Miami Herald: Thousands protest deportation order against North Miami Senior High valedictorian

Alfonso Chardy and Laura Isenee report on March 2, 2012 from North Miami:

More than 2,600 students and teachers at North Miami Senior High took to the streets Friday to protest an order by an immigration judge for their valedictorian, 18-year-old Daniela Pelaez, to depart the country.

The demonstration marked one of the biggest immigration protests in South Florida since 2004 when President George W. Bush first proposed the legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants.

The rally drew attention from national media and politicians including Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

But it all started among friends, trying to comfort and fight for their Colombian friend who came to class Tuesday morning and cried over her desk.

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