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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ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:32 am

“Thank you, Celia and Jose, for the cheap labor you have provided to my family and my business. You can now carry your ass back to Mexico. Your services are no longer needed.”

Williebee

May 19th, 2010
8:32 am

Only a second rate intellect would compare the Berlin Wall… an attempt to keep citizens from fleeing with a fence in Arizona…keep illegals OUT.

Exactly what immigation policy do you propose. Open borders?

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:34 am

“This country is going downhill fast because of the illegals”

America…going “downhill” since 1492. *smh*

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:36 am

“Exactly what immigation policy do you propose. Open borders?”

Worked for you and your people now, didn’t it??

Chief Flowing Waters: “We should have built the damn fence back in 1620!”

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:38 am

These makeshift Mayflowers await you law abiding citizens. Come one, come all.

Rick

May 19th, 2010
8:40 am

There is little hope for the Obama administration enforcing our immigration laws.

Both Eric Holder, the US Attorney General and just within the last couple of days…Janet Napolitano head of the Department of Homeland Security have admitted that they have not read the new Arizona immigration law that was signed over a month ago.

These two officials have been critical of this law yet both recently admitted to Congressional committees that they have not READ the law. The law is less than 20 pages and takes less than half an hour to read.

Obama has placed very incompetent people into very important government positions. This administration will never enforce our immigration laws.

jconservative

May 19th, 2010
8:40 am

Send her and her parents back to whereever they came from. If they want to return they know the legal process & her friends and supporters and hire an immigration attorney to smooth the way.

kt

May 19th, 2010
8:40 am

Send her tail back to Mexico. Her parents along as well.

Joe

May 19th, 2010
8:43 am

To: ask a NATIVE

You’re mom is an illegal!

allen981

May 19th, 2010
8:46 am

The jails are full everyday with idiots who drive without a license and give police false information.Colotl is no different that any other college senior who screws up.

She has no more right to an education in this country than my kids do in a Mexican university.

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:47 am

All this chatter about “open borders” is VERY amusing. Were it not for the savage, white imperialists, this entire continent would still have open borders. Where did the need for ‘borders’ arise? And how did the pilgrims manage to get away with over five generations of illegal aliens? Entitled ones at that?

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:48 am

“There is little hope for the Obama administration enforcing our immigration laws.”

Yeah maybe the Republicans, pardon me, Tea-Party enthusiasts, will spare us all and fix it.

Oh wait…

ask a NATIVE

May 19th, 2010
8:50 am

What an articulate and well thought-out response, Joe.

tn viewer

May 19th, 2010
8:50 am

I was hit by an illegal and the cops let her go. Said they couldn’t charge her as she was illegal….she was driving on the wrong side of the road without a license. If it had been me without a license, I would have gone to jail. This lady is ILLEGAL and has had time to become a citizen if she wanted to. We do not need to give her a free COLLEGE education…she got a free high school education. Let her become a citizen if she wants to be treated as one.

PixiePundit

May 19th, 2010
8:51 am

I applaud you, Mr. Barr! Very nicely put!

I have actually had LEGAL Mexican immigrants tell me that they consider Jessica’s “plight” a slap in the face to them. They are ANGRY. I wish more LEGAL immigrants would SPEAK UP!

Stan

May 19th, 2010
8:51 am

A-men Aaron!!!

Vote for Pedro

May 19th, 2010
8:53 am

This sort of thing is timeless. As you know, two illegal immigrants snuck on Noah’s Ark.

Joe

May 19th, 2010
8:53 am

Thanks as a NATIVE!

andygrd

May 19th, 2010
8:53 am

Civil Rights issue…. I think not. Andy why you ask?

The non political rights of a citizen: The rights of personal liberty guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States and by acts of Congress.

In other words, civil rights, sometimes called legal rights or statutory rights, are those rights granted by a particular polity codified by legal statutes by some form of legislative body. In simpler terms, they are the rights granted citizens by governments. Civil rights, then, are pieces of positive law that stand in stark contrast to the natural rights of men and women. Natural rights, sometimes called moral rights or inalienable rights, are those rights inherent in people and do not require codification or any passage of legislation. The Bill of Rights, for example, is an example of natural rights as opposed to civil rights. That the Bill of Rights stands as law does not in any way alter the fact that those enumerated rights and even those not enumerated are natural rights that preexist governments and as far as the United States government is concerned their very purpose of being is to protect the inherent natural rights of people.

She is not an American Citizen covered under the 13th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Case closed.

Geez

May 19th, 2010
8:53 am

Hey Beezlebud, may your house burn down, you get robbed repeatedly and your children (God forbid you reproduce) remain illiterate!

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S

May 19th, 2010
9:09 am

Both U.S. law and GA state law allow undocumented students to attend college which is why it’s become a civil rights matter. Technically she is not here illegally since the law allows her as a student to be here which is why immigration had to release her with the year provision to finish her studies. We like to pound our chest and say the law is the law only when it seems to benefit us. Well, uncomfortable as this issue may be, like or not it is what it is…

Hillbilly Deluxe

May 19th, 2010
9:10 am

Were it not for the savage, white imperialists, this entire continent would still have open borders.

Yet, the various tribes warred among themselves before Columbus ever got here.

PixiePundit

May 19th, 2010
9:12 am

@S – I don’t believe you are correct. College applications in GA require undocumented students to lie in order to attend.

Chris

May 19th, 2010
9:12 am

Has ANYONE asked…”Where are her parents during all this? They are illegal so they are obviously hiding, BUT surely any good parent would automatically put themselves in harms way to save their child. These selfish parents care more for themselves than their own daughter. Disgusting!

The Tar and Feathers Party

May 19th, 2010
9:14 am

She is a proven liar, cheat, and thief: She lied to police, she cheated a Georgia resident out of a place at Kennesaw State, and she stole in-state tuition to which she was not entitled, I would never, ever call a liberal arts major “one of the best and brightest,” because they are not in a hard major. Kick her fat butt out of the country now. Inflict damage on the country of Mexico in any way you can, make them pay for this government supported invasion of America. BOYCOTT ALL PRODUCTS MADE OR GROWN IN MEXICO.

lmno

May 19th, 2010
9:16 am

If people wanted to end illegal immigration, then they would make is easy, fast, and legal to immigrate here, work, and pay taxes. We have a system set up that encourages this behavior.

Offer them an alternative. Welcome them to legally come and work and they will. AND they will pay taxes to do it.

andygrd

May 19th, 2010
9:16 am

S…. please provide your source of information. I would like to learn more please…

Thank you

chiu

May 19th, 2010
9:18 am

that’s why we don’t watch CNN no more. they don’t know the different between illegal immigrant and U.S. citizens. And, no one knows what is “Civil rights”. the illegal immigrant think they have the “right” in this Country!! Do they think they have the right in China?

Invader, not hero

May 19th, 2010
9:21 am

How did she get her car registered? That needs to be investigated, because someone aided and abetted. She received free schooling, probably welfare subsidies, and she then criticized our “system”. Considering the perks in Mexico, she should have thanked us profusely for the time she had here. Just because you want something does not give you the right to break into my house or my country and steal it. I paid out of state tuition when I moved to GA, and I was here legally. Even with insurance, without a license if you get hit by an illegal the insurance will not pay. When I was hit, the cop did not charge him with leaving the scene of the accident even though he ran away. Why? Hispanic cop.

Pompano

May 19th, 2010
9:27 am

Our Immigration Laws are not a mess (except for the one granting automatic citizenship based on birth in the US).

Enforcement of our Immigration Laws is a mess – I applaud those willing to tackle this issue while having to withstand uncalled for criticism.

Captain Reality

May 19th, 2010
9:31 am

Remember civics class. Laws are made by the legislative branch. The judicial and executive branches enforce these laws. They do not pick and choose which laws they think are correct. If you want the laws to not be enforced, these branches are derelict in their duty. The laws must be changed, not the enforcement. No license, insurance (?), lied to officers. These are crimes, the law must be enforced. The alternative is to enact new legislation. Back off law enforcement for doing their collective jobs.

jg

May 19th, 2010
9:31 am

@kolosochek – I hope your situation works out.

We had a neighbor once call INS on all the “illegals” in our neighborhood. INS came out and they deported the mother of 3 who spoke english and worked and was a wonderful neighbor and friend. They missed the apartment with 10 guys living in there! Sad.

Would Jessica (or any Mexican) qualify for the same asylum consideration Auntie Obama got? Highly unlikely.

flixoman

May 19th, 2010
9:34 am

My wife and I delt with immigration to get her into the country after we were married. It was a pain in the neck…but she is here now – a tax paying legal resident working a highly skilled job. She fully intends to become a citizen as well. For Jessica Colotl and the other illegals can get bent. They are breaking the law and the govt refuses to punish them.

Elainer7

May 19th, 2010
9:34 am

Hey Ask A Native, I am all in favor of rounding up the 200 million illegals so that maybe our CITIZENS can get the special treatment that some seem to think belongs to illegals. My question is, does anyone else feel like the citizens are the ones that are being discriminated against while our government breaks their backs ( and laws ) trying to accomodate the illegals? And before everyone gets all in a huff with me, I open my arms to anyone coming to this country LEGALLY and goes throuigh proper channels to become a citizen.

Chris

May 19th, 2010
9:34 am

To Invader…Assuming she doe actually live somewhere within Gwinett County, (She gave a false address of Duluth to the Police) Gwinnett County is one of the few that allows registration of cars WITHOUT providing a drivers license. Still must have proof of insurance. So that’s still a mystery.

The Tar and Feathers Party

May 19th, 2010
9:35 am

THANKS TO THE AJC, I HAVE LEARNED TO HATE MEXICANS, ALL MEXICANS. DEPORT THEM ALL, AND BOYCOTT ALL MEXICAN PRODUCTS. REPORT ALL MEXICANS TO INS.

Rob

May 19th, 2010
9:35 am

Sorry but she is a hero because she embodies all the flaws in our system.
She came here when she was 10 without a choice and has made something of herself instead of being a burden to society. There are many people born here who have accomplished much less.
She can’t get a license because Georgia made it illegal. She could have gotten a drivers license in many other states.

Rosa Parks

May 19th, 2010
9:37 am

Yeah, just because a system is a mess and doesn’t offer you a legal viable alternative is no reason to break the law!

I mean, if its illegal, you don’t do it, no matter what!

Chris

May 19th, 2010
9:38 am

Rob, she IS a burden to us taxpaying citizens of Georgia. She is paying LESS money in tuition than she legally is supposed to pay. And taking away a spot & funds at KSU that a law-abiding state resient could have had.

PixiePundit

May 19th, 2010
9:39 am

@Rob – she committed three crimes. She should just get a free pass on those because she’s illegal and a “hero”?

Her elementary and HS education was provided by the taxpayers. What freebies did her illegal parents get while she was under age? She gets discounted tuition by LYING.

If she weren’t a cute little sorority girl, I bet you a nickel no one would pay attention.

lmno

May 19th, 2010
9:40 am

“And taking away a spot & funds at KSU that a law-abiding state resient could have had.”

I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that KSU doesn’t limit their enrollment.

lmno

May 19th, 2010
9:42 am

“If she weren’t a cute little sorority girl, I bet you a nickel no one would pay attention.”

As long as we’re playing the hypothetical game, do you think anyone would care if she were an illegal alien but also a member of the sweedish bikini team?

Pat

May 19th, 2010
9:42 am

Why not just do away with all laws.

Pat

May 19th, 2010
9:43 am

Can we trade her for someone from the sweedish bikini team?

John Birch

May 19th, 2010
9:44 am

We have lax/nonexistent enforcement of our immigration laws because the wealthy and powerful want the illegals here. The cheap labor is good for their businesses and domestic needs. And when you live in gated communities, send your kids to private schools and can afford the best health care, you don’t have to deal with the downside; crowded emergency rooms and public schools, funds devoted to ESOL classes instead of SpecEd or gifted classe, crime, etc. Jessica is a criminal who should be deported asap, but congress and the president (Bush and Obama) are enablers,

Alatsea

May 19th, 2010
9:46 am

Mr. Barr, your vacation is over! Please report for duty.
I agree totally with your opinion. There is no grey area about being in our country Illegally. Lines need to start being drawn on this issue and many others. Time is running out!

Johnny Too Good

May 19th, 2010
9:46 am

local officers need to be able to arrest and detain illegals
they are a problem —–> http://savannahnow.com/latest-news/2010-05-19/man-charged-fatal-checkers-wreck-fails-appear-court

CLEVON LITTLE

May 19th, 2010
9:46 am

She should have gotten of a bus in Mexico last week. GA tax payers once again charged the cost of here education. There are kids from neighboring states that have to pay much more to go to the same University when they are Americans. WHAT IN THE HECK HAS THIS NATION BECOME???????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gator Joe

May 19th, 2010
9:49 am

Bob,
With all due respect, who invited your, and your contributors’ ancestors to the Americas many without any documentation, surely not the aboriginal peoples living here? Once again, if you, or your relatives were suffering hunger, poverty, and bleak economic prospects, then you and they would be entering any way possible, legally or more likely illegally. The answer is a realistic, humane policy for those here undocumented and those to come.