Seattle’s Most Influential People 2018: Immigration Activist Maru Mora Villalpando

Even as she fights for her life in the U.S., Maru Mora Villalpando has not curtailed her activism one bit
Maru Mora Villalpando photographed at the Federal Detention Center SeaTac

This article appears in print in the November 2018 issue, as part of the Most Influential People of the Year feature. Click here to subscribe.

After years of leading high-profile protests to defend immigrants in the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, undocumented activist Maru Mora Villalpando got the knock on the door she always feared: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel ordering her to appear in immigration court. Mora Villalpando called it retaliation for her activism, ICE called it business as usual. After months of court hearings, in June, Mora Villalpando received a continuation of her case until January 2019, at which time she can apply for a green card. Even as she fights for her life in the U.S., Mora Villalpando has not curtailed her activism one bit—you will still find her on the front lines, fighting for other immigrants.


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