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"Orange Is The New Black" Actress Opens Up About Her Family's Deportation

Diane Guerrero, who plays Maritza on Orange Is The New Black, and Lina on Jane The Virgin grew up on her own after her parents were deported when she was 14.

Posted on November 17, 2014, at 2:31 p.m. ET

The day Diane Guerrero's parents were deported, everything seemed normal. She came home from high school and their cars were in the garage. There was food in the kitchen. But her parents weren't there.

Guerrero's neighbor came over and told her that her parents wouldn't be returning. She was 14.

Guerrero, who plays Maritza on Orange Is The New Black and Lina on Jane The Virgin, opened up to Fusion and CNN about her parent's experience.

Orange Is The New Black / Via Netflix

Guerrero, left, as Martiza from Orange Is The New Black

Deportations have been in the spotlight recently because of the expected immigration action from President Obama, which would protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportations.

Speaking to CNN, Guerrero stressed that our country should work harder to find and create a solution for immigrant families.

She wasn't able to say goodbye to her parents and starting at the age of 14 she had no parental guidance or government support. / Via Austin Hunt

Tearing up, the actress said she only sees her parents once a year. They now live in Colombia.

"It is so difficult for some people to get documented and to become legal, and my parents tried forever," said Guerrero. "And this system didn't offer relief for them. What I'm asking is to create or find a solution for families." / Via Austin Hunt

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.