12 year old Mayeli, who entered the U.S. in 2013, on Telemundo’s Primera Edicion
Mayeli Hernandez is 12 years old. Her mother brought her with her younger sister in July of 2013 to save their lives from the extraordinary danger pervades Honduras.
She and her sister will be able to reside in the United States permanently because they are Special Immigrant Juveniles (“SIJ”), which makes them eligible for Green Cards in the United States.
Unlike President Obama, Congress acted to protect children by expanding the amount of kids eligible to stay here as SIJ permanent residents in 2008.