I was in New York City the other day (being photographed no doubt dozens of times by Mayor Bloomberg’s mass of surveilllance cameras), and while walking by Time Square, noticed a scrolling headline billboard for CNN blaring to the world that the case of Jessica Colotl, the illegal alien student at Kennesaw State Universtiy in Georgia, was being labeled a “civil rights disaster.” Say what? A “civil rights disaster?” In what sense? Because a case is pending regarding the legal status of one single person unquestionably in this country unlawfully, and who apparently violated at least a few state laws while she was at it (driving without a license, driving illegally, and giving false information to the police)? Where are the “civil rights” here and what is the crisis?
Even more troubling than these ridiculous headlines building this case into an international incident of epic proportions, is the fact that many people are intent on making this young woman into a martyr of the civil rights movement. For what — driving without a license? That’s all it takes to be a hero nowadays? In so doing, civil rights advocates are cheapening the currency of true civil rights problems in this country (and there are very real civil rights and civil liberties problems in the country). They lose credibility for their real battles in making this non-issue into a major test of principles and laws.
Sillier still is the notion that this college student – labeled one of the “best and brightest” by one pundit, yet who was not even bright enough to realize that when you’re in the country illegally it’s probably not a good idea to drive on public streets without a drivers license – is now being quoted as an expert on immigration laws. In one of her news conferences, Colotl labeled the currrent immigration system in this country a “mess” (it may very well be; if for no reason other than it allowed her to remain here for years and to benefit from taxpayer-subsidized tuition at a state university). Colotl also called for “reform” of the system. I will not be surprised if she is brought before a congressional committee and applauded as a “victim” and an “expert.” Perhaps the next immigration “reform” act will be named ”Jessica Colotl’s Law” in her honor.
There are a number of legitimate questions surrounding the case of illegal alien Jessica Colotl – including whether or not the charges pending against her are legitimate, and whether the federal government and the university acted properly in deferring her deportation for a year — and they need to be resolved. But let’s not get carried away; Jessica Colotl is no hero.