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Officials Give Undocumented Valedictorian A 2-Year Reprieve From Deportation

By Amanda Peterson Beadle on March 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm

"Officials Give Undocumented Valedictorian A 2-Year Reprieve From Deportation"

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After being threatened with deportation because they are both undocumented immigrants, Daniela Pelaez, a Miami high school senior who is valedictorian of her class, and her sister, Dayana, will be allowed to stay in the U.S. for two more years, Pelaez’s attorney announced Tuesday. Last week, more than 2,600 students and teachers rallied outside of Daniela’s high school to protest her deportation. Her attorney Nina Shefer said the next step will be to get permanent residency for Daniela, who came to the U.S. from Colombia at age 4. Nestor Yglesias, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, cited “prosecutorial discretion” for the deportation reprieve. The Obama administration signaled last summer that it would be more lenient and allow discretion for cases like Daniela’s.

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