WATCH: An Emotional Plea From Mother and Daughter Separated by Deportation

Since 2009, nearly two million have been deported from the United States. 

On Friday, The Huffington Post puts faces to the numbers, interviewing activist Evelyn Rivera and her mother, Yolanda Rivera.

Seven years ago, Yolanda Rivera and her family were separated when she was deported back to Colombia over a minor traffic infraction. 

Yolanda Rivera and her daughter participated in a project this past summer called Operation Butterfly, and were briefly reunited on the U.S./Mexican border. Yolanda travelled from Colombia to Nogales, Mexico, and Evelyn travelled from Florida to Nogales, Arizona. For twelve hours, the two enjoyed each other's company.. but remained separated by a fence.

"I keep fighting for the day when we can be reunited permanently," Evelyn Rivera said. 

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New YorkNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. . You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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