What is it like to wait for action on immigration? Ask an undocumented immigrant

Laura López with her husband and first child on her wedding day.

Laura López with her husband and first child on her wedding day. She was brought to the US when she was 12 and, now 27, has two US-born children. But she is terrified that she will be deported because she is undocumented.

Courtesy of Laura López

Among the things Laura López wants to tell people about being undocumented is one simple fact: It's not easy.

“It takes a toll on people’s lives. Not just materially, you’re drained mentally for all the years that you've been here,” she says. "It's harder than people think, to pack up your bags and leave."