The Latino community rallied behind a mother of three who is facing deportation and separation from her three U.S citizen children. Friends and supporters gathered at the Charlotte Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office.
It's been two years but the memory is still too painful for Angelina Venega: The day when she was driving her kids to get food, a car rear-ended her car and when the police came, they saw her license was expired and arrested her on the spot in front of her children. That left her three children, at the time 5, 7 and 9 on the side of the road with a stranger.
"At the time the police took my mom to jail, we didn't know what to do, so I had to think of something while she was gone," said 11-year-old Daisy.
The children all had neck and back pain from the accident but the police didn’t take the children to get checked out at the hospital.
Angelina was told to sign a form, which was not provided to her in Spanish, so she didn't know until later it was a form that she said she would voluntarily leave the country.
Wednesday afternoon her friends and supporters rallied in front the Charlotte ICE office. They want to stop her deportation.
"She's never committed any crime, she's never done anything against this country, she works, she contributes, she pays taxes," said Armanda Bellmas with the Latin American Coalition.
The Latin American Coalition says Angelina is perfect example of why they need to pass the immigration reform bill for millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.
"Especially in that it provides many of them a path to citizenship so they don't have to live in fear anymore, so their families don't keep getting separated, and so they can contribute to our economy," said Bellmas.
Now 11-years-old, Daisy says she prays they can all stay in the U.S. She's never known Mexico but doesn't want to lose her mother.
"I hope my mom stays here so we have a nice future all being together," said Daisy.
If they don't stop the deportation process and close her case, Angelina has to leave the country by June 27 with or without her children.