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.

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.

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.

DoBoy

May 20th, 2010
1:59 pm

I disagree with Bob Barr 90+% of the time, but he’s spot on in this article.

Ms. Coloti and her parents broke the law. We can argue about the justness of the law, but she absolutely broke the law and should be made to suffer the appropriate punishment under law.

She’s hardly a hero.

IMB

May 20th, 2010
2:01 pm

Unless you are a Native American Indian or from a Colony like Puerto Rico all of us are here because a person in your family came here looking for a better life. Unfortunately, long are the days when people that worked hard could achieve success. The INS has created so many expensive hoops and red tape for people to jump through that it’s not as easy as filling out an application to be a resident. It’s not like applying for a bank loan, the process is created to stop people from integrating our government and society, not to help them legally join and contribute to society. They rather people stay illegal I guess. Long gone are the days when our country promoted: “Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The American government would rather spend money in a pointless war and in a senseless space program. I only pray some good Samaritan with money helps this child and she can get her education, and then I hope she moves to Canada or Europe and contributes her talent to a country that doesn’t fake liberty and equality.

Chuck

May 20th, 2010
2:53 pm

Mr. Barr,

I’m just curious about your family’s heritage. Did they emmigrate here from Europe before the Revolutionary War or after? Or did they show up at Ellis Island and get processed with everyone else like my ancestors did?

We don’t have an Ellis Island in the middle of the Rio Grande. We don’t have a way for a girl who was brought to America at ten years old by her parents to assimilate and become a citizen. Instead, we have a law in Georgia making it impossible for a girl brought to America as a child to get a drivers license. Then, we use that law as a way to deport her as soon as she’s caught driving.

Are we going to expect her to survive back in Mexico when she gets deported? She’s close to graduating from KSU. She should be able to get a decent, well-paying job. She should be able to pay taxes, contribute to Medicare and Social Security, buy a home and contribute to society. But, instead, you want to punish her for her parents’ sins because the laws were written to make it impossible for her to succeed here unless she lies.

All I hear from the Right is that we need to build a fence (on the Mexican border, of course–don’t worry about those pesky White Canadians) and keep us safe. Building the Great Wall of America on our Southern border won’t solve the problem. The truth is that not a single Conservative can give me an honest answer about what we should do with the 20 million illegal immigrants already here. Are you going to really round up 20 million people and deport them? Seriously?

“No Amnesty!!!!” That’s the cry I hear. These are the same people, of course, who don’t believe that insider trading should be a crime, but I digress.

Jania

May 20th, 2010
6:55 pm

I am really getting tired of people calling this racial profiling. First of all she is an illegal. Do people understand the definition of the word illegal? I guess not. She also broke our laws and cheated our system. She gave false information to the authorities, which is a felony in the state of Georgia. If she has or had her car registered did she steal someone’s information in order to do so? She needs to pay for her actions. Her parents did not tell her to lie, write down false information on her college transcripts, and lie about her illegal status. She is no longer 11 years old but a 21 year old women who is capable of making her own choices and decisions. She chose to lie and give false information. She should be penalized for her actions. I like how everyone screams racism this has nothing to do with racism. It has to do with being here illegally and breaking the law. If a white male did the same thing he would be thrown into jail. Look at the Harvard student who falsified his college documents and transcripts he is now is jail. What makes her so special?? She has no rights here since she is not a citizen. Why should we just give her a slap on the wrist and say she did nothing wrong when she cheated the system. If she wants to finish school she NEEDS to apply for a Visa and do it the correct way and pay back any sort of HOPE money she acquired seeing she had a 3.8 GPA in HS and pay back the instate tuition she owes. It is not fair to legal immigrants who come here to learn and are sent back to their country because their Visa(s) expire. Why do the illegals get more privileges and rights then American Citizens, Legal Immigrants, and students from other countries who come here on a VISA? Where is the justice in that? She is an illegal. She broke the law and does not deserve any special accommodations. We have laws for a purpose and I guess it is okay for Illegals to break those laws but when citizens break those laws we have to pay the penalty.

Michael H. Smith

May 20th, 2010
6:57 pm

Chuck

May 20th, 2010
2:53 pm

The truth is that not a single Conservative can give me an honest answer about what we should do with the 20 million illegal immigrants already here. Are you going to really round up 20 million people and deport them? Seriously?

How much money are you willing to lose Chuck?

loulalay

May 21st, 2010
12:18 am

god never run no wire fence or border lets be nice we all are people god love us all thats the problem with the world today to much haters first class and second class citizen who ganna judge some of you not me but god

Anne M

May 21st, 2010
7:20 am

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.

You are not well-informed;immigrants rioted in both France & Italy in the past year,resulting in fatalities.Immigration/assimilation is a huge issue in Great Britain now.

Dana

May 21st, 2010
11:49 pm

So out of all the evil crimes in the world she was driving without a license! Wow. Is this all it take to throw some one under the bus. So many average american revoked license drunkards are on the road right now. And you critisize her for being educated; does she not have that right. Sorry but realistically so many of our fortuante americans don’t take advantage of their beneifts. Every one doesn’t want to finish school or even graduate from high school. So what she has a dream and she actually went for it. Lets get this straight America does not give financial aid or any other school help to illegal aliens. Immigrants do not receive housing, welfare , foodstamps, or medicaid. All of that is BS. Everything they have they work hard for it! And yes they work for lower wages but not because they want to but because they have too. If you ask me this is modern slavery. America knows exactly where every illigal immigrant is how do they allow them to buy cars, houses, go to public school. Believe it or not they do know exactly where they all are but they are not going to rush them all out of the country because they are actually helping the economy. When the recession hit who were the only ones still working the immigrants. And every company that hires them takes taxes out of their checks every week and at the end of the year they don’t file taxes and so where does this money go. Well it stays with good ole uncle sam to help the majority of single middle class white women that are the majority on welfare. Research your info or ask someone who is really dealing with the issues and don’t always believe what your tv tells you. All they are doing is promoting hate. Who will we hate next? Yes people always say just get your papers like everybody else, but the truth is if it was that easy do you think people would be dying in deserts to cross a border. These people sacrifice there lives and leave everything behind for a better life and the truth is America makes it damn near impossible for these people to get papers. ITs as simple as a law saying mexicans can’t be citizens and thats it. And so many other countries too. People are inconsiderate because it is not their shoes but it shouldn’t matter we are all humans are we not? No matter how much they say immigrants are treated humanely they are not! They are hunted like dogs on those borders and most of the time they are just young boys or families. This is how far we have come in 2010 to be discussing civil rights its like what nerve…..didn’t the europeans and spainards kill the indians and walk them off the land in the trail of tears after they tought them to cultivate the land (thanksgiving) more like thanks for giving it. This land was stolen inhumanely and history is repeating itself by walking these people off the land. They were here First. Do your history. Or change history. We are generation X lets do things like they have never been done before. And as far as the rest of you on this ego power trip…..get over it. Times are changing.

Soudan

May 22nd, 2010
7:14 am

As an American of African decent I would like to ask:
Is anyone going to address “Ask A Native”’s questions?
They seem like valid immigration concerns

Native Response

May 22nd, 2010
5:29 pm

SOUDAN: I don’t see any valid immigration question from Ask A Native, except dwelling on the philosophical argument that we are all illegals and the Native Indians are the legal ones. Is that her/his point?

Following that thought, lets go back to the time when the continents are connected by land bridges ** grin ** are you sure its the indians that are natives here? are you sure?? Any anthropologist around? If none, let’s ask the theologeans– where did Noah’s decendants go after the flood? Did some make it to N. America? Perhaps they are the real natives and the indians illegals themselves… Does that satisfy Ask The Native questions??

Now here is my serious thoughts of the topic. We are a nation of immigrants, but legal ones. We went through Ellis Island, to LAX/SFO/CHI/etc ports-of entries, etc.At the time the English discovered America, there were no borders yet, there were no Laws (OK you can argue that there are oral laws of the indians) PUBLISHED and hence NO laws violated. The indians were even fighting among themselves because they cannot even define their own tribal borders. My great grandparents were from Asia and I learned that during their time, clear as much land as you can and its yours, it was a written decree made to all. Later the government that prevailed granted legal bounderies on those lands. NOWADAYS, it is a written decree for ALL nations and ALL peoples that the United States of America has known bounderies and people of other nationalities should respect that as we respect theirs.

G. RAMIREZ

May 23rd, 2010
3:38 am

I’m Latino, Democrat, Gay, and I support this Arizona law!

The fact is, illegal aliens have “more” rights than gay people. Illegal aliens can see their opposite sex partners in hospitals, and up until over a month ago when Obama signed an executive order allowing same-sex couples to see one another in hospitals, same sex couples would have been continually barred from seeing one another. Illegal aliens can marry an American citizen, gay people cannot marry in most states in the US. Illegal aliens can march on Washington and request some type of amnesty from a president who supports selective amnesty, gay people can march on Washington, but Obama doesn’t support same sex marriage.

Adult Illegal aliens broke the law entering our country and are using their “anchor babies” (born here in the USA) to anchor onto benefits that taxpayers pay for which include: public housing, free rent, food stamps, and free healthcare. When adult illegal aliens or their children go to the emergency room, it’s mandated by law that they be treated. Guess who pays for the bill? YOU! You pay for it in the form of HIGHER healthcare costs and rising premiums! And for the “anchor babies” you also pay for their state-funded Medicaid and the cost to educate them and others in the public school system throughout the country!

There’s really nothing to stop them from having more kids in order to convince a judge to let them stay in the US. On the other hand, many states don’t allow gay Americans to adopt children.

Illegal aliens should all be deported now. We need to end birthright citizenship for anchor babies, and deny illegals access to basic social services. Americans are ultimately left to pick up the bill for the billions in services they receive for free all the while paying nothing into the system and then sending all their earned money back to Mexico to help our their country, not ours.

Citizens paying taxes into the system, regardless of sexual orientation, should come FIRST.

Lee

May 23rd, 2010
11:11 am

The politically correct pathogens cannot understand why most Americans are fed up with the ILLEGAL ALIEN. Perhaps this story will shed some light:

http://www.king5.com/news/local/Investigators-Edmonds-rape-suspect-deported-nine-times-94637479.html

Luisa48

May 24th, 2010
8:03 pm

I believe in obeying the laws of this country the USA ….period….

Luisa48

May 24th, 2010
8:07 pm

If we went to Mexico to live and start a business without citizenship of that country, they would throw us in their barbaric jails and forget about us. It would be difficult to get out of there if you can’t hire a good lawyer from the USA. Mexicans want rights here but the Mexicans in Mexico won’t give us our rights in their country. And it’s no longer safe to go to there country anyway.

Luisa48

May 24th, 2010
8:12 pm

I am not a racist, I just don’t want aliens (red, white, black, brown etc) coming to this country to cause trouble. I don’t want murderers, drug pushers, thieves, pedophiles, perverts, and those who do not love this country to come here to live. This country is for law abiding humans who are going to obey the laws of this land who are peace makers. We love this country and we want to keep it safe for the citizens who live here.

A college student.

May 26th, 2010
11:09 am

First of all I want to say that I technically have an illegal status here. NOT because I came here illegally, SINCE I CAME HERE BY PLANE WITH A VISA WHEN I WAS 11 YEARS OLD, but becuase I along with my mother stayed here to live. I am now 20 years old and I am attending community college. To all the people who say “ILLEGALS ARE TAKING MY MONEY,” well sorry to say we are not. In high school I was involved in everything, fooball, wrestling, band, latin club, and student council, oh and I almost forgot to mention I was a member of the national honor society. My mom, ALTHOUGH AN ILLEGAL, has been paying taxes every year to this amazing country for your “legal” children to go to college with financial aid and loans, yet that doesn’t allow me to get any of the money my mom is paying in taxes, because ALTHOUGH she can pay taxes SHE CANT LEGALLY FILE AN INCOME TAX RETURN OR ANY OTHER TAX RETURN WHATSOEVER. I managed to get a band scholarship that gave me enough for the first year of comunity college. And this next year we gotta pull out money out of our own pocket. The band scholarship was for all seniors and out of about 20 seniors 4 people applied for it, so where’s the “MANY LEGAL CITIZENS” THAT I AM TAKING COLLEGE TUITION FROM???? Answer: none. If your child was beat to a scholarship by an “illegal” then it is because that Illegal child was more QUALIFIED for it. This is a great country that I have lived in basically half my life, yet I can’t get a drivers license, I can’t get a job, can’t even get an id, can’t apply for student financial aid (yet my mom is paying taxes). I never got in trouble in school, so I’m not a trouble maker, don’t brake no laws, yet I have citizen friends that brake laws everyday, ex. Drinking underage, driving intoxicated, runnning from the cops, smoking pot. Yet that’s overlooked becuase he is a citizen??? Ohh and by the way he is not black or Hispanic, he is white with blue eyes and is very smart, and he is studying engineering at Texas a&m. All Im trying to have is an opportunity here to make something of myself. I don’t wanna go back to my country of origin. I grew up here, my life is here, why should I have to go??

billy bob

May 27th, 2010
8:19 pm

why should someone that is technically not allowed be allowed?

Joe

May 27th, 2010
8:41 pm

I am filled with distain for those who come to my country illegally, and are breaking my laws and showing this lack of respect. Then demanding we change our laws to suit them. We don’t need to change any laws, we need to ENFORCE EXISTING laws. SECURE THE BORDERS. When a terrorist enters from Mexico and/or Canada, that will be more devastating politically than ever upsetting the Latinos.

Rowdy Boots

May 27th, 2010
9:15 pm

Yes, this is a major civil rights case.

Only white males are exempt from having civil rights.

Remember, you white males (I am Italian so I do not consider myself involved with this perverted color system) do not have rights–you had too many before so we took them away from you!

lol, yes, I am not a racist, but if you disagree with this Italian you are a racist (see Code # 333 under the New Progressive Rights Act for A Facist World–it says: Anyone complaining about a racist attack shall be heard and have the full force of the United States Military on their side, unless such victim is white, male and alive.)

Have a Nice Socialist Fascist Holiday FOOOLS.
Rowdy Boots

Caring Citizen

May 27th, 2010
11:23 pm

to a college student:

I understand that you were brought here by your mother and kept here against your will. No one asked your mother to work and pay taxes. She made the choice to stay here illegally and work illegally and send you to school illegally,

Our laws are our laws and you and your mother have disrespected our laws and all legal status people now in America. I truly understand that your country may not be the best in the world, but it’s up to you to change it, not our responsibility to do it for you nor should we be forced to accept you without reguards to our laws. You and your mom can go home and try to enter our country legally again and start over. You do not have a right to stay here. No non-citizen does.

I think all illegals and their children should be send home. We showed compassion in the 80’s to illegals already here and all it did was to cause a flood of more illegals. Close the boarders, deport the illegals, and enforce the laws on the books now. Oh, and vote the commies out of office!

John

May 28th, 2010
7:05 am

Every time I go to the food store there are people that I know and every one else knows is here illegally yet they whipp out there Georgia peach food stamp card and the people of GA pay for a load of food. HOW DO THEY GET THESE CARDS! If i go apply they want to know all about me! SS# DL# were i work?How much I make? What do they ask these people????

Chad B

May 28th, 2010
7:22 am

Michael Broz-

Well ” ….rich European countries adjacent to poor ones seem have fewer illegal immigration issues” than us for fairly simple reasons.
(1) No way you are getting any kind of job in those places if you are not there legally.
(2) If you are there illegally, you will be deported without any angst.

I suspect those two things implemented here would yield the same results, there are many ways to implement each.

Vic Bailey

May 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

Laws are Laws unless you are a lawyer or an INVADER. Laws were only made for the normal law abiding citizen everything else is excluded!!! Such as Senators, Congress, Presidents, Federal Judges, Police,any Politicial S.O.B.’s such as Mayors, Governers, all the rest of the working people that have built and keep this country running are governed by the crooked laws that only lawyers understand. The working man makes the money and the non-working steal it. And we’re supposed to like it and ask for more injustice, because it isn’t bad enough that our families aren’t safe on any street anywhere in America, but they will plea bargin for a murder’s life after he killed a whole family. But a rapist and that same murderer will be out in 7 years, to do it again. You think you have rights? THINK AGAIN!!! Just like George Carlin said, The Great American Dream, You Have To Be Asleep To Have IT!!!! The only ones are getting the American Dream are the Crooks and INVADERS of our once great country. I know our forefathers are proud of us, and of the cowardice we have shown this crooked Socialist Government!! So, you all stay asleep and your American Dream Will Come To You!!!

Disgusted

May 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

Since when is coming here illegally, residing here illegally, working and/or driving illegally, etc., are not crimes? Since when have all these things become “civil rights” as long as you are an illegal alien?

Barbara

May 31st, 2010
10:43 am

Barr
The Republican Party is just as receptive to illegal’s as the Democratic leadership as their constitutes use them as a form of cheap labor. Ronald Regan was the first to offer amnesty to illegal’s in the 80’s. That did not fix the problem these people are here because they find work as landscapers, maids, nannies, and the home owner who needs some work done for cheap. Don’t blame one party as both sides have a dog in this fight. Also the largest concentration of states with illegal’s voted Republican. Texas, Arizona, Florida, Utah. They also have Republican governors and offer college education to illegal students. That’s the problem everyone wants to blame a political group rather than ban together as Americans and say fix this issue. EVERYONE should come here legally no exceptions. This young woman is no Rosa Park her civil rights are not violated.

Barbara

May 31st, 2010
11:07 am

A college student

How can your mother pay taxes if she has no social security number? Why don’t both you and your mother apply for residency? Why did you and your mother over stay your visa allowing you into this country? I understand your desire to remain here however your wrongs don’t make a right. I agree that you worked hard for the scholarship and was awarded it bases on you meeting qualifications. The problem I and most people have is that you are here illegally the question of the behavior of US citizens is another issue altogether. You are attempting to assimilate into the American society and continue the build this great country. Other seem bent on only taking and refusing to learn English which cost in educating their children, Public forms printed in several languages and the medical cost paid by tax payers is maddening. Do the right thing go thru the process and become legal. This country was built with the blood, sweat and tears of many people. You do not get a pass because it will be difficult to correct your illegal status.

ozz,

May 31st, 2010
9:53 pm

In reading these posts it seems apparent many of the writers are probably illegally in the country as the subject girl. Many of the writers are right in that she is not a hero, but a thief, liar, and an illegal alien. BFD if she is in school, and even of she was a 4.0 student it don;t take away the fact she is an illegal, and she well know such. As one of the other writers I too was rear ended by an illegal, no license, no insurance, spoke no English, and 2 Mexican cops let her drive away, they gave me their alleged names and address. Their car was not registered to them.Surprise either they lied about who they were and where they lived, as when I went (with a Mexican friend) there to where they were supposed to live, and the place was vacant. The neighbors did not know of them. And in several trips by the address their car was never around. About $2000 in damages. I am all for deporting them all immediately if they can not provide positive proof of citizenship. I am not anti Mexican, as I have had a couple Mexican
neighbors for over 25 years, and they are wonderful people, and legal. I have had many Mexican employees over the years ( some of whom were probably illegal) before they have become so blatantly arrogant. Today I have no compassion for any of the illegal’s. The clown with the mayflower (in this post-and likely an illegal himself). In the subject of deporting any/all illegal’s goes all the way to Obama, if he continues to refuse to provide proof of being a natural born citizen or if he is unable to do so. It is proven he is a liar, and has several social security card (numbers), the one he is presently using as president was issued more than before he was born. I guess he started young ??? And I am a firm believer he is illegally holding the office of president, and at this time I question if he is even a citizen. I all for Obama being impeached and tried (but not by the sorry assed congress) (preferably by a military court as he is commander in chief)for treason, federal fraud, and countless other charges. I firmly believe he ought to spend the rest of his life in federal prison for his efforts in his destroying this country. Also any/all other who are aiding and abetting his fraud ought to be tried for treason. For the simple minded ones who might read this my family history goes back to native Americans (Indian for the slow thinkers). And for the benefit of those who feel it necessary to respond back (patricianly negatively) know in advance I will not be back on the site to read it, so have at it. I have typed this slow so you can understand it ;-}

Doug Denehie

June 2nd, 2010
4:42 am

Mr Broz; Not only are you incorrect in your assumptions, your comparison of our immigrant situation to other modern rich countries leaves out “many facts”. The only reason America is having this problem is that through selective application of the law we afford illegals “all” the benefits od citizenship without the trouble of obtaining it. That is completely illegal according to Federal law but thr Feds and many states have chosen to ignor those laws or simply dictate through burecratic edit, therefore trampling the law. All those issue you say we shouldn’t have are the result of this willingness to selectively apply the law. Those other country’s you compare us to don’t do that.

Aaron humes

June 8th, 2010
4:40 pm

Either she IS legal or she AIN’T.

How can a topic with no gray area become so confusing?

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