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HS valedictorian Daniela Pelaez fights to be an American girl

She’s first in her class, landed a spot in the Ivy League and…is being kicked outta the country? What’s wrong with this picture…
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I don't think she should be able to slide through the law. It's great that she's valedictorian and got a 5 on her AP US history test, but think of how many people out there who did the same. Every high school out there has at least one valedictorian. There are even more people out there who got a five on their AP US History test. Although she had achieved a lot in the US, she is just one of the many smart students out there. Maybe when she gets back to Columbia, she can apply to become a legal US citizen. Many people are able to do so, so there's no reason for a smart girl like herself to not be able to do the same.

by Stargirlcandy3 on 5/27/2012 7:11:29 PM


Not "Undocumented", she is ILLEGAL. Please use the correct term.

by lockette21 on 5/27/2012 6:28:01 PM


I'm kind of torn. Sure she deserves to stay in America, but the immigration laws were made for a reason. The government's so stubborn because it's hard to just make exceptions for certain smart people.

by jster on 5/27/2012 6:11:30 PM


I think her parents should have become americans the right way, and not illigally. It's not her fault, its her parents. They made a bad desicion thats now effecting her.

by suchablonde98 on 5/27/2012 5:45:39 PM


@natalieisyourmod she isn't from Mexico and if you actually read the story you would know that. She came in the United States when she was 4. She had no idea if it was illegal or not, or how to make it legal. Give some people a chance

by laxchickie19 on 5/27/2012 12:27:48 PM


I admire what this girl is doing. And our country is "the land of opportunity" where people come here to achieve their dreams. She's getting kicked out because she wasn't born here? At least she shows her loyalty to her country , she's a great student, she got a full ride to college, and she may even pay back many people someday when she becomes a heart surgeon!

by michipie205 on 5/27/2012 11:19:01 AM


I agree with natalieisyourmod Illegal actions should not be allowed to slide because your a valedictorian. immigration is an issue, so the goverment needs to show firm leadership in their decision to send them back. all this uprising is pretty stupid if you ask me.

by kitkat12197 on 5/27/2012 11:13:29 AM


I agree with Natalieisyourmod! The judge decided and and if the government of our country wants her to leave Anerica then she doesn't really have much of a choice!

by Augie on 5/27/2012 11:11:01 AM


While other white American students are failing and dropping out of high school, a brilliant girl is getting into a college on full-scholarship and wants to be a HEART SURGEON, and people are denying her the ability to be a US citizen after showing her loyalty to this country? People are ridiculous...

by kenzi143 on 5/27/2012 10:13:21 AM


It's illegal. Simple as that. She needs to go back to Mexico. Honestly, I don't care about the fact that she is a validictorian. If you had a crack addict, but was still a validictorian, would he not be punished for his illegal actions just because of his academic preformance? Think about it that way.

by natalieisyourmod on 5/27/2012 10:09:42 AM

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