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CHARLOTTE -

Two Charlotte women are hoping to change the U.S. immigration laws but their efforts won't come without obstacles.

The women, Lacey Williams and Leisha Acosta, were arrested this month in Washington, D.C. outside the Capitol after blocking an intersection in an attempt to reignite immigration reform in Congress. They were joined by 115 other women in D.C., 22 of them were illegal immigrants.

“I wasn’t scared for me because I knew I would be out,” Acosta said. “But I was scared for the other 22 women that were undocumented.”

After marching in the streets singing and then sitting to block an intersection, all 115 women were arrested and taken into custody where they were held for seven hours and then released with a $50 fine.

“This is not an issue that can sort of (be) kicked down the road,” Williams said. “On a daily basis families are torn apart by arbitrarily enforced immigration laws.”

Acosta's family was one of those torn apart. She is a U.S. citizen, but her husband is not. Immigration laws do not protect those married to a U.S. citizen so when her husband Holman Acosta was pulled over at a traffic stop in June, he was arrested.

The day after her civil disobedience arrest, nearly three months after Holman Acosta was taken to jail, he was released and came home.

But Leisha Acosta says she still feels authorities could take her husband away at any time.

“I don’t want to go to sleep. I’m scared,” Leisha Acosta said of thought of not having her husband. “What if I open my eyes, you’re not here and I have to live this whole hell?”

The D.C. protest was the largest number of undocumented immigrant women ever willing to submit to arrest.

“The point that my husband was detained and he’s my soul mate... gave me courage," she said. "This is what I’m doing for him.”


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