When her husband was arrested crossing the border for the second time, Maria Ines Ayala said that was the end. He’d previously spent a year in immigration jail and if he got caught again he would face even stiffer penalties. So he left Ayala and three children in New Bedford and stayed in El Salvador, where he met another woman. That was in 2006. The next year, Ayala was arrested during the raid of the Bianco factory along with 360 undocumented workers. Of that group, some were deported and others received legal status — more than six years later, Ayala is among the few who continue in limbo. "It’s the will of God, but we hope for a day when this nightmare ends," she said. Ayala, 48, was one of three women who appeared at an event Wednesday at Vida Abundante United Methodist Church on Union Street, part of a "week of action" organized by local groups to call for immigration reform and an end to deportations.

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