Phoenix woman who took a stand at White House speaks out

Phoenix woman who took a stand at White House speaks out

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PHOENIX -

Protesters demanding action on immigration reform took their message to President Obama's door step this week. They chained themselves to the White House fence.

These Arizonans say the time for action on immigration reform is now.

Those protesters were arrested and processed but then released. The Phoenix woman who was among those who chained themselves is back in town and she spoke to FOX 10.

Seven immigrant activists were arrested just a day after President Obama said in an interview that he would not stop deporting undocumented parents.

Chained to the White House gates, seven undocumented immigrants were all arrested while calling on President Obama to stop deportations. Maria Cruz Ramirez of Arizona was among those arrested.

"This life is about fighting, fighting and fighting and as long as God allows me to go forward I'm going to continue doing it."

Ramirez, now back in her Phoenix home, says her fight for a better life started 12 years ago. That's when she legally entered the U.S.

But Ramirez overstayed her visa. She says she had no plans then to throw herself in the middle of the national immigration debate -- a debate in which some argue, before anyone like Ramirez is given a chance for legalization, more border security is necessary.

But for Ramirez her reasons for staying and protesting are simple. She says she does it for her three children.

"It's difficult to live separate from my family and imagine, I separated from my parents and I won't see them again and if I separate from my kids, it's a pain I don't wish upon anyone else."

Her children are also undocumented and Ramirez says everyday she worries about what will happen next. We asked her if protesting is worth risking her deportation.

"I've seen families together again and that's my payment, to have that happiness that one day we can be a complete family."

Immigrant activists say President Obama has deported more people than in any other administration. In 2012 nearly half a million people were deported, among the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country.

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