TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) - A Venezuelan family living in Tampa is hours away from finding out their fate.
The family of four is desperately trying to stay in the United States, given the hostile political situation in Venezuela.
"Returning to Venezuela would be tragic for us," said Jennifer Infante, who is married and has two kids with William Paredes.
The couple fled their hometown of Maracaibo in 2014 and entered the United States with tourist visas. They filed for asylum shortly after, but their request was denied.
"Our lives were in danger," said Infante, who described getting death threats because of her husband's job.
William Paredes said he was a police officer, who led an anti-drug canine unit.
According to Paredes, he was offered bribes to return the confiscated drugs. He said he refused to give in, and as a result, was considered an enemy.
"They have no idea what's going to happen to them," said Paul Palacios, an immigration lawyer representing the family.
The couple's daughter, who is two years old, was born in the United States and is therefore a U.S. citizen.
This complicates the matter, because if the family is deported, she would need a Venezuelan visa in order to enter the country.
Palacios said it is within the realm of possibilities that the little girl be separated from her parents, if they are sent back to Venezuela.
A deportation order was set for Tuesday, but Palacios contacted senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.
The senators' intervention extended the deadline for a few more days.
Palacios said at this point his clients are hoping to get a six month to a one year extension to stay in the United States.
"We have seen in the news all the politicians say that they support the Venezuelan people. Well, this is one way that they could do it," said Palacios.