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Miami valedictorian can stay in country, for now

In an earlier post we wrote about efforts of many to pass the Dream Act. The passage of the act would provide temporary residence in the U.S. to many individuals who despite not being born in the country, have grown up and attended schools in states like Florida and throughout the country. The act would benefit young people such as the 18-year-old Miami resident who has recently been in the news due to the news of her impending deportation.

The North Miami Senior High senior and valedictorian of her class entered the U.S. as a toddler at the age of four on a tourist visa and has been here since. Earlier this year an immigration judge in Miami ruled that both she and her sister were to be deported due to being in the U.S. illegally. They were slated to be returned to the country of their birth, Columbia.

Many in the country feel that the U.S. is deporting individuals who have much to contribute to society and ultimately in the process, the economy. Accordingly, there are mechanisms in place to keep certain people here.

Earlier this week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a reprieve to both the student and her sister. The reprieve was made possible by utilizing the policy of prosecutorial discretion. Under this policy, deportations of people who are in the country illegally and have a criminal record are prioritized.

With her grade point average of 6.7 the young woman is hoping to go to college and have a career in the medical field.

Source: CNN, "Valedictorian facing deportation gets reprieve in Florida," March 7, 2012

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