Piedmont, North Carolina, resident Juana Ortega has lived in the United States for more than 20 years since escaping violence in Guatemala and receiving asylum status.
Ortega married a U.S. citizen and now has two children and grandchildren who are citizens, WGHP reported.
Ortega said she had to leave suddenly when her daughter back in Guatemala got deathly ill. She didn't have time to wait weeks for permission to leave and her asylum was revoked.
Ortega came back to the United States illegally, raised a family and checked in with immigration officials every year and they allowed her to stay.
Last month Ortega was told she would not be allowed to stay and is getting deported.
Unless immigration gives her another temporary stay, she will have to leave her family at the end of the month.
Ortega was scheduled for a hearing with immigration officials Friday.