For many immigrants who come to the Los Angeles area, they do so in search of a better life for themselves and their family. Oftentimes, the countries they come from are riddled with violence or lack opportunities for growth and development. Parents living in these countries want a better life for their children, so they bring them here.

This is why a mother of four came to the United States in 2009 without any immigration paperwork. She says that her hometown of Monterrey, Mexico was not a safe place to raise children. At one point, her brother was kidnapped, and it was not uncommon to hear of murders nearby and gangs robbing entire busloads of people.

She and her husband decided to come to the United States with their children in hopes of providing a better life for them. The woman was stopped for speeding one day and taken to jail on an immigration hold. Immigration officials gave her 30 days to buy a bus ticket back to Mexico. The woman has since worked tirelessly to stay in the country and avoid deportation. She was granted prosecutorial discretion after ICE reviewed her case. The agency said it did so because they are more interested in deporting those who have been convicted of a crime or those who have final deportation orders.

If you or a loved one has been threatened with deportation, you may wish to speak with an immigration attorney. Doing so may enable you to stay in the country.

Source: USA Today, “Mexican immigrant fought deportation and won,” Heidi Hall, Oct. 31, 2013