Paulina Krynska left Poland when she was 11 years old. Eight years later, she is fighting not to go back.
Krynska, 19, lives in Monroe. She came to the United States to live with her parents, but immigration officials said she has been here illegally since 2006, according to the Connecticut Post.
Krynska recently signed a voluntary departure letter from the Department of Homeland Security, which says she agrees to leave the country by Dec. 16.
"Mostly, I was just sad," Krynska told the paper. "I wanted to cry."
Friends of Paulina and her family are now reaching out to government officials to help appeal her case. Krynska's parents will also have to fight to stay in the United States. They have a deportation hearing scheduled for next May.