From NBC Miami: Valedictorian Gets Deportation Order and Classmates Fight Back

Mar 2, 2012
7:51 pm

We will venture to guess that stories like these will become more and more commonplace in 21st century America.


Today MSNBC reported a story from NBC Miami chronicling a protest by North Miami high school students who are speaking out against a deportation order served to their classmate, the school's valedictorian. The story reports:

An immigration judge on Monday ordered the deportation of 18-year-old Daniela Pelaez, who was brought illegally to the United States by her parents when she was 4 years old.

Holding signs and shouting "Education not deportation" and "let her stay," the students filed out of their classrooms around 9 a.m. 

Pelaez met with Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who later walked out with her to joining the protest holding her hand. 

"Over my dead body will this child be deported," Carvalho said.


According to the report, Pelaez came from Colombia when she was four, but before she could become an American citizen, her parents divorced. She said to NBC Miami: "I've been asked the question before: 'Do I feel American?' or 'Do I believe I am?'" she said. "And I don't think it's a question. I'm American. I know the national anthem. I know the laws. I know what it is to be an American."