It's an issue that has strong support from both sides but activists came together asking Congress to pass an immigration reform bill that includes a path to earning citizenship.
While many support the idea several others disagree.
The government shut down has put a number of bills on hold including reforming one that is deporting family members by the day.
"There's members of our movement who started with us years ago that are no longer here. There's members of this movement that were with us as recently as two weeks ago that are no longer here,"
Mareya Reith with the Arkansas United Community Coalition helped organize the "National Day of Dignity and Respect for Immigration Reform."
"When you hear stories of families getting separated, really it makes me want to say, not in my Arkansas, not in my United States," Reith said.
Families like Beatriz Salas, who's husband, and father of four could be given a letter with his deportation date at anytime.
"Every time we see the mail, we're scared to get that letter," she said.
Eleven-hundred people are deported from the US everyday. While many agree with those actions several activists are asking to be able to earn citizenship in the reformed bill.
"Especially when these people that aren't any sort of threat or danger to our community and actually are economically contributing and putting more into our tax base than taking out," Reith said.
"He does the taxes too. Every year since he worked. He started working at 16 years old," Salas said.
Still, many don't want to see 11-million undocumented people in the US but they will continue fighting to keep their families together.
"We want to stop this. We want to get the immigration reform," Salas