Illegal immigrant student is not a hero

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.

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Ragnar Danneskjöld

May 19th, 2010
6:48 am

Good humor, well-written. I fear the leftists, by magnifying trivial and/or unsympathetic cases, have totally delegitimized the concept of “civil rights,” a formerly respectable and admirable sentiment. They will turn us all into “negative powers” advocates in Constitutional interpretation.

PinkoNeoConLibertarian

May 19th, 2010
6:55 am

Deport her to Alabama!

Michael Broz

May 19th, 2010
6:59 am

Mr. Barr, I voted for your bid to presidency. I must say, I am very happy you were not elected.
The libertarian philosophy is among the most powerfully cogent models I have ever been exposed to. But the actual party uses the philosophy as a showcase and behaves in a far more typical republican manner. You express disdain over the fact a young woman, obviously bright and hard-working, was here illegally and now people are trying to protect her and her interest. The US immigration system is an appalling mess, especially after 9/11. It is extraordinary that the US suffers such an enormous illegal immigration issue when rich European countries adjacent to poor ones seem have fewer illegal immigration issues, despite the fact that the underlying motivators are the same in both instances. The difference is the immigration policy. So it is your congress’ fault for this mess. Brilliant students are urged to come to European and Asian universities. Only in the US is a potential college student as equally wanted in the US as someone with no job prospects.
Mr. Barr, the fundamental backbone of libertarianism rest upon the idea that we should be able to operate free of regulation and surveillance as long as our actions do not impede on other’s rights.
We should start taking responsibility for the broken system we built and stop blaming others for walking down the yellow brick road we practically laid for them. Xenophobia is fascist, pure and simple. And if you are so angry about the tax thing, what libertarian are you? Almost all of believe in minimal taxation, like the amount illegal immigrants pay. In fact, to me, it appears illegal immigrants are the most libertarian among us.

Libertarianism is a godsend. The libertarian party is a godsend filled with demons. The barbarians are at the vault on this one. It is time we showed true conviction to our beliefs

Morrus

May 19th, 2010
7:14 am

Curiously, in a supposed anti-incumbent year, most of the departing are not retiring but seeking higher office. We may recycle more than we replace. The bad news is that a frustrating 114 seats still have but one contestant. Two of them aren’t even incumbents, meaning they will affect state policy without being vetted by voters. And I have to think that we’d be better off if many had run instead for the Legislature — and cut down on the number running unopposed. Georgia’s problems are numerous. They aren’t going away. There’s too much stale thinking at the Capitol, on both sides of the aisle. New voices would be welcome.

RxDawg

May 19th, 2010
7:17 am

We are the society of crying wolf.

Byron Mathison Kerr

May 19th, 2010
7:26 am

Bob, if our parents had brought us to this country illegally at the age of 10, and we had been raised within a subculture of hiding our undocumented status — would we have been as academically successful as Jessica Colotl?

“There but for the grace of God go I.”

We need effective, sensible, and compassionate immigration reform at the federal level — now.

A CONSERVATIVE

May 19th, 2010
7:30 am

THE ILLEGAL….Ms.COLOTI chose not to become an AMERICAN CITIZEN…Both she & her parents had years to began the process. They chose not to…The LEFT is a bunch of whiners.

CJJScout

May 19th, 2010
7:31 am

Michael Broz, I agree with some of what you said, but Barr is right here. The issue is not that the laws are incorrect but that she didn’t follow the laws. Work within the system to fix the laws if you have a problem with them (like former civil rights leaders and their non-violent protests), but this chick broke multiple laws outside of the immigration ones and is being called a hero? Not good, not good at all.

Blue Fender

May 19th, 2010
7:32 am

Why is this woman a victim? The left would have us believe she should have every right that all tax paying citizens have, while the right would have us think she’s a member of a sleeper cell terrorist group. The fact is she didn’t use proper channels to get what she wanted from this country–an education. For that alone she should be punished according to law. We, as citizens, would get that. At least she’s not being jailed for 20 years for being a “spy”.

P.

May 19th, 2010
7:34 am

When you have broken the law there is punishment involved. The bottom line is that even though she was 11 when her parents illegally crossed the border, at 17 she knew what she was doing was wrong but did nothing to attempt to rectify her situation. When she was arrested in March she showed the police a Mexican drivers license. Where did that come from? While I feel for this young woman and understand her desire to go to college and finish, we do not make exceptions for any other group and should not start now. If you are Russian, Haitian, Chinese or French, if you are found to be in the country illegally you are deported. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or which sorority you managed to join, illegal is illegal and we all have to follow the law.

al4022

May 19th, 2010
7:34 am

Mr. Barr,
Micahel Broz has put it so elquently that I wonder if it is necessary to further comment. I am just very disappointed. At a time where we should be looking at legalizing the very people who are not a burden but a gift to our society, you choose to be little an example.
By the way, who said she was a hero? Or, as your reader Danneskjold put it, are trying your hand to be a comic?

Peadawg

May 19th, 2010
7:35 am

“llegal immigrant student is not a hero”

AMEN!!!

Tall

May 19th, 2010
7:35 am

Mr. Barr makes some good points. He’s correct: she broke the law by presenting fraudulent id to a police officer during a traffic stop. Send her packing. End of story.

There is an immigration mess because the laws are not enforced and illegals can obtain numerous benefits and free medical treatment. And with Miss Colotl’s case, a college education. Why wouldn’t you come here illegally? Michael Broz, any thoughts?

Karl Marx

May 19th, 2010
7:39 am

What?? “Libertarianism is a godsend” No, no it is not. Libertarianism is an open border; legalize all drugs at any cost, anti US citizen, corrupt idea. Sorry can’t vote to give the US away to special interest and foreign countries in the name of welfare for capitalism. If libertarians had their way we would have open borders will all countries. The problem is other countries will not reciprocate. See if you can get away with sneaking into Mexico and protesting. Then come back after you are released from prison and tell us what you think. I call in Loony- tarianism

law abiding American

May 19th, 2010
7:41 am

Jessica Colotl was taught to break the law by her law breaking parents. They are ALL criminals. Criminals should NOT be tolerated. Jessica should be deported. She broke several laws!!!! She did not attempt to correct her situation by legal means. She has no excuse! DEPORT HER!!!!

david wayne osedach

May 19th, 2010
7:42 am

Send her to Arizona!

Al Gore

May 19th, 2010
7:42 am

When I wrote the constitution, I did not count on so many foreigners moving to our country to enjoy our freedom and privilegdes illegally.

Bobby

May 19th, 2010
7:50 am

She shows the falacy of our immigration situation. There should be a mechanism where if a student is an illegal immigrant but graduates from a Georgia (or any other State’s public educational system) High School we are able to give them a permanent residency status.

nelsonhoward

May 19th, 2010
7:50 am

The central issue is, is the illegal immigrant in question using her real name, the name of another person or the name of some one who does not exist. Once we discover her true identity then we know who she is. There are 9 million illegal aliens in the U.S. If they are all moving around unidentified it is a disaster. This is important. Everyone needs cooroborated identification. Take “Qui Tam” , that is a latin term. That is the name for today.

c

May 19th, 2010
7:52 am

how would you or i be treated in her home country if we did the same things? very very badly! we should have no one here illegally, even if they are from norway. we need to make a deal with all latinos, we will allow you to have everything in our country that you will allow us to have in your country. they will not go for that, proving that there is a double standard and they only want to take. i’ve heard excuses like ‘america is rich and can afford to help others’, first of all, not true, we aren’t doing well anymore, and secondly, that’s like saying it’s ok to steal from that mansion just because they people have more money than you. then there is the argument that this is a land of immigrants, that was the case many years ago when we wanted to steal the land from someone else, do we still want to say this is a land of immigrants now and let others steal it from us?

Donna

May 19th, 2010
7:55 am

Cuban friends of mine were brought to this country in the 60s by their parents. They went thru the process to become citizens. It was a pain in the neck but they did it. Sometimes the law requires you to do things that are a pain & seem dumb & useless at the time but you do it anyway. Like passing that parallel parking test when you got your drivers license.

Buzz G

May 19th, 2010
8:00 am

This has been the goal of the Democratic party all along; to make sure the border is open and that lots of uneducated poor pour across. Now they will have a permanent underclass who will vote Democratic for several generations. Well, we now have 30 million of these people wandering our country. They hold low paying jobs with no benefits. They bring lots of crime and poverty. They clog up our courts and prisons. They jam our hospital emergency rooms. They stress our schools. They are not upwardly mobile because they do not speak English. But mostly they cause our governments and our insurance companies great expense. Remember, illegal alien labor is cheap only to the employer. Many of their expenses are passed on to society.

Democrats don’t care how many problems these illegal aliens cause. They want those votes. They could care less about what this is doing to our country. But the rest of us need to remember this come the first Tuesday in November.

Beezlebud

May 19th, 2010
8:03 am

The word, “hero”, is certainly used to often. I don’t think firefighters are heroes. There just white slobs who couldn’t cut it in the real World. Same goes for teachers and police officers.

John Galt

May 19th, 2010
8:05 am

Don’t believe all that “straight A student” garbage. Senorita Colotl had a 3.8 average in high school. That’s a B average- straight A’s lead to a 4.0 GPA. And she’s been a C student at KSU.

What happens when the fuzz catch her driving without a license again? Bet she’s already doing it.

Criminals help each other- just look at the authorities at KSU using State funds to get Senorita Colotl out of immigration lockup.

vracer

May 19th, 2010
8:11 am

Breaking the law, lying, screwing the system everything a lib can applaud and good training to be an attorney.

G. Wolf

May 19th, 2010
8:12 am

Not A hero.

Are her parents legal? What were they thinking?
Did she have s SS#. Who was that stolen from?
Who was the Georgia child that was denied admission to KSU because of this illegal kid getting accepted?
Why is she getting in state tuition rate? Should pay back as an out of state person.
Why should she be allowed to finish school? (Give her place to legal resident)
Would she be a good lawyer? (After being here illegal, lying to the police, breaking other laws?)
What other services did she get at tax payers expense?

Gary

Monroe Burbank

May 19th, 2010
8:12 am

Who said she was a hero? Also, I believe it’s the state of Georgia that’s the civil rights disaster. The civil rights movement wasn’t born here for nothing.

Gracie

May 19th, 2010
8:13 am

I only wish the common sense philosophy you write would pervade this country. Why in this world would we even consider our laws not worthy of enforcing? What part of illegal do these people not understand? What part of illegals not paying taxes but draining an over-taxed public do they not understand? No wonder we’re in an economic crisis — we have too many taking from our coffers.

Greg S.

May 19th, 2010
8:13 am

I’ve heard all the details of her case. She came here with her parents as a child, blah, blah, blah. She simply needs to do what needs to be done to stay in America and go to school with the correct status. Since when is that too much to ask? The press would have you believe the illegals are being ‘hunted and persecuted’. It just ain’t so! All we ask is for immigrants to follow the law.

Billy Hill

May 19th, 2010
8:16 am

Kudos to you Bob for your position. I sometimes think to myself “maybe I’m not really a libertarian” because of the sides that the LP takes on certain issues, this one included. You help me realize that YES, I am a libertarian!

An another note, does anyone know why an article about a fatal beating of an illegal immigrant comes up as the first result when you search cnn.com for “Jessica Colotl” ?

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:17 am

I consider myself fairly liberal and I agree with everything you said today, Barr. I believe that was a pig that just flew by my window.

Anyway, good piece. If anything, she is a face for the Arizona movement, definitely not a hero.

Lee

May 19th, 2010
8:17 am

Mr. Barr- Please come out of political retirement. Your country needs you NOW!

joan

May 19th, 2010
8:18 am

Well she cant be too smart. Any illegal could tell her how to get a fake driver’s license. She should be deported summarily and all this whining would end. America has a short memory.

Lib_hater

May 19th, 2010
8:18 am

Hell now she’s no hero! She’s an illegal alien criminal that is flaunting the laws of our country on a daily basis. She should be deported immediately!!

Chris

May 19th, 2010
8:19 am

Tomorrow my co-worker and friend will be heading to the airport to pick up his bride. She has been in Romania going threw all of the LEGAL procedures that this great country has provided. He did the same years ago with his family.

A great system is in place to become a citizen, but the problem is you have a lot of “groups” that waste even more tax payers money to defend people like this young lady.

Make an example of her! Obviously she is smart enough to know what she needed to become a citizen and chose not to. Bottom line! End of story! Get her out and all of the other free loaders that want to take advantage of hard working tax payers.

This country was built on hard working families. There was no excuses! No free loaders! It is the LAW! She wants to study law then here is a great start.

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:19 am

So while we’re on the topic of illegal immigration, my people say the number is not 12 million but rather more like 200 million; we won’t include the blacks since they were brought here against their own will.

So. Will be gassing up the Mayflower anytime soon? I mean, there are people breaking laws after all and we can’t have that!

David

May 19th, 2010
8:21 am

Deport her, deport her mother and father, deport her brothers and sisters.

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:22 am

We have Mayflower ships juiced and ready to head back to Britain. Any takers? Since everyone is in the mood for being law abiding citizens and what not. Free, one-way trips back to Britain. The Mayflower awaits you.

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:24 am

Anyone ready to be dropped off back in Britain? You’re here illegally. Turn that Mayflower around…

Juri Prudence

May 19th, 2010
8:24 am

America the hypocrite. Reagan:”Tear down that wall, Mr. Gorbachev”. Modern-day Republican:”Build the dang fence”. What a Country…..

Ernesto

May 19th, 2010
8:25 am

I would have to agree that she is not a hero but she is a victim. Victim of what you may ask. Well, being brought to the country was not her decision. Some would argue that she could have left back to Mexico. I know a lot of people over 30 still living at their parents’ house, how do you expect an 18 year old to move to another country by herself?

I’m not going to excuse her; she did break a few laws. But hasn’t she paid for what she did already? She got caught driving without a license and she was jailed. She gave false information; she paid a fine of $2500. Her in-state tuition was taken away. Her deportation has been delayed for a year.

If you want to be mad at someone or at something, be mad at the inefficient immigration system and the lack of comitment from the federal government.

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:26 am

“I sometimes think to myself “maybe I’m not really a libertarian” because of the sides that the LP takes on certain issues, this one included. You help me realize that YES, I am a libertarian!”

The jokes write themselves. No wonder these politicos are able to get over on soooo many sheeple. No one thinks for themselves anymore.

Follow the rules......

May 19th, 2010
8:26 am

This message is in response to BOBBY.

What a stellar idea, develope another rule or law that condones this behavior. What you are saying in your statement, that as long as you don’t get caught, illegal immigrants that sponge off the American taxpayer and graduate from a public school will “trigger” the mechanism that allows them to stay legally.

What next, a mechanism that allows the illegals to become citizens if they can cross our border without getting caught….oh darn, why would they want to do that! They are already doing that without the need for follwing the laws of OUR country.

Wow, another well thought process to an already failing system. Or maybe a shining example of present and future mismanagement of our country…..by any chance are you a Democrat?

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

May 19th, 2010
8:27 am

Well put. I have a child in college who transferred from KSU. She is on the President’s List and an officer in some organizations, as well as active in Atlanta social service organizations. She has gone into debt to pay for an education that the grants and jobs don’t cover. She too is looking at law school and has learned that hispanic students get a price break on the LSAT and, I believe, on the GRE too. She has a valid license and has never driven illegally or lied to the police. Not a single school official has ever stood up for her for any reason nor has she received a break on anything, even though I lost my job and went from $119,000 a year to $7,500 in family income. The KSU president and the University system chancellor should be ashamed of themselves for spending time for which they are paid by the university system and public money on aiding a lawbreaker. If they disagree with the laws they can work, on their own time, to change them. Ms. Colotl has no legal standing in this country. So far she has had a nice life and a good education, illegally. The government was even willing to let her stay to finish her undergraduate degree. That she would knowingly break the law, and more than one, but become a lawyer indicates that she would not be someone dedicated to upholding our laws. This is a sad case. And there are thousands of sad cases. But she is not a hero. If she gets to finish out her year she should pay out of state fees. And she should not get any government or school student aid. If she has received Pell grants or any other noncommercial loans they should become due immediately. I would not expect to send my daughter to Mexico to go to school without proper papers, get student aid, and break Mexican laws. I am the great grandchild of immigrants who came here legally within the quota system, learned English, celebrated their heritage privately without demanding that the country change for their language or customs. and paid their own way. There are immigration laws and border laws for reasons. Mostly good reasons as our resources and services cannot absorb or care for everyone who wants to immigrate. It’s like a mother wanting 10 children but only able to support 1. It’s sad but it is reality. As is the immigration situation.

Nate The Great

May 19th, 2010
8:29 am

Good job Mr. Barr. This criminal is no hero.

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:29 am

These Mayflower ships are pretty empty. Will anyone one obey “the law of the land” (ha) and return to Britain?

If the Blacks stay we will honor the 40 acres and a mule.Thank you, President JOHNSON. *eyeroll*

Aaron

May 19th, 2010
8:31 am

This loser from KSU needs to get the heck outta here ASAP. I don’t care if she saved 100 kids from a burning building. SHE IS ILLEGAL! She should not be here (just like the rest of the mexicans). If I were president, it would by my #1 goal to get them all outta here. To you mexicans and moron Americans who are against the Arizona law, you can leave too! Don’t like racial profiling? DEAL WITH IT OR LEAVE. This country is going downhill fast because of the illegals, and thugs of course (see Atlanta).

The B.C.- No Goodys.

May 19th, 2010
8:31 am

This fragile young girl broke the law but it’s our fault she did it. You hit the nail square on the head B.B.. This whole thing is nutty. As peolple keep crawling out of the water to get on the sinking ship, it continues to add weight. Although we sympathize with their plight, we much consider the greater good.

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:31 am

There are 200 million illegal immigrants in this country as we speak, some typing on this blog. Should we round up them all up and deport everyone back to Britain or wherever your native land is??

kolosochek

May 19th, 2010
8:32 am

Case of Ms. Colotl is a civil right question. I am mother, wife and daughter of American citizens, and I am still illegal. I don’t have any convictions, but I am in deportation proceedings. Current immigration laws has so many holes that it is no surprise that there are 12 mill. people without a status. More than half of those people could have gotten their status adjusted. Ms. Colotl doesn’t have a drivers license not because she chose to do so, but like me she cannot obtain it. Ms. Colotl couldn’t give her current address in fear that her relatives will be prosecuted. She did her best for the situation that she is in. I hope that common sense will prevail and immigration reform will be a reality.