An Indiana girl who was stuck in Mexico has already missed her prom, but she will not miss her graduation.
Elizabeth Olivas, called Betty by her friends, came to the U.S. from Mexico when she was 4 years old. Typically, a person has 180 days after their 18th birthday to apply for a green card or get some other form of authorization, but the application process was thrown off by the leap day this year, and Elizabeth was a day late.
Her High School Principal, Steve Edwards at Frankfort High, says she is a model student, and citizen with a top spot on the track team, a 3.9 grade point average.
Steve Edwards, Elizabeth‘s principal at Frankfort High School says after she was stuck in Mexico for six weeks, she sent him a pretty promising note before she finally got the good news.
“She texted me before I started graduation practice, and it was just ironic that we were ready to start graduation practice when she texted me and said, hey wish me good luck, I‘m going into my meetings,” Edwards recalls.
Later Elizabeth texted a message to her attorney and her close friends that said, “JUST GOT OUT VISA IN MY HANDS. IM COMING HOME! THANK YOU SO MUCH, IM SOO HAPPY!”.
But just because the immediate legal problems are over for Elizabeth Olivas, her attorney, Sarah Moshe says there could be a follow up suit.
“I have some questions regarding the calculation programs, systems we used, but I have been so focused on Elizabeth,” Moshe says. “I haven‘t looked a day into the future.”