nonpartisan on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

Covering the illegal immigration beat is worrisome?

Wishing the problem away won’t solve it, and demanding people don’t talk about it won’t make it not exist.

Jeff Weimer on July 21, 2015 at 8:01 PM

The Unitarians only ‘god’ is leftism.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2015 at 8:01 PM

all churches have the same policy and would do the same thing.

HugoDrax on July 21, 2015 at 8:02 PM

Shoot, Ready, Aim

Goodie on July 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM

That was my thought as well.
As soon as that …illegal left the building-the authorities should’ve taken him out.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2015 at 8:03 PM

Yeah right. Jazz is an equal opportunity basher. Blacks and latinos bring it upon themselves. The truth is a bitter pill to swallow, you idiot!!!

Indiana Jim on July 21, 2015 at 8:05 PM

HugoDrax on July 21, 2015 at 8:02 PM

Mine wouldn’t.
They’d lose the majority of their membership.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 21, 2015 at 8:06 PM

at least he isn’t a muslim…..thats something anyway

clandestine on July 21, 2015 at 8:07 PM

nonpartisan on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

Oh, we have a little hall monitor. How quaint.

Can’t handle the truth, huh?

Barred on July 21, 2015 at 8:12 PM

Jazz, I’ve been monitoring your posts for awhile now…and I have to report that over 80% of your posts are bashing blacks or latinos in some manner, that’s a worrisome trend

nonpartisan on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

Show your work.

RickB on July 21, 2015 at 8:18 PM

Nonpartisan was in a basement for nine months. Hes got permanently orange fingers from the cheetos, karple-tunnel syndrome from his keyboard, and owes his mom nine months back rent to prove it..

Indiana Jim on July 21, 2015 at 8:24 PM

Hernandez Garcia had been holed up in the basement of the First Unitarian

Unitarians – the Detroit of Protestantism

Norwegian on July 21, 2015 at 8:33 PM

nice how racistpartisan assumes all illegal immigrants are latino.

dmacleo on July 21, 2015 at 8:39 PM

nonpartisan on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

Oh, we have a little hall monitor. How quaint.

Can’t handle the truth, huh?

Barred on July 21, 2015 at 8:12 PM

“Nonpartisan” is a despicable lefty troll, done this before. The goal is a to have a chilling effect on Jazz. Typical Media Matters type strategy, but of course total bullsh!t.

Norwegian on July 21, 2015 at 8:40 PM

Watch some of the Senate hearing heartbreaking testimony of survivors who lost loved ones at the hands of illegal aliens and the protection of sanctuary cities. Mrs. Wilkerson’s is especially effective because she strays from prepared remarks to speak to the issue from the heart.
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/07/senate-hearing-highlights-problem-of-illegal-immigrant-crime.php

onlineanalyst on July 21, 2015 at 8:44 PM

“Over 80% of your posts”??? Ha ha! Why dont you just pick a number= 81%? 85%? 89%?….idiot!!

Indiana Jim on July 21, 2015 at 8:47 PM

Jazz, I’ve been monitoring your posts for awhile now…and I have to report that over 80% of your posts are bashing blacks or latinos in some manner, that’s a worrisome trend

nonpartisan on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

Percentage of Federal Prison inmates: blacks 39%, Hispanics 34%, whites 26%. Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons.

bw222 on July 21, 2015 at 9:12 PM

Well, he hasn’t murdered or raped anybody, so that’s in his favor.

PattyJ on July 21, 2015 at 9:37 PM

Show me a church that makes it a policy to harbor fugitives and I’ll show you a church I’d never set foot in – much less support financially – ever..

celt on July 21, 2015 at 9:45 PM

We need a Glamor Shot™ of this guy, so we peons know how to think about his unfortunate plight in the correct way.

Dolce Far Niente on July 21, 2015 at 7:23 PM

Rolling Stone is on it!

virgo on July 21, 2015 at 9:51 PM

Well, he hasn’t murdered or raped anybody, so that’s in his favor.

PattyJ on July 21, 2015 at 9:37 PM

Since he’s undocumented, we don’t really know that.

virgo on July 21, 2015 at 9:52 PM

Jazz, I’ve been monitoring your posts for awhile now…and I have to report that over 80% of your posts are bashing blacks or latinos in some manner, that’s a worrisome trend

nonpartisan on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

It’s great that you are there to monitor! I was almost turning into a racist, bigot and homophobe until I read your post. Thanks for saving us from ourselves.

virgo on July 21, 2015 at 9:56 PM

Well, he hasn’t murdered or raped anybody, so that’s in his favor.

PattyJ on July 21, 2015 at 9:37 PM

Since he’s undocumented, we don’t really know that.

virgo on July 21, 2015 at 9:52 PM

Well he was arrested for assault.

sharrukin on July 21, 2015 at 9:58 PM

But what his supporters seem to fail to realize is that even if he is not guilty of whatever petty crime he was originally accused of, he was still guilty of being in the country illegally every single day that he remained here once his visa expired.

NO, Alfa Turd Jebbie Pooh says it was “LOVE”, doncha know?

/S

RL on July 21, 2015 at 10:11 PM

a worrisome trend

nonpartisan on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

we haven’t had to monitor you!…you’re 100% assh*ole…all of the time!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 21, 2015 at 10:42 PM

Jazz, I’ve been monitoring your posts for awhile now…and I have to report that over 80% of your posts are bashing blacks or latinos in some manner, that’s a worrisome trend

nonpartisan on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

But there’s just so much that’s worth bashing in both groups – like the way they kill each other. So…what’s the problem?

Solaratov on July 21, 2015 at 10:48 PM

I am in Denver. Perhaps I’ll go do a citizens arrest.

txag92 on July 22, 2015 at 12:19 AM

Well he was arrested for assault.

sharrukin on July 21, 2015 at 9:58 PM

OK, well, he’s doing the assault that Americans won’t do.

I expect he was just seeking a better life and wanted to get “out of the shadows” and pay his taxes. (oh, yes, and vote for Republicans). /just kidding

virgo on July 22, 2015 at 12:52 AM

How did he leave it? Better than it was when he got there? I doubt it…

Indiana Jim on July 22, 2015 at 2:45 AM

Jazz, I’ve been monitoring your posts for awhile now…and I have to report that over 80% of your posts are bashing blacks or latinos in some manner, that’s a worrisome trend

nonpartisan on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

So stating the obvious is bashing now? Only in a liberal mind would pointing out the hypocrisy and double standard that the Left chooses to engage be called ‘bashing’.

What about the LSM total media blackout on more whites being killed by cops than blacks. Don’t hear you up in arms about that.

Patriot Vet on July 22, 2015 at 7:31 AM

Jazz, I’ve been monitoring your posts for awhile now…and I have to report that over 80% of your posts are bashing blacks or latinos wrongthink in some manner, that’s a worrisome trend

nonpartisan on July 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

S. D. on July 22, 2015 at 7:55 AM

Why can’t a citizen (or group thereof, sometimes known as a posse) simply go and nab this guy and take him out of the country? Why must we rely upon federal officers to execute what is really a citizen’s duty?

GWB on July 22, 2015 at 10:22 AM

nonpareil, I’ve been monitoring your comments for awhile now…and I have to report that over 95% of your comments are stupid and not supported by any sort of reality when they aren’t out-and-out lies, that’s a worrisome trend

GWB on July 22, 2015 at 10:26 AM

He’ll do the sanctuary city tour. Next stop: San Francisco!

Decoski on July 22, 2015 at 10:53 AM