Miami school board honoring teen who was nearly deported
MIAMI - A South Florida valedictorian who faced deportation earlier this year will be honored by the Miami-Dade School Board. The board will recognize 18-year-old Daniela Pelaez of North Miami High Wednesday for creating the We Are Here Foundation to help other undocumented immigrant students. Pelaez and her sister, Dayana Pelaez, were ordered deported to Colombia. The sisters were brought to the United States as children by their parents, who overstayed their tourist visas. The teen's classmates protested the order, which drew national attention. Federal authorities have deferred action on the case for two years.The Miami Herald reports School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho supported the teen and said she would be deported "over my dead body."