With Congress back from spring break, immigration reform is at the top of its agenda.
In Charlotte, many people are waiting on the decision, including one couple that hopes a decision is made before their family is torn apart.
As Enrique and Shannon Gomez walked into immigration court, they got the news they feared the most.
"I didn't ever want this day to come," said Shannon Gomez.
A judge ruled Enrique will have to be deported to Mexico on July 30.
"It's hard. I don't want to leave my children," Enrique said.
The father of four moved the U.S. illegally seven years ago from Mexico. Even though he married a U.S. citizen, he's not eligible to apply for relief until he's been here for 10 years.
On top of that, Gomez was detained by ICE after he was accused of assault on a female in June 2011.
Eyewitness News obtained FBI records showing the misdemeanor charges were dismissed, but despite that, a judge still ruled he had to go.
With immigration reform up for debate, the Latin American Coalition and Families Unidas in Charlotte have been rallying for immigrant rights. Just last week, Eyewitness News was there when the group helped Nicolas Antonio dodge deportation by getting his case continued. If all goes as planned, his case could be closed before his next court hearing. It's a legal term known as prosecutorial discretion.
“Prosecutorial discretion is basically like deferred action," said Armando Bellmas with the Latin American Coalition.
After learning about Antonio's case, the Gomezes reached out to Families Unidas. While the group can't promise to help the couple or get his case closed, it can continue to do what it's already doing by helping raise awareness about the issue. Once a case is closed, it doesn't guarantee citizenship, which is why the main hope for Gomez and other people in his shoes is immigration reform.
"Now our only hope is that a reform happens before he has to leave this country," Shannon said.
If there's no decision by July 30, Gomez will have to return to Mexico and apply for a visa. That process could take three to 10 years.