Her lawyer, Sarah Moshe, received a text message from the teen after a seven-hour-long "humanitarian parole" hearing in Mexico: "JUST GOT OUT VISA IN MY HANDS. IM COMING HOME! THANK YOU SO MUCH, IM SOO HAPPY!"
The Indianapolis Star reported that U.S. Senator Richard Lugar’s office helped arrange the hearing, and Indiana congressmen Mike Pence and Todd Rokita sent letters to the consulate on Olivas’ behalf on Thursday.
“I never got angry as much as I was frustrated,” Olivas, salutatorian of her class, told the newspaper upon her return in time to deliver her speech at her Saturday graduation. It was her first time back to Mexico since she came to the U.S. 14 years ago. "This is the only life I’ve known,” she said.Read More »from Teen Stuck in Mexico Over Visa Mix-up Is Allowed to Come Back to U.S.