Classmates and friends protest North Miami High valedictorian’s deportation order (Video)
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 chanting “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 walked out of the school holding her hand following the protest.
“Over my dead body will this child be deported,” Carvalho said. “There are some things worth fighting for, I will take on anyone who stands in her way.”
“I just want to go to college and be a heart surgeon, live the American dream I know I deserve,” Pelaez said.
Pelaez has applied to Yale, Dartmouth and other colleges, but says Yale is her top choice.
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