18-year-old Daniela Pelaez is the valedictorian at her North Miami high school. She scored a 5 on her AP US History exam and has already been accepted to Yale. She is beloved by her 2,600 classmates and administrators, as evidenced by a special protest held outside of her high school following orders by an immigration judge to leave the geographical boundary known as the United States or be forced out by hired men with guns and black uniforms.
The Miami Herald reported that one administrator who had written several of Daniela’s letters of recommendation had said, “We were always assuming [Daniela’s] future lies in an Ivy League school in a pre-med program, and then we get the news she’s going to be deported.”
Daniela’s family has been separated because of threats of violence by Agents of the State: Her mother traveled to South America 6 years ago to be treated for cancer and has not been permitted to go back home to her children. Daniela’s older brother volunteered to be the U.S. Empire’s cannon fodder by enlisting in the military. Her father was able to receive residency because of her brother’s mercenary arrangement, however Daniela and her sister are struggling to find a way to stay in their home without facing threats of state kidnapping.
The Miami Herald article mentions that “Pelaez came to the United States at age 4 with her family on a tourist visa, which they overstayed.” Though she used their process to plead with agents of the state for permission to continue living at her home of 14 years, she was told that she must leave or the agents of the state will use violence to force her compliance.