Don't Deport High School Valedictorian Daniela Pelaez
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Don't Deport High School Valedictorian Daniela Pelaez

Don't Deport High School Valedictorian Daniela Pelaez

    1. Petition by

      Matt Wilcox

      Brookfield, WI

"What I have worked for since I was 4 years old - to live the American dream. And I feel like I earned it," she said.

 

 An immigration judge has ruled two teenage girls, including a Miami high school valedictorian, are to be deported for being in the country illegally.

Daniela Pelaez, 18, and her sister Dayana came to the United States with their parents from Colombia 14 years ago and never left - overstaying their tourist visas.

 

"Can you imagine that? Literally putting a postage stamp on her forehead and send her packing," Michael Wildes, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, said about the case.

"This is completely out of character for our country," he told CNN. "I know the courts and the prosecutor will do right by her."

Pelaez said her attorney will appeal the judge's ruling and the teenager hopes she will get the opportunity to stay in the United States so she can decide in April which college to attend.

-courtesy CNN
http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/02/miami-valedictorian-fighting-deportation/?hpt=hp_t2

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    • Susan Yetter OLATHE, KS
      • over 2 years ago

      I think it is horrible to deport a child who was brought and educated in the United States by no fault of her own. I believe every child who has received a minimum of 80 percent of their education in U.S. schools and proves to be a viable asset to the future of this country should be granted automatic citizenship. As a teacher, I tell my students (at least 45 percent are ELL/ESL/ESOL) if you study, make good grades and listen to your teachers, you have the potential of becoming anything you want in life. As a bilingual individual, the world is truly yours for the taking, just apply yourself! The U.S. government makes me and every other teacher out to be liars…..and we love ALL our students and want the best for them.

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    • Sharalaina Piro-Rael LOS LUNAS, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe that people who have lived in this country a long time, made a life for themselves, and are being good citizens shouldn't be deported. Especially to a country they may not even remember. How about we focus on cleaning up meth labs and other such atrocities instead of attacking innocent people who have successfully assimilated into our society?

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    • Deborah Davis NAALEHU, HI
      • over 2 years ago

      This young woman is the kind of person who should be allowed to obtain US citizenship and remain in the US. I too am a naturalized citizen who was born to an American father overseas. I know the hazzles. Call or write Congressman Rivera and President Obama immediately and stop this.

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    • Kayla Roush ELIZABETHTOWN, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      This girl has such a bright future ahead of her!! Let her stay and make this country a better place!

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      • over 2 years ago

      It would be to deport America's brightest. She's a valedictorian, has this country forgotten how it started?

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