Thursday, March 8, 2012

ICE Postpones The Pelaez Sisters Deportation For Two Years

Daniela Pelaez

Sisters had till the end of the month to leave the U.S., but they received a reprieve from ICE.

By H. Nelson Goodson
March 8, 2012

Miami - On Tuesday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) granted both Daniela Pelaez, 18, and her sister Dayana Pelaez legal permission to remain in the U.S. for two years. Nester Yglesias, Spokesman for ICE confirmed that both sisters had received a reprieve under "prosecutorial discretion" allowing the agency to focus resources for other criminal deportation cases. The discretion cited by Yglesias is used on a case by case basis.
ICE overruled last week's decision by an immigration judge who order for the Pelaez sisters to voluntarily leave the U.S. by the end of the month. The Pelaez family is originally from Colombia and over stayed their visa entry to the U.S. when Daniela was 4-years-old.
Daniela, a valedictorian is a 6.7 GPA student at North Miami High School.
Last Friday, nearly 3,000 students, friends and teachers including the school superintendent marched in support of Daniela and to prevent ICE from deporting both sisters.
Her attorney, Nera Shefer is trying to get a permanent residency status for the sisters.

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