Elizabeth Olivas, Frankfort High School’s Salutatorian Returns To US For Her Graduation After Being Stuck in Mexico

By on Jun 2, 2012 in Education, United States, World Comments


Elizabeth Olivas
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Elizabeth Olivas, a Mexican-born salutatorian of Frankfort High School, returned home after being stuck in her native Mexico for six weeks because of immigration problems, according to reports by several international news sites, June 2, 2012.

Based on reports, 18-year-old Olivas arrived at Indianapolis International Airport just before midnight Thursday and said she’s glad to be home.

Recent reports also mentioned Olivas has lived in Indiana since she was 4 years old, but missed the visa requirement by one day because of 2012 being a leap year and had been in Chihuahua, Mexico for the past six weeks trying to get permission to return home.

However, the case drew attention from lawmakers across the country and the office of US Sen. Richard Lugar, helped arrange a waiver hearing and Indiana Republican Reps. Mike Pence and Todd Rokita sent letters to the consulate on Olivas‘ behalf.

Supporters cheered and sang “Back Home Again in Indiana” when she walked into the main plaza of Indianapolis International Airport.

“These people are the people I’ve known and lived with my whole life. I never been back to Mexico since I came here 14 years ago. This is the only life I’ve known”, Elizabeth Olivas mentioned in a statement.

She said she’s prepared to deliver her speech Saturday.

“I’ve got it prepared. I want it to be as if I never left”, she added.



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