Valedictorian facing deportation gets reprieve in Florida
An immigration judge ruled last week that Daniela Pelaez was to be deported for being in the country illegally.
March 7th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Valedictorian facing deportation gets reprieve in Florida

by the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) – A Florida high school valedictorian and her sister who were facing deportation will instead meet Wednesday in Washington with Sen. Marco Rubio, after being granted a reprieve.

An immigration judge ruled last week that Daniela Pelaez, 18, and her sister Dayana were to be deported for being in the country illegally.

But Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tuesday gave the sisters a two-year reprieve. The decision was made under the policy of prosecutorial discretion, which is designed to prioritize deportation for illegal crossers with a criminal record, instead of those who pose little or no risk.

"The agency exercises prosecutorial discretion, on a case by case basis, as necessary to focus resources on our stated priorities," ICE spokesman Nestor Yglesias said in a statement Wednesday

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  1. joanne

    Congratulations Daniela, and good luck.

    March 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm |