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North Miami High valedictorian set for deportation continues fight to stay

Published: Mar 5, 2012 9:30 am By: CARLI TEPROFF - MIAMI HERALD

"Over the weekend, 18-year-old Daniela Pelaez continued her effort to fight a deportation order to her native Colombia from an immigration judge.

On Sunday, Pelaez, the valedictorian of her North Miami Senior High class and her attorney Nera Shefer, appeared on Michael Putney’s This Week in South Florida. Pelaez, who has a 6.7 GPA said she was “overwhelmed” by the support.

“I’m just the voice for the thousands that can’t speak,” she told Putney, referring to thousands of other high school students across the country who like her have no proper immigration papers and support passage of the DREAM Act, which would put them on a path to legal status."

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