Jessica Colotl to get another year to finish studies at KSU
by Marietta Daily Journal staff and wire reports
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Jessica Colotl: Routine campus traffic stop at KSU triggered a major controversy on illegal immigrants.<br>Staff/File
Jessica Colotl: Routine campus traffic stop at KSU triggered a major controversy on illegal immigrants.
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ATLANTA - Federal authorities on Tuesday agreed to allow an illegal immigrant college student whose case fueled a broader debate on illegal immigration in Georgia to remain in the country for another year.

Jessica Colotl, now 22, was arrested on charges of driving without a license following a traffic stop last spring. She was turned over to immigration authorities and nearly deported. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement a year ago deferred action on her case for a year to allow her to finish her studies at Kennesaw State University. That delay was to expire Thursday, but ICE has once again deferred action on her case.

"ICE uses discretion on a case-by-case basis, as appropriate, and has the authority to grant a deferral of removal action based on the merits of an

individual's case and a review of specific facts," an agency spokeswoman said in an email.

Colotl's lawyer, Charles Kuck, recently filed for an extension of her deferred status and said he was pleasantly surprised that ICE acted so quickly.

"We so much appreciate ICE's professionalism and compassion in this matter," Kuck said. "They have been exemplary to deal with."

Colotl is set to graduate next week from KSU and hopes to work for a year before applying to law school. She is majoring in political science, with a minor in French.

Colotl's troubles began March 29, 2010, when she was stopped by KSU police officer Sgt. Kevin Kinsey for allegedly impeding the flow of traffic. She told him she had a Mexican driver's license, but couldn't find it. When she failed to produce it by the next day, she was arrested and booked into the Cobb County Jail on charges of driving without a license and blocking traffic. The jail participates in the federal 287(g) program, aimed at fighting illegal immigration. Colotl was turned over to immigration authorities, who moved her to the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Ala., on April 1.

With the help of KSU attorneys, Colotl was granted a deferment. She was released by federal immigration authorities on May 5, 2010.

In November, she was convicted in Cobb State Court of driving without a license and sentenced to three days in jail and fined $1,000. She has appealed to the Georgia Court of Appeals, which could hear oral arguments this month and render a decision by the end of the year.

Prompted in part by outcry over Colotl's case, the Georgia university system last fall adopted a policy that bars its schools from accepting illegal immigrants if they've rejected academically qualified applicants in the prior two years.
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Bill Lampe
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May 23, 2011
Some lawyer should initiate a class action suit looking to refund all out-of-state tuition payments made by stupid law abiding U.S. citizen/students. Jessica did not pay out-of state tuition, did she....
GoodLuckJessica
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May 09, 2011
I hope she does great things with her life.

/haters gonna hate
curious reader
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May 07, 2011
what is it that attracts so many xenophobes to cobb county? everyone in this country is an immigrant or a descendant of immigrants. why does this young woman's brown skin frighten you? what is it about her ancestors that fills you with hatred?
Al in Marietta
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May 06, 2011
The hypocrisy of Colotl supporters astounds me. But what do you expect from an Administration headed by a President who's aunt was living here illegally in public housing?
Kennesaw Resident
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May 06, 2011
@News Flash:

None of my ancestors emigrated to the United States of America and I am not native American.

cossacksare
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May 06, 2011
paco234: She has been here for more than half of her life, brought here by her parents. This is the country she knows. She didn't sneak across the border when she was 18, scheming to get a free college education.

Also, how could you possibly argue that the Native Americans weren't on this land first? Do you think it's just a conspiracy?
paco234
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May 05, 2011
This unrepentant criminal should be deported with every single squatting member of her family.

Not ONCE did she even TRY to apologize for driving without a license (or insurance).

Why don't these gutless people TRY to fix there OWN country. As I recall, most of the population of Mexico City LIVES IN A HUGE GARBAGE DUMP!

Any BTW, so called "Native Americans" were anything but. The first settlers of the USA were Europeans.
el paso
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May 05, 2011
I read today that most people who are bigots do not stand up to claim that honor and will deny it if confronted, but their bigotry is shown by their actions.
News Flash
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May 05, 2011
Unless you are 100% Native American Indian, you're an immigrant too.
Kennesaw Resident
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May 05, 2011
I worked two full-time jobs to pay out-of-state tuition to send my son to Auburn University to study engineering. When is the injustice of allowing this young lady in-state tuition going to be corrected? When do I and my son get justice or is justice only for illegal aliens?
KSUAlum
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May 05, 2011
With all the problems happening in our country right now, this is what you people get so fired up about? How about focusing your attention on something that important. It makes me feel embarrased to be a Georgian.
ILLEGAL now a MARINE
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May 05, 2011
Its funny how some ppl honor the troops and me being a marine know that a good amount of marines came here illegaly and are now serving this country. BECAUSE NOT ALL "TRUE AMERICANS" ARE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY
cossacksare
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May 04, 2011
She came here when she was 10; she grew up and learned about the world here. You guys are talking about her like she chose to come here four years ago and steal our education dollars--which, by the way, her family pays indirectly through rent on the house where they live, unless they live on the streets.

We were aliens in Egypt.
MysticRevelation
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May 04, 2011
Can she write a book about her experiences in redneckville? If so, will it be available online to purchase on my Ipad?
Crystal Lee
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May 04, 2011
From what I have read, Jessica now has a work permit as well as a ssn and possibly a GA drivers license or learners permit. Her attorney requested a work permit from ICE and it was granted.
mad as heck!
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May 04, 2011
I have an idea...why don't all the American citizens move to Mexico, overtake the government, industry, etc.? We'll set everything up to American standards and maybe then all the illegals will go back home!

I am sick and tired of our resources being handed out to all those who are here illegally, when American citizens can't get a stinking red cent when we need help. Nothing is left for us because our government has given away everything to those who have done nothing to support our country. Case in point...my mom, born in the USA, worked and paid taxes since she was a teenager. She became ill and could no longer work, so she applied for assistance. Do you think she got anything? HECK NO, but the illegals sitting next to her got their FREE handout. Not only was she refused assistance, she had to hire an attorney to get her Social Security benenfits, which she had paid into her entire working career. WE HAVE GOT TO PUT A STOP TO THIS!!!! If people want to come here, do it LEGALLY and be a contributor to our country.
A Proud American
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May 04, 2011
My ancestors immigrated to this country legally in the early 1900's. Not only did they fight for this country in two wars, they also went through the process of becoming American Citizens.

I'm 62 years old and have paid taxes and social security since I was 13 years old.

It's time for our country to get rid of Jessica and all her illegal immigrant friends who don't belong in this country.

They are are a burden on productive Americans who pay taxes and social security.
NaturalizedCitizen
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May 04, 2011
This Jessica and her family are a family of leaches. They are an insult to everyone who has worked hard to emmigrate to the US legally.
mmmmmm
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May 04, 2011
I took my 16 year old daughter, whose family has been in the US since 1620 when her forefathers arrived on the second ship into Jamestown. She has at least 6 forefathers that are Revolutionary War Veterans, at least the same number who faught in the civil war. She also has Cherokee blood in her. So she is a true Native American and a US Citizen, to Childrens Hospital last night. Once again over 60% of the Waiting room was occuppied by the illegals misusing the emergancy room.

The babies that the illegals have here are signed for medicaid. They take them to the ER for everything. The children that are illegal, they just make up names as they go and never pay the bill. One time my child was in the hospital for 3 days, they never bothered to visit their baby for the entire 3 days in the room next to us. Everything is passed off to us. That is why I will get a $1200 to 1600 bill for my 2-3 hour visit to the ER, I have to pay for 6 illegals and their babies. It is not right I only had the two kids that I could support myself.
why wait?
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May 04, 2011
Why do we need to wait for or depend on E-Verify for Ms. Colotl to be caught working illegaly? Does every citizen not have the right and the obligation to file a report when we become aware of her employment? Will the law firm or other business that hires her be committing an illegal act by putting her on the payroll? The law requiring the use of E-Verify by companies employing more than ten people surely doesn't make it legal for that same company to employ an illegal simply because they have less than 10 employees. It only let's them skirt that one method of verifying employment eligibility. Let's keep an eye on her and file a complaint. Further, we should also file complaints against the employers of her family members. Is the MDJ interested in funding a private detective to keep up with her and her family? I'll donate to a fund to help pay for it.
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