DOBSON, N.C. -- Patricia Pena-Martinez faces separation from her nine children with the possibility of deportation back to Mexico.
Pena-Martinez has lived in North Carolina for 17 years and currently lives in Dobson. Thursday she prepared for what could be her last Thanksgiving in the United States.
"We can take it like the last day together, or a day with a big hope," Pena-Martinez said.
In January 2012 she was pulled over by police for a broken taillight. When she could not provide identification Pena-Martinez was arrested as an undocumented immigrant and served six months in jail.
Monday she plans to turn herself into U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Charlotte where authorities will determine her status.
Pena-Martinez said for the past two years she has feared what will come next but on Thanksgiving Day planned to enjoy the time she has with her family.
"I'm enjoying living here because it's different when you go to Mexico," Pena-Martinez said. “I feel safe, secure. I feel good here."
The North Carolina Dream Team, a group who advocates for undocumented immigrants, will also be in attendance with Pena-Martinez Monday in Charlotte.