Students Protest Valedictorian's Deportation Order

A high school valedictorian in Miami has been ordered by a federal immigration judge to leave the country.

Daniela Pelaez is planning on appealing the judge's order. She came to the United States from Colombia with her family when she was 4. She considers herself American and has applied to several Ivy League universities with the dream of becoming a heart surgeon.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman says the agency will not take any action against Pelaez while she pursues her legal options.

More than 2,000 students protested outside North Miami High School on Friday.


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  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 3, 2012 at 01:02 PM
    Why hasn't the President's uncle been deported yet?
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      by Ha! on Mar 3, 2012 at 03:50 PM in reply to Citizen
      Now THERE'S a good question. Maybe Lavon can answer that one.
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Mar 3, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    round up and deport the illegals protesting!
  • by Pete Location: Grifton on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:12 AM
    To news flash I am part Indian.so DUH! HUH!
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      by Cherokee? on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:16 PM in reply to Pete
      I'm going to guess your greatgreatgrandmother was a Cherokee princess?
  • by shonuff on Mar 3, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    While they are rounding her up and getting her paper work ready to send her back to her homeland, they should round up half of Miami and send them back with her, before they eat up more of my tax money. She may very well put a legal citizens out of a spot in a top school, based on the fact that she is a minority. You can't pick and choose who stays and who goes. Illegal is illegal, period. Treat them all the same. Tired of paying illegals way when my own go without. Enough
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      by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2012 at 09:05 AM in reply to shonuff
      Amen!!!! Our country is financially strapped partly because of supporting illegal people who do not pay into the system. If we were to flood Mexico, they would run us out immediately. It seems to be a double standard. What gets me is that we allow the Mexicans to flood into our country but we will send other nationalities back before they barely even touch the soil. Why are the Mexicans allowed in and others are not? This government needs to wise up before it is too late. Stop paying for those who are not paying in to the system. When you cut off their resources, they will go home. As long as they get government help without proving citizenship, they are NOT going to go back. Why would they want to?
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        by m on Mar 3, 2012 at 10:29 AM in reply to
        Yeah are you calling for an invasion. I am ready...
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        by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 05:59 PM in reply to
        Our country is financially strapped because our own people think they are entitled to the government (which really means those of us who work for a living) paying their food, rent, utilities, car, entertainment, medical, childcare, etc...
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 3, 2012 at 06:20 AM
    This is a very unfortunate situation, but if we bend the law for one, then everyone will think he/she can get away with it. Since she's such a bright young lady, maybe her road to citizenship can be expedited and all of her college education can be covered by private scholarships. However, I honestly don't think illegal immigration will ever completely end (as unfortunate as this might be with the country in hard times).
  • by AA on Mar 3, 2012 at 05:29 AM
    What about all those Africans that were brought over here in the slave trade 200 years ago? Aren't they illegal, too?
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      by Dar on Mar 3, 2012 at 06:44 AM in reply to AA
      WOW!! Have you ever been to school in this country?
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        by AA on Mar 3, 2012 at 09:20 AM in reply to Dar
        It was a joke, Dar!...maybe you should go by the handle "Doh" instead?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2012 at 06:56 AM in reply to AA
      What's your point? They're all dead.
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      by Anon on Mar 3, 2012 at 06:57 AM in reply to AA
      Blame the yankees, they owned all the ships. Blame the portugese, they sailed the ships and bought them on the beach. By the way, they are all dead now.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2012 at 08:45 AM in reply to AA
      good point, can we send those back?
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        by BBTAM on Mar 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM in reply to
        Who will vote in on this one....
  • by Bill Location: ENC on Mar 3, 2012 at 04:40 AM
    Isn't there some way to become a "Legal" Citizen ? If so, then do it.
  • by chill Location: enc on Mar 3, 2012 at 04:26 AM
    Let the girl stay and deport her parents . We need to start to charge everyone that come to the America a lump sum if they want free food and health care . I pay taxes and find it hard to make ends meet.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2012 at 09:06 AM in reply to chill
      Amen!!
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      by ralphie on Mar 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM in reply to chill
      OK three billion to remain here, alive..Other wise, they will remain here.
  • by Mike on Mar 3, 2012 at 03:54 AM
    What part of ILLEGAL don't you understand?? And in this case why would you want to deprive backwards third-world countries of their "brain trust"?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2012 at 02:43 AM
    Been here since age 4 and is not a citizen yet? Says she's an American? Yeah ok.
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      by Chris on Mar 3, 2012 at 05:40 AM in reply to
      For real. The valedictorian didn't know they weren't a citizen and/or didn't make any arrangements in, let's say,FOURTEEN YEARS to become a citizen? Sounds like your valedictorian is not the brightest.
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