Ros-Lehtinen Asks ICE To Issue A Stay Of Deportation For South Florida Valedictorian Student Daniela Pelaez

Mar 2, 2012

Ros-Lehtinen Asks ICE To Issue A Stay Of Deportation For South Florida Valedictorian Student Daniela Pelaez; Congresswoman Says That These & Other Cases Highlight The Need For Congress To Pass The Dream Act

Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) sent a letter to U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) asking the federal agency to intervene and request a deferred action and a stay of deportation in the case of 18 year old Daniela Pelaez, a student and the Valedictorian at North Miami High School. Ros-Lehtinen believes that Daniela’s case and others like it showcase the urgent need for Congress to approve the Dream Act.

Ros-Lehtinen’s letter to ICE states “Daniela and her siblings entered the US with their parents in 1991, when she was just 4 years old. Their parents divorced, and in 2006 their mother had to return to Colombia due to medical reasons. Daniela and her sister have been living with their father, a US resident. Their brother is currently serving in the US military forces.”

Said Ros-Lehtinen: "Congress needs to pass the Dream Act so that many young people can form part of our armed forces or attend college and contribute to our generous and great nation. There are many such desperate cases in our community and, instead of causing such anxiety we can allow these teenagers to realize their dreams in a legal manner.

I was at Jackson High School in our community on Monday morning before my flight to Washington, DC and met a wonderful student who is facing the same difficulty. These are very sad cases that have a solution and that solution is the Dream Act. I urge my colleagues in both the House and the Senate to place partisan politics aside and make the Dream Act a reality."

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