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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steve

May 19th, 2010
9:49 am

What is the argument here? every single alien “BROKE THE LAW!” Our Government, Republican & Democrat, have allowed the invasion of 30 million criminals and is the largest invasion of any Nation, in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution.

This refusal to abide by our Constitution should be classified as Treason as grounds for impeachment & trials for Treason!

Not only have they allowed the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison, Educate the invaders children,free medical care, at the same time the invading horde break numerous laws, massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture and standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE! They walked,rode,swam and drove over here, they can do the same going home! taking thier anchors with them! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btj6IeOFkis&feature=player_embedded

jg

May 19th, 2010
9:49 am

Virtually impossible that we are going to ever round up all the Mexicans and send them back on the Tornado bus across the border. So what if the government comes up with a plan to offer residency (not citizenship)providing stipulations are met? That would include a fine of course, but until the government comes up with a plan all we will continue to see are blogs like this.

mcdavid

May 19th, 2010
9:50 am

The Republican party allowed these people to come in to drive down middle income wage earners but does not want to take care of them and pretends that it is a problem they are interested in. Lke a lot of the Republican causes a lot of noise and efforts in the opposite direction. Shame on the Repulican party. Yes, I wish we had not left the door open but now that these people are here we can not act like they are some sort of crimminal.

John Birch

May 19th, 2010
9:51 am

Rob – An individual that embodies flaws in a system would more appropriately be referred to as a poster child, as in the scumbag Jessica is a poster child for illegal aliens. (Immigrants implies the legal process of immigration, my father was an immigrant, this lying law-breaker is an alien.) A hero is someone who does brave and heroic things, like lying to the cops, driving without a license, you know all th eusual hero stuff. Please post again when your teacher lets you out for recess!

Tom

May 19th, 2010
9:51 am

Here’s a modest compromise that should please everybody: for the liberals, Jessica Colotl gets to finish her degree. For the conservatives, the morning after she graduates, she’s hauled to the steps of the Gold Dome downtown and crucified.

Xiphosura

May 19th, 2010
9:52 am

Perhaps we should turn Cobb County over to Mexico. No sane liberal here would want to get near such a conservetive cesspool.

Cappy47

May 19th, 2010
9:58 am

While I would disagree with Mr. Barr on many things, I agree on this.

Ship em'

May 19th, 2010
10:00 am

Get rid of her, she broke the law. Then go by Roswell Road in Sandy Springs right by 285 and do a roundup of those illegals. Next head up to Buford Highway around the intersection of Chamblee Dunwoody and Buford Highway…..plenty more up there to deport.

Barbara Sherrod

May 19th, 2010
10:06 am

As a senior in High school and freshman in college this coming fall I am a little shocked, disgusted and worried. For one how could someone who is NOT supposed to be here have the audacity to attend college on im sure someone elses dime or possibly taking away a scholarship that a LEGAL immigrant or a nutural born citizen could have used? What has this country come to? I do not believe that illegal immigrants should have any right and they should face jail time if not immediately deported. I am for gay marriage and many other things but allowing someone to go to school on my parents dime and I would have to take out loans I am not for!

Sandra

May 19th, 2010
10:07 am

kolosochek – People who enter the US illegally should not expect that the law will be changed for them. I want to come back to GA but my husband and I will do it legally and file all the paperwork first. We have four US citizen children through me but don’t expect the laws to change just for our convenience.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

May 19th, 2010
10:08 am

Dear Andygrd @ 8:53, we may have to parse the 14th amendment a little closer. First provision:

“Section. 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

The language makes a pretty clear distinction between “person” – which is anyone – and “citizen,” defined as particular type of person. 14th clearly covers “persons” who are not citizens. While states may not “make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens”, neither shall “any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” I assume the drafters of the language used those differing terms for a reason.

BADA BING

May 19th, 2010
10:10 am

Forget the immigration aspect of this case for a minute. If she doesn’t get charged with driving without a license and lying to a police officer,that means that everyone arrested for those offences must get a free walk when they are caught. Equal treatment would mean chaos on our streets.

retiredds

May 19th, 2010
10:14 am

Bob,

When you were a member of Congress you had ample opportunity to pass reasonable immigrant legislation. You and your colleagues failed. So I don’t see Ms. Colotl as the problem. You and the Congress are the problem.

JASon

May 19th, 2010
10:16 am

When people first settled here, they left their homeland behind to start anew. This includes Europeans and Africans alike, who built America into something great. At some point, people began bringing their cultures here. Unfortunately, Americans have willingly allowed this to happen, and these minorities are taking over. Americans have no one to blame but themselves.

BADA BING

May 19th, 2010
10:17 am

Move Jessica in with Obama’s aunt . They will both be on the Gov’t dole and could really save money.

PixiePundit

May 19th, 2010
10:24 am

@Ragnar – actually the language can be interpreted both ways.

Fred

May 19th, 2010
10:26 am

I would like to correct Mr Barr on the statement above ‘…that many people are intent on making this young woman into a martyr of the civil rights movement. For what — driving without a license? ….’ The issue is not about driving without a license. It is about the proceedings to deport this girl. Mr Barr please understand the issue first before commenting.

What About Me?

May 19th, 2010
10:39 am

Hey all, I came from a poor family, so when I was young I got into robbing banks. I got really good at it, and continued to rob banks for the next 20 years. During one robbery, I shot a gaurd and I think he died, but on the positive side, I used the money from that robbery to pay for my college education so that I could become one of the “best and brightest” this country had to offer. Anyone have any issues with this? I mean really, I was young when I started, I knew what I was doing was illegal, and I cost a man his life. But hey, I have my degree, shouldn’t that make up for it?

Rusty G.

May 19th, 2010
10:41 am

Barr is right here. Liberty requires the rule of law, and arbitrary deviations based on emotional appeals are exactly the types of things that have enslaved men to the whims of their self-appointed betters for centuries. This student knowingly stole from American taxpayers. Why is there any discussion on this point? Deport her, send her the bill for her deportation, and bar her from entering the country again.

Immigration is a huge boon to our nation, and it’s high time we thought about expanding our capacity to legally introduce new citizens and residents, and almost as importantly to integrate them into our society. But no rational or coherent libertarian thought would argue that a state ought not to have laws governing its borders, naturalization and immigration! What a fatuous thought, and embarassing!

Enforce the laws. Punish those who don’t obey them. Then work to expand the capacity for legal immigration.

michael gilman

May 19th, 2010
10:56 am

I wonder how the college students feel who got denied a college education from that STATE university when this illegal immigrant was enrolled, while the state continues to take taxes from their paychecks and families’ paychecks.

michael gilman

May 19th, 2010
10:58 am

If state colleges want to be generous and offer a college education to illegal immigrants and foreign students, they should seek private funding and create a separate program for that, not deny working class AMERICAN students enrollment behind foreign students being accepted, and take money from taxpayers.

Sandra

May 19th, 2010
10:59 am

BTW, Amnesties don’t work. I believe it was officially tried in 2002 in the UK on a limited basis and now there are even more illegal immigrants and more flooding in from France. According to the Daily Mail 25 illegal immigrants were found hiding amongst the wine in the back of a truck last Friday.

flixoman

May 19th, 2010
11:00 am

@retiredds: you = fail. Just because the Republicans could not pass immigrant legislation does not mean that current standing laws should not be enforced. Her @ss needs to be deported to Mexico. While we are at it, deport all of the other criminals as well. Do we need legislation reform? Of course we do, but laws should be enforced as is…and with no amnesty.

@Pat: My wife is Swedish and it took a year for all of our immigration papers to process. Her hotness didnt speed up anything.

lmno

May 19th, 2010
11:22 am

“At some point, people began bringing their cultures here. Unfortunately, Americans have willingly allowed this to happen, and these minorities are taking over”

This was the exact language used against the german immigrants. People (mostly British decent) thought that America would become too Germanized.

The Irish went through it as well. Over half of the population of Ireland immigrated here.

If we offer these people a legal way to immigrate here and pay taxes, they will gladly do it. They have no channel in which to legally immigrate and work.

Jefferson

May 19th, 2010
11:27 am

Live & let live, give her a break.

S

May 19th, 2010
11:31 am

@PixelPundit-I didn’t say all that. She lied on the app that’s a fact, but she didn’t have to because KSW would have admitted her anyway per their own policy as an undocumented student, yet, having to pay a higher tuition rate. At least this what they imply…

Over the years there has been a push to allow undocumented students the benefit of in state tuition. GA H.B. 1810 attempted to address the eligibility of undocumented students for the Hope Scholarship. This was back in 2001 I believe. Also GA S.B. 529 speaks to public benefits being offered to undocumented students but more so as it pertains to the federal statue. The Personal Responsibility Work and Opportunity Reconciliation act prevents undocumented persons from receiving public benefits pertaining to education, but doesn’t deny that education. In 1982 (I was a teen then but I remember it being in the news) there was a supreme court case Plyler v. Doe in which the court stated that a state could not deny funding for education of children who were undocumented immigrants.

Immigration laws are convoluted and can be confusing, but with a little research you’ll find that the U.S. does not prevent undocumented persons from attending college here. They just don’t allow public funds to go towards that education which seems to be a contradiction. In Texas along the border children who are Mexican residents crossover everyday, legitimately to attend American public schools and when the day is done they go home-back to Mexico.. And they are not crossing at some obscure spot, they’re coming right through the check point past border officials who open the gates because that’s been the routine historically. Don’t take my word for it Google it it’s in the news.

So, suffice it to say, this young lady, though wrong in her actions is a minor blip compared to the bigger issue at hand..

Juri Prudence

May 19th, 2010
12:19 pm

The “real” heroes are all of you descendants of immigrants, you phony defenders of law and order, smug enough to call her names and demand she be thrown out. Your the worst mankind has to offer, if there is a God/heaven, I hope St. Peter asks for your papers kicks you to the curb….

The Tar and Feathers Party

May 19th, 2010
12:37 pm

NUKE MEXICO CITY NOW.

flixoman

May 19th, 2010
12:39 pm

Normally – I would not feed the trolls…but…

@Juri Prudence: FOAD.

andygrd

May 19th, 2010
12:41 pm

Ragnar Danneskjold @10:08

Good Points, however, person is defined in the words of the 14th Amendment: “14th Amendment,
Amendment XIV, Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Persons are there defined as born or naturalized in the United States.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868, and granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person “life, liberty or property, without due process of law” or to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment.
Section 1, arguably the most far-reaching section of the Fourteenth Amendment, formally defines citizenship and protects a person’s civil and political rights from being abridged or denied by any state. This represented the Congress’s reversal of that portion of the Dred Scott decision, which ruled that black people were not and could not become citizens of the United States or enjoy any of the privileges and immunities of citizenship.[1] The Civil Rights Act of 1866 had already granted U.S. citizenship to all persons born in the United States; the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment added this principle into the Constitution to prevent the Supreme Court from ruling the Civil Rights Act of 1866 to be unconstitutional for lack of congressional authority to enact such a law or a future Congress from altering it by a mere majority vote.
This section was also in response to the Black Codes which southern states had passed in the wake of the Thirteenth Amendment, which ended slavery in the United States.[2] Those laws attempted to return freed slaves to something like their former condition by, among other things, restricting their movement, forcing them to enter into year-long labor contracts, and by preventing them from suing or testifying in court.[3] Section 1 also includes a formal definition of citizenship.
Now looking at civil and political rights. Civil and political rights were among the first to be recognized and codified. In many countries, they are constitutional rights and are included in a bill of rights or similar document. They are also defined in international human rights instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
A constitutional right is a freedom granted by a government’s constitution (on the national or sub-national level), and may not be legally denied by that government.

I don’t agree with your position, based upon the above. However, I sure enjoyed thinking about it and performing some research… it does keep the mind working.

retiredds

May 19th, 2010
12:53 pm

flixoman, looks like I ruffled your feathers. too bad

Jeff Fryer

May 19th, 2010
12:56 pm

Coloti’s no hero.

Vince Calhoun

May 19th, 2010
1:19 pm

Deport all illegal aliens. It is a horrible injustice not to do so and direct violation of U.S. law, which is the law that protects the U.S. citizen from invasion, and displacement by foreign non-citizens.
Our Federal Government, which is chartered to defend the citizen against
foreign invasion has abandoned us. Today, our citizens are invaded by millions of illegal alien squatters whose presence among us causes citizens to loose jobs and carry an enormous public services support load in the for of taxes. The U.S. citizen ie being discriminated against in favor of alien invaders! Absurd, but true!

Juri Prudence

May 19th, 2010
1:20 pm

Flixo, your wife should deported for being dumb enough to sleep with you…..

PixiePundit

May 19th, 2010
1:26 pm

Oh yes, flinging insults is SO mature and productive. /sigh

Mark

May 19th, 2010
1:30 pm

Some of you need to take a valium. I agree with Bob Barr’s position. This young woman broke the law, and should be held accountable. Since these offensives are generally not treated as major crimes, this would normally mean deportation. Giving her an extra year’s residency to finish her education is inappropriate. She can finish it in Mexico, or go back and apply for a student visa so she can finish it. The real lesson would be about following the rules.

I have many friends who have followed the rules, moved to this country legally, and become citizens with all of the rights that represents. I resent the fact that this woman’s family broke the laws and entered this country and stayed illegally, and now we are rewarding her before someone else.

I hear the comments about her paying her taxes, etc. and wonder what that has to do with it. I also pay my taxes, and I obey the laws. I also have a son at Kennesaw, and he pays his taxes, and any fees not covered by Hope. Since the demand for an education at Kennesaw is high, some of his desired classes have been full, and others are over crowded. Is this fair to him?

Ms. Colotl is not a hero, and her parents did her a disservice by not bringing her here legally. The crime was committed years ago, and the fact is that each day it was allowed to continue, it hurt her and us. If anything she is a symbol of why we need to start enforcing the laws. Reform them if desired, but whatever they are we should enforce them.

Captain America

May 19th, 2010
1:34 pm

“This has been the goal of the Republican party all along; to make sure the border is open and that lots of uneducated poor pour across. Now they will have a criminal corporations and business owners that will contribute to the Republican party 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.

Republicans don’t care how many problems these illegal aliens cause. They want those contributions and bribes. 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.”

Fixed it for you Buzz. No charge.

MStar

May 19th, 2010
1:53 pm

“..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…”

Did she even have an option? How/When/Where? Maybe you need to read 101 Intro to Immigration Law in the United States.

Cissy

May 19th, 2010
2:35 pm

Mr. Broz, please learn the meaning of “fascist.” Like so many of us, you have misused the word.

"Idiots..idiots everywhere!"

May 19th, 2010
6:47 pm

“Gwinnett County is one of the few that allows registration of cars WITHOUT providing a drivers license”

That’s a flat out LIE. I just renewed my tag today and there were signs all over the place asking that we have our licenses out and ready for faster service.

Michael

May 19th, 2010
7:29 pm

My tax $$ at work!
If I send my kids to Mexico would they get the same benefits?
I stand in line at a bank watching our dollars go to a foreign country and it isn’t even taxed! Try that in reverse. Our country is rolling over and cowering to a corrupt government and criminal society!

Wait ’till MS13 shows up crawling through YOUR back window! They commit crimes and get deported IF we;re lucky. They are back within days… unless they want to visit somebody awhile and aonly wanted the free trip. I know, I have worked with shovels and wheelbarrows right beside them! A foreigner can come to Texas and get in-state resident tuition. If my kids go to Louisiana a few miles away they pay tons more in out of state/non-resident tuition. Justice? How many of them become educated here on our dime and return to use their new abilitoes to REFORM THEIR COUNTRY so that they would want to stay there?

Jeff Fryer

May 19th, 2010
7:31 pm

The First Lady had an interesting exchange about Obama’s intentions to rid the country of any paperless aliens with a schoolchild of an illegal immigrant in front of Mexico’s First Senorita today. Out of the mouths of illegal babes! Michelle answered the future truant and hard core delinquent job-stealing brat with a bromide about working to make sure everyone has papers.

I think it was a Zen moment for The Daily Show.

Michael H. Smith

May 19th, 2010
8:27 pm

“Social Justice is no substitute for Equal Justice under the law”.

Jeremy

May 19th, 2010
9:35 pm

Thank you Bob Barr.

Our immigration system real is in a mess. We have laws we do not enforce for fear of being called racist. Borders we that we underfund patrol for fear of being accused of militarizing our borders. Unlicensed and uninsured drivers that we give a ticket then turn back loose onto the road, and often can not collect the fine because of alias names. Public higher education systems that are already bleed dry of funding being pushed for larger enrollments and better graduation rates, and now they are getting pulled into the immigration issue. What few job openings there are have legal workers and citizens competing against undocumented workers and workers with alias names/identification.

Yea, I do have to agree with her on that one point. Our immigration system is a mess.

Zjak

May 19th, 2010
11:54 pm

Obviously Michael Broz hasn’t been to Europe, I’ve lived in Europe, and I’ve been stopped many times by the French Gendarmes demanding to see a valid visa, because I spoke with a funny French accent. The Europeans know how to enforce their laws, they stop you on the street and ask for identification. Now AZ’s law is minor compared to theirs, so why don’t you go live in France for a few years and speak with your drawl, you’ll be harassed by the gendarmes.

Now for this young lady, she broke the law, simple, either she should be deported or get a really good lawyer to take up her case to court. She could be bright and smart, but again the law is the law.

[...] they need to be resolved.  But let’s not get carried away; Jessica Colotl is no hero. SOURCE : AJC.com -  May 19, 2010 -  Bob [...]

Jeff Fryer

May 20th, 2010
7:48 am

What did the first lady know, and when did she know it? That little illegal schoolchyle ain’t no hero neither. The first lady ain’t no heroine.

There’s nuthin’ heroic about illegal aliens. That’s for sure.

That’s for DANG sure.

TJAtl

May 20th, 2010
8:27 am

If some of you could put aside your righteous indignation for a moment, there are some legitimate issues here:

Regarding the idea that “Ms.COLOTI chose not to become an AMERICAN CITIZEN…Both she & her parents had years to began the process….” — Um, no. There is no “process” once they are here, even for someone brought here as a child not of their free will. And she can’t go back to Mexico and just apply for a green card if she has no employer or other sponsor. The notion that she “chose not to do anything” about her status, which upsets so many on this blog, *is just false*.

The only other real option open to her was to leave her family (and the entire life she knows) and go back to a country that is now pretty much foreign to her and support herself. If it were known that she had lived here illegally, she would have to wait something like 7 years to apply for a visa, if she could even get one.

How many of you rallied to keep Elian Gonzales here because his mother was so noble to flee the oppression of Castro? He had a father and a life in Cuba to go back to.

Jessica was wrong to drive without a valid GA license. This state does not allow undocumented people to get a license, so she can’t be faulted for not getting one — just for driving without one.

The schools and colleges here DO allow undocumented students to attend. She broke no rules there. She should NOT have received in-state tuition, however.

Bob, I’m afraid you’re pandering here. It’s obvious from your wording that you KNOW there are legitimate conflicts to discuss and resolve in this case, but instead of starting a thoughtful discussion of the actual issues you have resorted to flame-baiting with the “not a hero” slogan. Your articles usually have much more meat than this. Grandstanding and whipping up vitriol are great ways to win elections, but they do not move meaningful dialogue forward.

Jeff Fryer

May 20th, 2010
12:11 pm

Bob Barr is the hero here. That illegal student ain’t fit to serve gyros at restaurants for minimum wage. She ain’t no hero. She’s nothing but an outlaw. Well we law and order citizens know what to do with outlaws.

Schwartzkopf once said, “It doesn’t take a hero.”. Well, if he were a talkin’ ’bout illegal aliens student trouble makers, then he were right, dawg.

It DOES take a hero. It does!

It takes a hero to rid this country of the non heroes.

Jimmy62

May 20th, 2010
1:15 pm

To Mr. Barr’s critics, where do you draw the line? Which illegal immigrants are good and worth keeping, and which are not good? Yes, this girl is bright and gets good grades. She’s also knowingly committed several crimes, which doesn’t speak a lot for her good judgement. Personally I’m all for raising the number of LEGAL immigrants allowed into our country, but if there’s a line to be drawn, I would say people who purposefully break laws don’t make the cut. Whose to say she won’t use her taxpayer funded education to break more laws, maybe become the next Madoff? She’s already shown a tendency to break laws she doesn’t like, so she’s lost any trust I might have had for her.