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CAFÉ to hold player vigil for woman facing deportation

New Mexico Comunidades en Accion y de Fé will hold a prayer vigil tonight at 6 p.m. at Holy Cross Retreat Center to demand that an Alamogordo woman be granted a stay of removal from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Martha Lorena Rivera has lived in Alamogordo since 2002. The self-employed mother of three has an 8-year-old daughter born in the United States, a 22-year-old daughter who is a DACA recipient, and a 25-year-old son who recently became a U.S. citizen. Since 2011, Rivera and her attorney have obtained a stay of removal, which is a temporary postponement preventing the Department of Homeland Security from executing a removal order. In this case, the stay provides relief to remain with and care for her children. At her annual meeting with ICE to renew the stay of removal in October, it was denied without explanation. Rivera was allowed to return to her 8-year-old wearing an ankle monitor to make arrangements. A longtime parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Alamogordo, Rivera sought refuge at the Franciscan—run Holy Cross Retreat Center on October 15, one day before her scheduled deportation. The prayer vigil begins tonight at 6 p.m. at 600 Holy Cross Road. An ICE representative said they cannot comment on ongoing cases.