Rosario Reyes says las pandillas, or gangs, always lingered in her neighborhood in El Salvador, but she became even more afraid after her brother-in-law was assassinated in a shooting on his way home from work. Gang members shot him 12 times during a robbery.
She feared for her life, her husband Ramon, and their two young children, Ricardo and Jose. Although her brother-in-law was not a gang member, the family began to receive threats.
The Reyes then decided to move to a place where they could find safety.
Ramon left El Salvador in 2002 and a year later, Rosario Reyes began the difficult journey to meet him in Maryland. This path included days of traveling until she crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.
"My husband and I, we were afraid. We wanted to get away from the criminality," she said.
Rosario Reyes and her family are among the 4 million undocumented immigrants who could be allowed to live and work legally in the United States without the constant fear of deportation.
A decision could come this week if the U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of President Barack Obama's immigration actions in the landmark case United States v. Texas.
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