Miami valedictorian could be deported

Daniela Pelaez faces deportation

A high school valedictorian with big dreams says her future could be ruined by an immigration nightmare.

And with all her awards, metals and accolades Daniela Pelaez is well on her way.

"I love school. I love education. I'm the valedictorian of my high school," said Pelaez.

Daniela is a senior at North Miami Senior High School where she's in the international baccalaureate program and has a 6.7 grade point average.

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"I applied to Yale. I applied to Dartmouth, Duke University, Trinity and Wesley," she said.

But just days before she'll find out if she's been accepted to any of those colleges she may be forced to leave the country.

On March 28th, Daniela and her sister are scheduled be deported back to Columbia.

"I've been here since I was 4, I'm American," she said.

Daniela and her siblings came to America with her parents back in 1991.

Her parents divorced and in 2006 when her mother had to go back to Columbia for medical reasons she was denied access back into the country.

Daniela now lives with her father---who's a resident--- but on Monday a judge deciding she and her sister can no longer live here.

More than 3,000 people already signing an online petition to stop Pelaez  from being deported.

Daniela's attorney is appealing the court's decision.

Her classmates at North Miami senior High School are rallying in support and plan to walk out of class Friday morning in protest.

Story from CNN.

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