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Miami Valedictorian Gets Support In Fight Against Deportation

• Bill Chappell
  federal judge's decision to deport a high school valedictorian who has lived in the United States since she was 4 has sparked her Miami community to rally around her. And now student Daniela Pelaez, 18, also seems to have won a hint of support from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
On Monday, Pelaez and her sister, Dayana, were ordered by a federal immigration judge to leave the country by March 28. Their mother, with whom they'd been living since their parents' divorce, was refused entry back into the United States after visiting her native Colombia in 2008. Since then, the girls have been living with their father; their brother serves in the U.S. Army.
The Pelaez's lawyer has said they will appeal the judge's ruling. And in the meantime, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman says the agency will not rush to take action in her case.

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