CHICAGO (CBS) — A pair of immigrant mothers trying to keep their families together visited the Thompson Center on Monday, hoping for an audience with Gov. Pat Quinn – or, better yet, a pardon for their husbands.

Olivia Segura said her husband, Alberto, faces deportation after he was caught with $25 worth of cocaine.

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“We hired a private lawyer. The lawyer told us to plead guilty, because that was the easy way to go. When I was in the process of finishing his residency is when I found out that that was the wrong thing,” she said.

Now, to avoid having her husband deported, she is asking Quinn to pardon him.

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Segura said, if her husband is deported, she’ll have to follow him, and exhume the body of her daughter, an Illinois Army National Guard member who was killed driving a military ambulance in Kuwait, so she can bring their daughter’s body with them.

Joining Segura was Julie Contreras, whose husband had a similar background, and turned his life around, but also faces deportation and a family split unless he receives a pardon.

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