Teen who faced deportation graduates
WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A student who faced deportation is now celebrating a major milestone.
Daniela Pelaez delivered the commencement address at her graduation from North Miami High School, Friday.
Daniela, who is valedictorian of her class, almost did not make it to her own graduation. In March, Daniela and her sister faced deportation. However, her classmates rallied in support of the sisters, and their story gained national attention.
Daniela went to the U.S. Capitol, where she spoke with several lawmakers concerning her situation. The high school graduate is now behind a bill that will protect young adults on their way to college from being deported.
During her speech Friday, Daniela thanked everyone for their never-ending support. "It was because of your support that I am able to stand before you and deliver this farewell," she said.
Daniela, who graduated with a 6.7 GPA, told her fellow graduates that without them, she would not be here. She said, "Without your demonstration of kindness and sense of community, I would have been deported."
Daniela plans to spend her summer helping those in similar situations as she.
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