The U.S. needs college students like Jessica Colotl

WASHINGTON —  If immigrants represented the best and the brightest, we’d eagerly welcome them into the United States, right? If they learned to speak English. If they were strivers and achievers. If they worked hard and reached for the brass ring, we wouldn’t deny them the opportunity to join the American mainstream. Would we?

Yes, we would.

Jessica Colotl, 21, is a senior at Kennesaw State University, a political science major and a member of Lambda Theta Alpha, a college sorority. She wants to attend law school.

However, she came to this country illegally, with her parents, when she was a child. And her detractors don’t care what she’s accomplished since then. They want to send her back to Mexico, a country she barely knows.

Following a routine traffic stop on campus in late March, Colotl was arrested and sent to a federal detention facility to await deportation. After an outcry by friends and support from faculty members, immigration authorities agreed to defer action on her deportation for a year, giving her time to finish her undergraduate degree. Said college president Daniel Papp, “We are especially thrilled she will be allowed to continue her studies here at KSU.”

But that has infuriated some hardliners. For them, Colotl’s illegal entry is the most salient fact on her resume, her lack of a green card more important than her grade-point average. Her academic achievement, her English skills, her all-American sorority girl status — none of that placates the “WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL DON’T THEY UNDERSTAND?” crowd. As one suburban Atlanta newspaper columnist wrote, “Most citizens don’t care how much ‘potential’ the young lady has.”

The uproar, though ugly, accomplishes something important: It brushes away the layers of pretense, polite subterfuge and politically acceptable criticism. The truth is laid bare: We’re a recession-weary nation wrestling with a bout of brutal, racially-tinged nativism — seeking scapegoats for economic failure, unsettled by demographic upheaval, unable to cope with a flatter world.

The intense backlash against undocumented immigrants — especially those from south of the border — isn’t really a reaction to overtaxed public services or rising crime. (In most of the country, including Arizona, crime is down.) Instead, it’s a backlash against the dizzying pace of change, against a cultural landscape growing more diverse, against a voting base growing browner with each census.

Arizona’s ugly immigration law — which, according to polls, is supported by a majority of Americans — is one sign of the harsh climate toward those without papers. Other signs dot the political landscape: Sen. John McCain’s retreat from his earlier embrace of comprehensive immigration reform; the reluctance of a Democratic Congress to wade into the debate before mid-term elections; the eagerness of other states to copy Arizona’s brand of apartheid.

Even the nation’s Latino Republicans feel the fury of their neighbors’ xenophobia. Writing on a conservative Web site, Robert Gonzalez, a Mexican-American attorney and a Republican, described the discomfort he felt as he overheard campaign volunteers, whom he had enlisted to work in Tucson for George W. Bush, talk about Mexican immigrants:

“Some of the things I heard coming from these volunteers, regarding “the Mexicans,” shook me: about how they should be kept out, about how the border fence could not be built high enough, made it seem as if we were the real threat to American society,” he wrote.

In Georgia, Colotl’s troubles continue. She is in the gun sights of a local sheriff who says she gave him a fake address  (lying to law enforcement authorities is a crime) and of anti-immigration activists who have made her an unlikely symbol of a failed system that, they claim, unfairly subsidizes illegal immigrants. GOP gubernatorial candidate Eric Johnson, meanwhile, has proposed that illegal immigrants be shut out of the state’s colleges and universities, a plan that represents an embarrassing step backward.

But Johnson’s proposal has this virtue: It makes clear that he doesn’t care how well undocumented immigrants speak English.

845 comments Add your comment

Joel

May 14th, 2010
12:47 pm

JC- Jesus wept (John 11:35) and continues to weep over lawlessness.

David Granger

May 14th, 2010
12:47 pm

You mean the kind of student who…not only is in the country illegally with an expired passport…but who drives with no legitimate drivers license, and then deliberately lies to a police officer…and (the most outrageous part of all) who wants to be a LAWYER?
One thing’s for sure. She’d make the perfect Democrat.

Down in Albany

May 14th, 2010
12:47 pm

Elvis: Illegals DO NOT pay income taxes. They are undocumented, after all. They do not have social security numbers, for crying out loud. (dang, Democratic talking points!)

WTF???

May 14th, 2010
12:49 pm

I can’t believe ICE was going to let this illegal immigrant finish her degree! My brother in law is from Africa, came here completely legally to get a degree. His school would not allow him to get a social security number so he could not get a job to help with his tuition costs. After 5 years of going to college full time, part time, whatever he could do to get his education, his visa expired and like clockwork ICE picked him up and was going through deportation proceedings until we were able to hire an immigration attorney to get the government to allow him to get back into school. And this illegal immigrant fool with no rights has more rights than someone who came here legally and scraped and scrounged just to stay in school. Send her butt and her family back across the border and put them all on the no entry list. This is an outrage and all those teeny boppers that are protesting don’t fully realize yet that when they are in the work force their stupidity will be paid for by more of the same joblessness and economic strife caused be these illegals ruining our country’s infrastructure and crooked politicians turning a blind eye to it all because they were making millions off the whole thing! PIZZ OFF illegals, you’re lucky our country doesn’t have nazi type policies of rounding up the undesirables, but it may come to that one day.

blutto

May 14th, 2010
12:55 pm

VIRTUES are clear, unchanging and easily understood. VALUES are muddled and subject to change.

Virtues create free nations and good neighborhoods. Values create political correctness, income redistribution and court rulings based on “feelings.”

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
12:55 pm

Down in Albany

baby cakes you need to do some research……

start by googling illegals who use fake SSN#s
fast and easy!

Dang those democratic talking points are true.

Ruth Bronstein

May 14th, 2010
12:58 pm

I would bet you any amount of money that…if most Latinos (legal and illegal) supported conservative policies, then:
1. The conservatives would be the ones arguing for amnesty, and
2. The liberals would be the ones wringing their hands and calling for deportation and sealing the border.

Alatsea

May 14th, 2010
12:58 pm

Peadawg said it all, ILLEGAL means ILLEGAL.
Attorney General Holder admitted not reading the law. But he spoke against it, what kind of democratic crap is that. Smack down these morons in November. They are an insult to this nations intelligence.

radiowxman

May 14th, 2010
1:01 pm

Ms Tucker’s logic:
– We have to be compassionate while Miss Colotl is in college and give her the degree she so richly deserves.

– But, once she gets that degree? Don’t you dare hire her. That would be a felony.

http://blogs.ajc.com/cynthia-tucker/2010/05/05/dick-morris-and-i-agree-make-illegal-hiring-a-felony/

Can’t have it both ways, Ms. Tucker.

stranger in a strange land

May 14th, 2010
1:05 pm

Extra credit for this column today.

1) On my bingo card of every buzz word that makes me (a middle aged male wasp) an evil, hatemongering, xenophobic, facist, racist, (and other ‘…ists’), I got bingo 2 or 3 times.

2) Ummmm….”The intense backlash against undocumented immigrants — especially those from south of the border — “.
ESPECIALLY those south of the border? Are there any from North, East, or West of the border? That’s got my vote for oxymoron of the year.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
1:08 pm

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” – Galatians 5:13-15

Take a stand

May 14th, 2010
1:09 pm

Cynthia, as usual your bleeding heart liberal views don’t conincide with how you would act if someone was living on YOUR property, much less making use of your utilities without paying you anything.
But what really gets me about this is she wants to be a LAWYER-now exactly what kind of law is she going to practice? Immigration law, maybe? She should know all the loopholes personally.
While she is not a criminal threat, history is full of cases where individual cases became landmarks and this is no different, so everyone needs to get off that bandwagon.
My attitude is to make graduation contingent on her starting and finishing the immigration process-no documentation and no completion, no degree. Or leave. I am sure she can understand that.

Dagny Taggart

May 14th, 2010
1:09 pm

Can we for two seconds take out the “illegal immigrant” part of this equation? We now have a 21-year-old female who failed to:
1. Have a valid drivers license
2. Gave false information to a police officer

In some states – Florida and New York for example – not only is driving without a license a fined offense, it is an offense that requires jail time. If she doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, I find it hard to believe that she had valid car insurance. Hope you’re not the one she bangs into in an accident, because you’ll be on the hook for repairs and medical bills.

Additionally, giving false information to an officer is a misdemeanor: http://law.onecle.com/georgia/16/16-10-25.html

Sounds to me like she HAS done something wrong, and I can’t believe her lawyers are claiming otherwise. Immigration issues aside, I would have respect for her if she at least owned up to these blatant offenses.

ctucker

May 14th, 2010
1:11 pm

radiowxman, I’d say that once she has a degree, we should give her a green card.

Phred

May 14th, 2010
1:13 pm

Rich white conservative here. Attracting the best and brightest and most ambitious from around the world is what has made this country great for over 200 years. The Statue of Liberty is one of our symbols. We should welcome Ms Colotl and other bright young people like her, regardless of whether or not her parents snuck her in when she was a child. We need to reform our immigration laws to bring in MORE productive workers and their families, not fewer. That’s the only way we’ll be able to fund the European-model welfare state we are (unfortunately) building here.

Joel

May 14th, 2010
1:13 pm

CT- you are effectively spitting in the face of my girlfriend who has spent 10k and many years working to obtain her green card and in the meantime working hard and paying taxes. Very surprising and narrow minded from you.

Tom

May 14th, 2010
1:13 pm

First, I would like to comment on the ACLU and Mexican/Latino support groups. They are totally against any law enforcement and would probably like to see no restrictions on the borders which would allow anyone to enter at any time they like. To the people who support these organizations, the next time you are a victim of a robbery, rape, burglary or any other crime, call these wonderful organizations instead of law enforcement. See if they come out at 2am in the morning and help you?As a 35- year retired officer, I personally DESPISE them! They stand for everything that is wrong with this country! My tax money should not pay for illegal immigrants in any capacity and I will try to vote anyone out of office who believes otherwise. The reason Democrats will not do anything is because they(the illegals) are expected to join their voting party sometime in the future. Vote the Democrats out!! Unless we want to change our countries name from the United States to New Mexico, do something with the illegal immigration problem ASAP! We are having great difficulties taking care of our own citizens much less being concerned with non-citizens.

Peadawg

May 14th, 2010
1:14 pm

“radiowxman, I’d say that once she has a degree, we should give her a green card.”

Just give her one? Just b/c she got a degree? What about all the others before her who have gone through the entire process? I think they’d be kind mad, don’t you?

Ivan

May 14th, 2010
1:19 pm

Great. Rewarding criminals, the typical Liberal way. It must be really dark and smelly where ya’lls heads are all the time.

Mr. B

May 14th, 2010
1:19 pm

Cynthia – if honesty, integrity, and respect for the law are required prerequisites to being a lawyer, then she and Obama and Clinton all have a lot in common. Your overt approval and support in hoping that she becomes a civil rights lawyer based upon her current track record, speaks volumes to us about your values.

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
1:20 pm

Yes, those flaming Democrats screaming for amnesty at one time or another….George W. Bush, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Ronald Reagan, Orrin Hatch, Bill Frist, Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, ….

OOOPS! They are not Dems!

“But wait”, the scoffing righties says they didn’t support amnesty – the support a path to citizenship for illegals.

“But wait” say the laughing lefties…..amnesty is what y’all call
anything that isn’t deportation.

Here’s my plan.

Take the Schumer/Graham bill to the floor. WIth all of the
goodies in it that both Democrats and Republicans put in and
watch the GOP say NO, let’s start over, they never let us be a part of it, we need a blank page, don’t force this down our throats AND
the bill at least 1/2 built by a good solid republican – is socialist!

Same old, same old.

radiowxman

May 14th, 2010
1:21 pm

I don’t necessarily disagree, Ms. Tucker.

However, I think the logic is somewhat flawed.

1. What’s the criteria for an expedited green card? A degree from a US institution of higher learning? I know several people who are college graduates with professional degrees who are sitting, waiting in their home country because they can’t get a green card. Should we give preferential treatment to Ms. Colotl over, say, someone from Germany or India or Taiwan?

2. What about undocumented workers who do not have a college degree, yet have a marketable skill? A professional sheet metal worker or technical mechanic schooled in technical high schools in Europe for example. Should they be able to let their visa lapse then apply for an automatic green card because we are in need of their skills?

3. Is that not discrimination based on education level? After all, we’re told that most undocumented immigrants are people who “do the jobs Americans won’t.” Is a lettuce picker, busboy or construction laborer less important than a woman with a law degree? Who makes that decision and why?

Peadawg

May 14th, 2010
1:21 pm

“Your overt approval and support in hoping that she becomes a civil rights lawyer based upon her current track record, speaks volumes to us about your values.”

What values?

stranger in a strange land

May 14th, 2010
1:24 pm

J.C. – if you’re going to rummage through both OT & NT, it might be interesting if you were to lay some scripture on us about how the Chosen People came to inhabit the Promised Land. I’d be real interested to see how the scriptures you quote reconcile with their immigraiton polcy (then and now) and how one at least another 1/3 of You handled that with the Chosen People.

Huckabee The Next POTUS-2013

May 14th, 2010
1:24 pm

Gee, I wonder how different cindy-loo would see this if Cobb County’s Sheriff were black. What a quandry that would be for any racebaiter.

Huckabee The Next POTUS-2013

May 14th, 2010
1:25 pm

I thought ICE was coming to get granny.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
1:26 pm

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” -Matthew 6:14-15

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
1:28 pm

anybody who thinks Mike Huckabee will ever be President probably does have people looking for him…..the count at the home was off this morning

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
1:35 pm

Stranger:

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” Corinthians 13:1

Chris D.

May 14th, 2010
1:36 pm

Oh Yes…wee certainly need many more young people that drive with out licenses, lie to police about their addresses, and falsifly offical state documents. That is JUST what Georgia needs more of!

mit

May 14th, 2010
1:36 pm

ctucker, so should we give green cards to all non-citizens after they graduate from a US college?

Tom

May 14th, 2010
1:43 pm

I read that she worked at night to pay for her college expenses. Her employer should be identified and subject to fines and penalties for hiring an ILLEGAL! The employers are a big part of the problem, if they are held financially responsible, they would probably change the way they do business. Also would like to know if she accepted the Hope Scholarship money, what about this KSU??

steve

May 14th, 2010
1:44 pm

Cynthia,
So you believe it is OK to give an illegal alien access to our colleges and universities at in-state rates.
You also feel Arizona is running some type of apatheid government because they want to ensure that people in their state have the LEGAL right to be there.
You are not for the government taking control of a problem we have with illegal immiogrants in this country.
But you are for the government being able to require me to carry health insurance even though I am not sick.
Put down the pipe.

TJAtl

May 14th, 2010
1:45 pm

A 10-year old does not have the maturity or self-sufficiency to be HERSELF guilty of willfully breaking the immigration laws.

She grew up here. Her parents were wrong to raise her here, but that wasn’t HER fault.

Kids like her should have the opportunity to apply for a green card when they turn 18 if they were brought here at a young age. What was she supposed to do when she was, say 15 — go back to Mexico alone and support herself?

Her parents, however, should not have that opportunity. They should go back. She should have the opportunity to stay here with a green card, or go back to Mexico with them.

Native American

May 14th, 2010
1:46 pm

Give me one hard working “illegal” Hispanic over 10 lazy, good-for-nothing “legals” born out of wedlock in this country any day of the week. As a Native American I would send all of you “legal” Europeans and the slaves you brought to this country back to where you came from in a New York minute.

renten

May 14th, 2010
1:48 pm

You want to know what’s fair Cynthia? What’s fair is people following the rule of law. Miss Colotl was self admittedly fully aware of her illegal status before she entered KSU. She should have gone back to Mexico right then and there, to stay illegally is to spit in the face of every American citizen and especially every American immigrant who came here by playing by the rules. So may immigrants go through such hardship to have the opportunity to move legally to this nation, but Jessica Colotl is special. She thinks since her mommy moved here here when she was a little girl, she has been a criminal long enough where the law doesn’t apply to her. She wants to be a Lawyer? How can you be in a profession which upholds the rule of law when you yourself break the law every second of every day? You really want to know what’s fair Cynthia? What’s fair to you, to me, to every Citizen and legal immigrant is for this habitual and unapologetic criminal to be treated like an unapologetic criminal and rot in her cell until she gets deported, police raid her house, give her mother and any other criminals the same treatment, the US government seizes every asset they have, and takes the money out from under the mattress and hold it as a penalty for all the services this family used they didn’t pay for, Miss Colotl’s transcript should be torn up and burned and they should be flagged to never be able to return to the United States. As long as we reward criminals for being criminals this abomination of an institution will continue

Rich

May 14th, 2010
1:51 pm

Reagan signed a bill with amnesty based on a promise that the borders were to be closed. Congress lied to him too. He felt that he was taken and regreted signing it.

Jm

May 14th, 2010
1:53 pm

Not only should Jessica be deported but her parents as well. And if they have any other children they shoud be deported as well even if born here. It is passed time to revise the 14th admendment on children born in the US. If you are here legally then yes your child should be a citizen, however if you are here illegally your child should not be a citizen. Jessica can always choose to enter the country LEGALLY and continue her education. And as a fellow student of KSU, she should be forced to pay out of state tution of the years she has already completed.

Terrence

May 14th, 2010
1:53 pm

On Granny’s suggestion, I googled illegals who use fake SSN#s
fast and easy!

Startling Facts About Identity Theft

Identity theft is perhaps the top fraud issue, but one aspect of identity theft is very prevalent, yet is rarely discussed: when Social Security numbers are stolen, not for profit, but to get a job.

In order to get many jobs, illegal immigrants need Social Security numbers (SSNs). Since they obviously can’t apply for them from the Social Security Administration (SSA), they often buy a stolen SSN and use it to get work.

For example, MSNBC reported that a legal resident in the Chicago suburbs applied for a job at a local Target department store and was not hired because someone who had used her SSN already worked there.

That was bad enough, but further investigations uncovered that her SSN had been used to obtain work by 37 other employees, mostly illegal immigrants!

This is not unusual, according to ChoicePoint: the average number of times a SSN is used for this type of immigrant-based ID theft is 30 times.

Although no one knows the extent of the problem, here are some identity theft facts according to an article by Eduardo Porter in the New York Times last year:

*About seven million illegal immigrants are currently using stolen SSNs and paying Social Security taxes.

*Their payroll tax contributions could be as high as $7 billion a year.

*Their contribution to the Social Security system added about 10% of last year’s surplus.

*Illegal immigrants see Social Security withholding taxes as a cost of working in the US.

*Each year, the Social Security Administration receives a very large number of W-2 forms with incorrect and sometimes fictitious SSNs; the withholding taxes from these incorrect SSNs are put in the “Earnings Suspense File,” which totals over $189 billion.

It is illegal for the SSA to notify victims that their SSNs are being used by someone else. Naturally, neither the illegal immigrant nor the rightful owner of the SSN gets the benefits of the taxes withheld — so billions of dollars are simply added to the general Social Security system each year.

Falsely using a stolen SSN is a felony in the US, and there is no question that this is a widespread problem.

Here is an even less known fact: many of the people whose SSN are stolen are children. Since many children don’t use their SSN until they turn 18 to get a job, an illegal immigrant can often use their SSN for years without getting caught.

Unfortunately, illegal immigrants also sometimes fail to make credit payments, file for bankruptcy, and harm victims’ credit in other ways. When the rightful SSN owners turn 18, they can have credit history problems, which results in being unable to get student loans, jobs or other kinds of credit.

However, even if there are no direct financial consequences to the victim, this is nonetheless not a victimless crime. It can take hundreds of hours to get everything straightened out — and there is no guarantee that the SSN won’t be stolen and used again.

Although we are writing about this as a US problem, we suspect that it exists as well in many other countries where the conditions are similar.

The issues surrounding illegal immigration are complex and political, and certainly beyond the scope of this newsletter. (In fact, we make a point of not expressing our political views in this newsletter.)

Nonetheless, regardless of your views on immigration, it is important for you to understand this type of identity theft since it is a significant and growing problem.

Action: Unfortunately, at this point we know of no definitive way to find out if your SSN is being sold and being used for immigration identity theft.

Is the revenue worth the loss of personal identity? I don’t think so. How about you, Granny?

Joel

May 14th, 2010
1:54 pm

Good for nothing European born out of wedlock? Is this comedy hour now? Bring in the clowns and beers?

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
1:55 pm

The lesson here kids is: Don’t break the law and don’t lie to a cop about breaking the law. (Unless of course you happen to be a good symbol for a national debate, have the backing of a University Presdient, the AJC and a few good ACLU lawyers).

MAC

May 14th, 2010
1:57 pm

Since she is obviously a good liar, she will likely make a good lawyer or politician.

I say send her back, we have enough lawyers already. And god knows, enough lying politicians.

Keep only the illegal engineers and scientists.

mit

May 14th, 2010
2:01 pm

native american, we kicked your butt. get over and run your casinos.

MakeItPlain

May 14th, 2010
2:04 pm

Enter your comments here

HDB

May 14th, 2010
2:04 pm

As of 1:30, Jessica has been released…..and from what is being reported, she broke no laws save traffic! For those who said that she defrauded the state by paying in-state tuition:

(from the AJC) –
University System spokesman John Millsaps with the university system said college applications ask about citizenship but there is no process for verifying it if the would-be students says they are a U.S. citizen. The question of immigration status becomes an issue only if a college applicant says he is from another country. Out-state-students and exchange students pay four times the in-state rate and Colotl was assumed to be a Georgia resident because she graduated from a DeKalb County high school.

Papp has said that Colotl will now be charged out-of-state tuition.

Let’s wait until ALL comes out and allow Jessica to go through due process!!

MakeItPlain

May 14th, 2010
2:06 pm

When will Eric Holder actually read the Law in AZ?

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
2:09 pm

I have a friend who learned in her thirties that her parents moved to the US illegally. She was offered a path to citizenship but it cost $1500 she didn’t have to spend due to medical bills and the fact that her husband had abandoned her and her children. She can’t get medical coverage or work to solve he problem although she desperately wants to do the right thing.

Is the ACLU helping her? No.

Why? I suspect is has a lot to do with the fact that she’s not a cute college student they can use as a symbol of how “unfair” the system is.

Instead they championing an adult student who has knowingly lied about her status, lied about her residence and lied to the police about her papers.

If this isn’t politically motivated hypocricy I have no idea what is.

MakeItPlain

May 14th, 2010
2:11 pm

HDB do you support our incompetent Attorney General’s lack of insight into this AZ law, who at the same time has no real idea of what the law says, save what others have said about it?

A Lumpkin Resident

May 14th, 2010
2:12 pm

Rich, “Reagan signed a bill with amnesty based on a promise that the borders were to be closed. Congress lied to him too.”

And THAT is why anyone who spouts the words “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” is assumed to be a liar until proven otherwise. Look, had the Democrats (in charge for 3.5 years) and Republicans before them (they tried) taken control of the border FIVE YEARS AGO, the flow of border-jumping-Mexicans would be shut down now. THEN we could have a reasonable discussion about what to do with the immigrants already in this country. Until the border is shut down, there can be no further discussion. Period. The sooner Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama shut down the border, the sooner we can discuss what happens to the immigrants already here. Had the put even 1/10th the effort into that cause as they did into Healthcare, budget-breaking-deficits, and cap-and-trade, the border would be shut down now. By their inaction, their intention is clear. “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” is a farce and a Democratic lie.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
2:13 pm

It is documented that she gave a fake address. That is fraud for a US citizen trying to get in state tuition improperly. So she did break laws other than traffic violations. She broke immigration laws, she defrauded the state by claiming residence in a High School district she didn’t have, she defrauded the state (and taxpayers by extension) by lying about her address to get cheaper tuition. She lied to the police about her residence and authority to drive in Georgia…

Heck – any US citizen 22 years old who was guilty of these (minus the immigration issue) would have spent time in a jail cell and would now be looking at a court date and probable fines into the thousands of dollars.

Jessica is only a symbolic case because she’s young and a good student. There are many other people wrestling with immigration issues who are much more worthy of help than someone who knowingly lied to save a buck.

If she had told the truth in the first place and paid what she should have for tuition she would not be in this mess.