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

lionshooter

May 14th, 2010
7:45 am

I do not understand all the hoopla. She broke the law. Of course an arrest warrant should be issued. If I went to Mexico and got stopped with an expired passport, had no driver’s license, lied to the police, and went into hiding, what would the Mexican government do to me? How long would I have to rot in a Mexican prison before being deported after paying exorbitant fines? How many Mexican civil rights activists would come to my aid? None!
So why should it be different here? She broke several laws. She is a criminal. She is illegal. She should be deported.

Rick

May 14th, 2010
7:45 am

Cynthia, you have elements of racism in your view here. Why do you support Jessica’s illegal presence in the US? Would you champion all other “smart” citizens of other countries that want to enter the US?

Are you for open borders? Does the US not have a right to select the individuals who enter our country and participate in the welfare state and other taxpayer provided goodies?

Are you an anarchist? Don’t you believe in the “rule of law”. Obama speaks of it frequently, but doesn’t seem to want to enforce the laws.

Rick

May 14th, 2010
7:47 am

“But that has infuriated some hardliners.”
———
Cynthia, please tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I thought you won a Pulitzer.

Two thirds of this nation want our immigration laws enforced! Just how does that define “hardliners”. What a joke this drivel is!

Van Jones

May 14th, 2010
7:49 am

So much wrong with your column today and I have so little time. Maybe I can squeeze in a few quickly here.
…”illegal immigrants be shut out of the state’s colleges and universities”. YES, there are proper ways to gain entry. If we really want to curb ILLEGAL immigration let’s take away all the carrots we can and replace them with sticks.
“…her all-American sorority girl status”. Please, all-American? Really? How about her all-American (or is that typically illegal) passtime of driving without a license?
Here is a question. At what point would you say it is OK for an illegal to stay? Remember, this has to be applied across the board.

Peadawg

May 14th, 2010
7:49 am

She’s illegal. Period. End of story. Deport her!

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

Keyword in your sentence is UNDOCUMENTED. You do know what this means, right?

Rick

May 14th, 2010
7:50 am

“isn’t really a reaction to overtaxed public services”.
———-
Cynthia, just how much do you think metro Atlanta spends on K-12 educations for the children of illegal aliens?

Cynthia is Sexy!

May 14th, 2010
7:50 am

She has had the majority of her life to become a citizen, become legal, guest worker or some other legal status. She has CHOSESN NOT to do so and at the same time, lie to the police.

There is nothing ugly or immoral about the position of the US citizenry on this matter.

She should be deported.

Chris

May 14th, 2010
7:50 am

Expired passport. Mexican DL that she couldn’t produce. (Apparently) lied about her address. She’s had plenty of room, time, and ability to not make these mistakes, yet she has. She’s been living here for 12 years, even the four she has had since she turned 18 should have been plenty of time to apply for some sort of permanent status.

I’m not sure I want a lawyer who doesn’t understand the law.

Sendthemhome

May 14th, 2010
7:52 am

So now you suggest selectively applying our nations laws, right? If I speed to the food bank to drop off food, it’s ok because I’m doing something good…do you think the cop will buy it? She is here illegally and should be deported. PERIOD!! We should also be rounding up all of her other illegal com padres and sending them back across the border. It’s really just that simple.

Eric Holder

May 14th, 2010
7:53 am

Even though I have yet to read the AZ Illegal Immigrant law I am still opposed to it.

Thanks and God Bless you all.
What would Jesus do.
Stop the hate.
Its time for us to heal.
We all need to come together.

SouthernGal

May 14th, 2010
7:58 am

If Ms. Coloti was receiving In State Tuition and or the Hope Grant…that is criminal!

EagleDawg

May 14th, 2010
8:02 am

Send every illegal back. I’m tired of all this political correctness in our country.

gale

May 14th, 2010
8:02 am

“WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL DON’T THEY UNDERSTAND?” crowd. Count me as a member of the club. No, we should not allow illegals to attend our colleges, not public schools either. There are legal means to gain access to these facilities. If some group wants to sponsor this person for a student visa AFTER her deportation, fine. Her record makes her a good candidate. I see no reason at all for illegal entry to provide someone with a fast track when there are so many still waiting for legal residency. Fix the immigration process. But deport illegals under the current law. For now, she gets deported ALONG with the parents she was apparently protecting.

Lance A. Dodd

May 14th, 2010
8:02 am

What part of illlegal makes it legal. Lock the borders, NOW!

RealisticGeorgian

May 14th, 2010
8:03 am

Obviously, these right-wing nativists do not believe that God’s love for everyone does not extend to immigrants. Southerners need to get real and embrace love, not hate.

Not on my watch

May 14th, 2010
8:03 am

This hurts the argument of those who would support immigrants. Many people have tried to further the cause by portraying immigrants as poor, uneducated types who barely scratch out a living. While I am sure that IS the majority, if they’re smart, immigration supporters should tread carefully.

Of all the things she did wrong, the one that stands out to me is driving without a license. I shudder at the thought of her getting into an accident.

RealisticGeorgian

May 14th, 2010
8:04 am

Support the Dream Act! Support Jessica Colotl. I hope she becomes a civil rights lawyer!

Hoops McCann

May 14th, 2010
8:04 am

Correction, Cynthia – we don’t need college students like Jessica Colotl who break the law and lie to law enforcement. Do you support all criminals if they fall into the liberal crowd? It amazes me that the AJC still employs you. What does the GOP have to do with her breaking the law and entering the country illegally?

Chris Broe

May 14th, 2010
8:04 am

I hope Coloti can stay, finish her education, and then make a pinata out of the glass ceiling.

What pretense, polite subterfuge, and political acceptable criticism? I haven’t seen any from either party since the dry-cleaning-challenged blue dress.

OT: why wasn’t monica’s dress auctioned on Ebay? Can you imagine how much that would fetch? It’s more famous than Betsy Ross’s original flag. And changed the political landscape more. It’s been the GOP standard for over ten years now. I’ll start the bidding with a thousand dollars. What? A thousand dollars isn’t really a lot of money any more? Well why don’t you frickin’ tell me these things?

Not on my watch

May 14th, 2010
8:05 am

@ RealisticGeorgian: Don’t forget gays, Muslims, and (for some) blacks. God hates them too, remember?

Hoops McCann

May 14th, 2010
8:05 am

Realistic, if she becomes an attorney she made need to realize that she will also have to abide by the law. Her actions speak otherwise. I hope she finishes her degree south of the border.

crabapplejoe

May 14th, 2010
8:08 am

@Chris who wrote: “She’s been living here for 12 years, even the four she has had since she turned 18 should have been plenty of time to apply for some sort of permanent status. I’m not sure I want a lawyer who doesn’t understand the law

@Cynthia is Sexy who wrote: “She has had the majority of her life to become a citizen, become legal, guest worker or some other legal status. She has CHOSESN NOT to do so”

These comments, though well intended, point out the fact that the immigration debate will go nowhere because the two sides don’t/can’t hear each other’s arguments. The fact of the matter is that this girl has no basis to obtain legal status in this country. Her parents brought her here when she was a child and now she is totally precluded from becoming part of our society. She can’t get a “green card” or any other legal status. She can’t get a social security card or drivers license. She is simply stuck in immigration limbo for the rest of her life unless the laws are changed. I am totally in favor of more border security to prevent more Jessica stories from evolving but we need to change the laws to allow these folks who were brought her as kids to legitimize their status. That being said, I think ICE is wrong to give her special treatment just because the press got involved in this “sympathetic” case. ICE is deporting people who have more sympathetic cases every day. By enforcing the law equally ICE will force Congress to reevalute our immigration laws.

gale

May 14th, 2010
8:09 am

People arguing for her deportation don’t necessarily hate immigrants. What they hate is people who disrespect our laws.

RealisticGeorgian

May 14th, 2010
8:11 am

This case makes a mockery of the 287g program. Obviously GA sheriffs need the ICE program to chase after bright students like Jessica Colotl by bringing her in on a minor traffic charge. Georgians need to stop this racist rhetoric and focus on getting politicians away from lobbyists and finding jobs to fix our economy!

fishtales

May 14th, 2010
8:11 am

Cynthia,
You could have boiled your entire column down to one sentence: “I am for selective application of our laws.” But I’m betting you get paid to fill space…not make any sense.

Ken

May 14th, 2010
8:11 am

Under current immigration law, she has no options whatsoever to obtain a student visa or permanent residency. So she didn’t “choose” to neglect her situation. Since when do we blame children for the acts of their parents?? She was brought here, right?

As for this CRIMINAL label, give me a break…she didn’t commit a carjacking or rob a bank yet most of these posters want to characterize her in this light. I want better border security just like everyone else but this undocumented problem has been years in the making and it is the fault of Congress for not having addressed the immigration system years ago which would have gone a long way towards avoiding where we are now.

And please spare me the “rule of law!” arguments. Laws are updated all of the time to reflect changes in society. At one time child labor was “legal,” so did that make it moral or right? Until the focus can be on making an honest assessment of whether immigration laws are reasonable and rational and serve to protect our security interests while at the same time fixing this messed up immigration system, then these hateful and venomous posts will continue unabated.

I have another theory: For most of you posters, it is just too irresistible to demonize illegal aliens so that you have a target to focus your bitterness, hate and resentment at your pathetic lot in life.

martin

May 14th, 2010
8:12 am

Cynthia, just a few questions if you don’t mind.

1. Are you for completely opening our borders and let anyone in that wants to?
2. Do you believe that it is okay to break the law of the land?

Because, I think of your open support of Ms. Coloti, you are saying just that. I think that it is a disgrace that she was brought here, albeit she was a child, enjoys the full benefits of a state citizen and did it illegally. What about the people who came here legally who waited for months and months to come. I believe it is a slap in their face. Sometimes heartfelt emotion will distort logical thought processes.

We’ve got a real problem with our immigration policy because it isn’t enforced. We as a country needs to fix it. There are no easy solutions but I do say this, open amnesty will lead more people here illegally. I kind of think Mexico wants to dump it’s citizens on us, It makes balancing their budgets a bit easier and strains ours to the point of bankruptcy!

ctucker

May 14th, 2010
8:12 am

RealisticGeorgian, I hope she does, too!

RealisticGeorgian

May 14th, 2010
8:12 am

Hope this will lead to an Office of Civil Rights in Georgia! Lord knows we need that even more now with all this racist and anti-immigrant craziness that is coming out nowadays!

gale

May 14th, 2010
8:12 am

I am really curious about how Coloti expected to become a lawyer when she has no legal status in the USA.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
8:13 am

RealisticGeorgian

May 14th, 2010
8:03 am

LOL…what does Gods love have to do with flaunting the law? I wonder if God would encourage this girl to become legal? Stop with your silly religious diatribes and sorry excuse making.

I hope she gets deported.

Ray P

May 14th, 2010
8:13 am

This is the first I am hearing of this. What if I had evaded the IRS for ten years but payed my taxes now? I would go to prison, or at the very least spend the rest of my life paying fines. I am curious, how has her educational career been funded? I would hate to think that she (an illegal alien) has occupied educational funding that a less fortunate American citizen might have used to get an education.

Lance A. Dodd

May 14th, 2010
8:13 am

And just when did the illegal’s and criminals, start telling LEO, when they will be arrested, COBB SWAT should be looking for her. Arrest all these people that know where she is, if I remember isn’t aiding a person wanted by the law a crime. They will have a new conference at 2 well at 12 they should have her backside on a bus headed for the border. And the rest of her clan arrested, as well as all that have helped her. And I haven’t even started on KSU yet, the entire board that approved her back at school, should be fired, we pay them to allow this, and remember the word we. Lock the Borders Now!

Do some research Tucker

May 14th, 2010
8:13 am

Cobb County found her to be in the country illegally through the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 287(g) program. They checked her “papers”, as the left portrays it, and whaddya know? She’s not a citizen.

Now, why is everyone up in arms about the Arizona law (that most of you haven’t read) when ICE has established Pilot pograms through 287(g) with local LE agencies across the country to do EXACTLY what they’re doing in Arizona???

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
8:14 am

SimplisticGeorgian…the economy isnt gonna be fixed anytime soon. After the census workers drop of the unemployment rate should then top 10%…if not sooner!!

RealisticGeorgian

May 14th, 2010
8:15 am

I suspect this will lead the federal government to focus even more attention on racist Georgia. That is the positive side of all of this racist rhetoric. Bring in federal intervention. The South needs your help again to see the light!

Really?

May 14th, 2010
8:16 am

Racism. Why is this always the fallback position. My feelings on illegal immigration are rooted in the desire to keep a system that is designed to help citizens and those that immigrate to the USA legally viable. Illegal immigrants are further stressing already stressed institutions in our country such as education, law enforcement, employment, and health. These are the basics that a government is mandated to protect.

But go ahead with your claims of rascism. It only invalidates further your position.

Peadawg

May 14th, 2010
8:16 am

“Since when do we blame children for the acts of their parents?? ”

Since she knew she was illegal, she knew she didn’t have a valid drivers license, she knew she was breaking the law etc. etc.

Cynthia, are you for selective enforcement of our nations laws? Please answer. Just yes or no will do.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
8:16 am

LOL….see the light…LOL.

Interesting choice of words.

Chris

May 14th, 2010
8:17 am

No path to citizenship? She’s a citizen of Mexico. Just because she’s been living here doesn’t change that.

RealisticGeorgian

May 14th, 2010
8:18 am

Jessica Colotl will probably do more good than those Georgians who sit on their butt complaining on an AJC blog rather than actually doing something to bring positive change to our society and economy.

Peadawg

May 14th, 2010
8:18 am

My 8:16 goes back to personal responsibility, which liberals have a hard time grasping. Always blaming someone else!

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
8:18 am

All the left has in their arguments, after excluding or ignoring the facts, is “y’all are haters, stop hating” or “racists, bigots, racism”…the only remaining vestiges of scoundrels.

Mike O.

May 14th, 2010
8:20 am

Ok, I apparently have woken up in Bizzaro World. When i went to sleep, there were steps, legal steps that had to be taken to enter this county. You were required to ahve a valid drivers license if you wanted to drive. If a police officer asks you a question, it is your duty to tell them the truth,(unless your doing somethig illegal and dont want to be caught). And it wasn’t about ” How brown you are”. Here’s a few questions Cynthia Tucker should ask and get answers to. Did this young lady lie to the police? How was her tuition paid for, has she accepted and used any federal or state monies, grants or scholarships to pursue her education? What about the rest of her family, I would assume that if she is here illegally, they to are also here illegally? What is being done about that? The Law is the Law, if this one doesn’t matter why should any other.

Chris

May 14th, 2010
8:20 am

Realistic @ 8:18am

The ironing is delicious.

kt

May 14th, 2010
8:20 am

Ship her illegal ass back to wherever she came from. Tell her to re-enter the US legally to finish her education.

free

May 14th, 2010
8:21 am

she needs to pay out of state tuition for the years she was there, get her diploma, and then seek LEGAL status. she’s been caught and now it’s time to do the right thing by us because we’ve done the right thing by her.

quit being a bleeding heart

May 14th, 2010
8:21 am

This is not racism.
She has no more right to go to school here as if I walked into the Sorbonne and demanded schooling.
She lied.
Anyone who has ever left this country knows that you carry your passport at all times. You are asked for it for many things.
You come into this country and are immediately given rights and privileges like citizens. It is absurd and it is bankrupting this country.

Courtney

May 14th, 2010
8:22 am

She is a criminal and a liar when caught. Prosecute her for fraud and put her in jail.

Hoops McCann

May 14th, 2010
8:22 am

Realistic, you are the real racist on this blog. By the way, how will she do better than most on here since she will be in jail or sitting in Mexico.

G. Wolf

May 14th, 2010
8:23 am

Send her back. The parents broke the law.
My two questions,

1.) Which legal child of Georgia lost out for education because of this girl ?
2.) Would the exact sane scenario be allowed in Mexico of an illegal American attending school there ?

andygrd

May 14th, 2010
8:24 am

The young lady in question defrauded the people of Georgia and United States… She lied to pay in-state tuition at the expense of taxpaying Georgians and Americans. She lied to the police, she ran rather accept due process, good start on her way to becoming a lawyer….. She violated the law, but that is okay, she is not white.. so it is okay (have to bring up the race issue)
Ms. Tucker likes to stir up race baiting, because she can sell the truth. She, like Mr. Limbaugh, are entertainers, they present ones-side positions just to stir the people up. Have you ever seen them present both side of the story in order for an educated person to drawn a conclusion? No, they don’t. They target the un-educated populace, just like the Mullahs in some of the foreign countries. They thrive on providing inaccurate or one-sided information…. She like so many others are nothing more than entertainers, they have long left the field of journalism.
If she wants the American life, if she is so intelligent and whats to be an American, why didn’t she approach Georgia Representatives at both the State and Federal levels to aid her cause? Nope, she lived a lie and defrauded. Hey ACLU, you are to protect Americans, not illegal!
In our International Company, we have individuals that are not American citizens. They have followed the rules and some are on their way to becoming American citizens. Those are the people that we want in this country.

Jo Yo

May 14th, 2010
8:25 am

He (or she) who is without sin should cast the first stone.

Joel

May 14th, 2010
8:25 am

The far left and far right like to grab a (small) piece of a story and make a case. Regarding Iraq, Bush always said that freedom has a “cost”- yeah- it’s called tens of thousands of lives. The far left says the immigration law is racist- never mind that if you are against you are, by definition, for the continued escalation of lawlessness, raping, kidnapping, drug proliferation- yeah I have heard it is a demand issue- and murder in the area. That is simply fact. I assume Ms. Tucker if illegal neo nazi immigrants, gosh forbid, took your daughter you would yell and scream “its the pasty arse white dudes- don’t check the hood!” If my son gives a police officer he would be arrested. Did you see the embarrassment Eric Holder made of himself? He could not be bothered to read a 10 page bill but he sure can make the political rounds. He, Rahm, Rove, and Cheney should be sent to political hades. I would be embarrassed to be a mouth piece for either side.

RealisticGeorgian

May 14th, 2010
8:26 am

Actions like these by GA sheriffs and the crazy hate-filled rhetoric only demonstrate to prospective domestic and international businesses that Georgia is not to place to move their businesses. It is a crazy state that does not embrace diversity. All that ugly, hate-filled language is coming out again. It is not a pretty picture for businesses who could potentially help lift Georgia out of this deep recession that was brought on by years of partisan Bush-era policies and those GA politicians who lined pockets instead of working for Georgians!

Nobama

May 14th, 2010
8:26 am

Why is the law only to be obeyed when it suits your purpose? She broke the law. I don’t care how upstanding you want to make her sound. She is driving an automobile without a license. She probably has no insurance. She lied about her address to the police and probably on her college application. Was she getting HOPE money? Our state resources are getting sucked dry. Of course people want to immigrate here. We give them free housing, free food and free healthcare. We educated them with our tax money and even teach them English in public schools. If we tried the same in Mexico, we’d go directly to jail. I’m not against immigrants, my ancestors were immigrants, but they followed the law. They should not be allowed to attend our colleges paying in state or out of state tuition. You can scream racism and hardliner all you want, we are tired of it and hopefully we can vote you all out in November.

Redneck Rick

May 14th, 2010
8:26 am

I love how so many point to communist or socialist nations when referring enforcement of border security, yet are the first to cry “socialist or communist” when referring to President Obama or Democrats. That being said…

…I feel for Colotl, but for an apparently very smart girl, she’s made some dumb mistakes that have not put her situation into a very good light. She KNOWS she needs U.S. citizenship and a drivers license, lied to get in-state tuition, and lied to the police regarding her address. I don’t know if deportation is necessary, but she should not receive in-state tuition. I’m a military vet to moved who GA from out of state at the end of my enlistment, and I was told by KSU that I didn’t qualify for in-state tuition, so I waited a year before I qualified.

Certain priviledges must be extended to citizens and documented aliens before all others, but compassion is necessary to identify those who are productive or have potential in society.

gale

May 14th, 2010
8:26 am

I question her innocence in this issue. She grew up here and cannot have missed the illegal immigration conversations of the last decade. She knew she came here when she was 10 apparently. She knew she could not obtain a driver’s license because of her status. She drove anyway. She was breaking multiple laws — knowingly.

Clay

May 14th, 2010
8:27 am

She is a criminal. There is no other word for it. She knew she was in this country illegally. She is driving without a license. She knowingly gave false information to the Cobb County authorities at her booking. That makes her a felon. She has been stealing from the honest taxpayers in Georgia by accepting benefits she is not entitled to–such as paying in-state tuition at KSU.

You claim she barely knows Mexico? She carries an (expired) Mexican passport and has a Mexican driver’s license. Sounds like she’s been back to Mexico more than once since she was a little girl.

We do not need more folks like Colotl. We have enough criminals as it is.

Jimmy62

May 14th, 2010
8:27 am

If the government hadn’t abrogated it’s responsibility by not enforcing existing law, this wouldn’t be a problem. Blame your politicians and interest groups, not the people who support enforcing the law. This girl has only her criminal parents to blame for her problems.

Reverie

May 14th, 2010
8:27 am

Have you ever met a ultra-left stance you didn’t champion? Cynthia, can you ever think for yourself. This borders on drivel and you should be ashamed to have your name associated with it. Poorly reasoned.

rightnextdoor

May 14th, 2010
8:27 am

RealisticGeorgian-are you one of her sorority sisters? You seem awfully angry. We are not racist, we just do not like people that follow the law, especially one that wants to be a lawyer. What’s that about? She needs to go!

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
8:27 am

I’m the great grandaughter of an illegal/undocumented alien.
I guess I’m lucky he was blonde haired and blue eyed, or I’d be
having to look back over my shoulder all the time watching for the INS.

My faith requires me to see these folks as refugees, coming to our country to find a way to provide food and shelter and the basic requirements of life for their families. To my way of thinking the hate
I see is un-American and most certainly contrary to the teachings
of the fisherman.

fishtales

May 14th, 2010
8:28 am

Realistic Georgian – Yeah…that plan worked real well for California didn’t it?

Jethro

May 14th, 2010
8:29 am

Fundamental to the core of our nation is the idea that we are governed by laws of the people, by the people, for the people. The laws apply to everybody. And while I do admire the stated goals and intentions of Ms. Colotl, I cannot abide by the fact that she is attempting to achieve these goals illegally. It doesn’t matter if her last name is Colotl or O’Shea or Lubyenka or Schmidt or Nguyen or Mbosa. The law – unlike you – doesn’t discriminate.

Like any person who breaks the law – any law – she has the right to have her case heard by a judge and a jury of her peers. I’ve no objection to that. I am not a judge, nor are you Ms. Tucker. I will let her case be heard. The question, Ms Tucker, is: will you?

Strait Road

May 14th, 2010
8:29 am

Liberals can’t grasp the concept of the rule of law. Some people, such as Ms. Tucker, are governed strictly by emotion. They mean well, but governing a society based on emotion leads to disaster. Look at the states where illegal immigration is widespread. They are in financial ruin and the liberals running these states are incapable of responsible government. Any person capable of applying logic can understand that an illegal population isn’t sustainable.

A CONSERVATIVE

May 14th, 2010
8:30 am

FOLKs…..DO NOT LOOK FOR LOGIC FROM Ms. Karl Marx…Think of what is logical..or reason…& Ms. Marx will support the opposing..radical view.,Cynthis is a left-wing radical

American Voice

May 14th, 2010
8:31 am

Send her entire family back to Mexico. They all broke the law and are enjoying the freedoms supplied by American citizens for American citizens. She has lied to policy, drove without a license, no insurance etc….SEND HER BACK NOW!

Rev Al Sharptongue

May 14th, 2010
8:31 am

Cynthia,

You know you have stepped in it today!! The racist hardliners will be here in force like yesterday.

I predict 7 pages of vitriol for this young lady, no compassion whatsoever.

This will turn into an online lynch mob in 5,4,3,2,…..

goober pyle

May 14th, 2010
8:32 am

CT – why do you only reply to comments by people that agree with you – like RealisticGeorgian????

LeeH1

May 14th, 2010
8:33 am

One problem with illegal immigrants is that we don’t know where their loyalties lie. Does she want to help the US, or does she want to use us as her tool to get ahead, and by stepping over anyone else in her way.
She takes a Georgian student’s place at the state college. She pays in-state tuition instead of her full way, cheating the Georgia taxpayers, and preventing other potential Georgia students from getting that same tax break.
She maintains her Mexican nationality. She has a Mexican driver’s license, but not an American one. I suppose no one will know about her car insurance status unless she runs into them with her car.
She wants to be a lawyer. Great. Just what we need. Another unethical lawyer prowling around. She is illegal. She lies to the police. She doesn’t get the proper paperwork. She cheats on college admissions. And now she wants to know how to manipulate American law in order to help her clients and enrich herself.

Besides, much of this could be changed if, instead of appearing at the Sherriff’s office, she went over to the Marines recruiting station and joined up. After a few years, her service to our nation and her abilities would help her out tremendously.

But applying to pay back to our country is evidently something she has never thought about. She only takes. She only lies, She only manipulates.

On second thought, we do know where her loyalities lie.

john galt

May 14th, 2010
8:33 am

So let me get this right. She “has” a Mexican DL? But her family came into this country when she was 10. So, either a) they give out DLs at a VERY early age in Mexico; b) she has returned to Mexico since then to get a DL and then entered the country illegally AGAIN; or c) she lied about this as well.

Cynthia, perhaps this is a very smart woman, a “cure for cancer” or the next great aria rattling around in her brain waiting, to be unlocked. A Supreme Court justice in the wings. A Pulitzer Award-winning AJC writer yet to pen her first opinion piece. But she has a pattern of lying to police and skirting the laws of our country.

Are you saying that we should administer IQ tests at the border to all comers? Those with promise, we’ll turn a blind eye while you scoot into Laredo. Those who fail, sorry but no pass?

Come on Cynthia. Those who break our laws deserve to pay the piper. Give her the degree, help pack up her things, and escort her to the border. Don’t worry, she’ll be back in the country soon anyway.

Chris

May 14th, 2010
8:34 am

She wants to stay? You want her to stay?

Fine.

1) Pay back the state/KSU for however many years of tuition she has gotten at a discount.
2) Contact the Mexican Consulate to resolve her immigration status and for her to either start the path to citizenship/green card
3) Serve whatever punishment a judge sees fit and pay whatever fine for breaking the law

It’s not hate. It’s not racism. It’s non un-American. I welcome any and all people who are willing to do what’s necessary to be here legally and within the rules I and the rest of the American citizenry have to abide by.

Artie

May 14th, 2010
8:34 am

She is here ILLEGALLY…what is so hard to understand about that?!?! The punishment fitting the crime…DEPORTATION!!!!

Joel

May 14th, 2010
8:34 am

Granny- it is not hate. We have had many administrations who can’t be (politically) bothered to fix the problem. The problem is hurting everyone. Your way of thinking is very patronizing and simple minded. Our paid politicians are not doing there job. You are wrong to use this as an opportunity to sit in your well defined glass house and throw stones.

ctucker

May 14th, 2010
8:34 am

goober pyle, because I can’t think of a logically answer to the other question.

Hoops McCann

May 14th, 2010
8:35 am

Granny, thank you for your admission of guilt. Repeat after me: Deport Granny Godzilla! That would be a great day for America. No one would miss your worthless, self-loathing self. Seriously, Granny, you are illegal, please leave.

A Lumpkin Resident

May 14th, 2010
8:36 am

The U.S. Does NOT need students like this. She stole 10 years of primary school education ($100,000) and 4 years of out-of-state tuition ($80,000) from the citizens of Georgia. If she wants to pay that money back, return to Mexico, make application for admission to Kennesaw as an exchange student, pay proper tuition, then I say allow her to return to school. Otherwise, she is a thief and a felon.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
8:37 am

“My faith requires me to see these folks as refugees”

Your faith requires no such thing. You chose to run contradictory to common sense.

Ron Mexico

May 14th, 2010
8:37 am

I had plenty of friends in college who were in the U.S. on student visas. They paid dearly for them and out of state tuition. After they graduated, they filled out the proper forms to get work visas and stay in the United States. Some are now working to become citizens. Jessica Colotl spits in there faces.

on the left

May 14th, 2010
8:38 am

I know underestand why even the left wing ACJ fired you. You miss the issues and only see things thru your narrow viewpoint….which is usually not mainstream…..good luck in your next job since it appears you will be getting fired again……Maybe you can write an article on unemployment since you will have first hand experience.

Rev Al Sharptongue

May 14th, 2010
8:38 am

The same people talking about the law is the law are the same people who would have defended Jim Crowe laws in the past.

They will not admit it but they know its true.

They are bitter and cling to guns and religion and a hatred for people different than them.
Because most illegals are a brown color these people are in a rabid rage.

In the past when the laws were on their side, the sheriff in Cobb would have some of is boys come by at night and take the young lady from her cell and lynch her. You guys cant kill people indiscriminately like you used to in the not so long ago past so you come onto the internet and unleash your sick hatred for people solely on race. You will not admit its race but you have a LONG track record of being EVIL racist beings toward people different than you.

So most people of color do not believe you when you say its only about the rule of law

crabapplejoe

May 14th, 2010
8:39 am

Chris wrote: “2) Contact the Mexican Consulate to resolve her immigration status and for her to either start the path to citizenship/green card”

Once again, this girl has no basis to legitimize her status under current immigration laws…..for the rest of her life. That is the crux of the problem and the reason so many support the Dream Act. And contacting the Mexican Consulate certainly wouldn’t help her stay in this country.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
8:39 am

The left, after excluding/ignoring the facts of almost any case, tends to bring in God, religion, racism, bigotry, hate and other such silly emootional reactions.

Basically a group of sore losers.

kayaker 71

May 14th, 2010
8:39 am

Another instance of selective indignation on the part of Tucker. And of course, the racial label must be brought up or it wouldn’t be a Tucker piece. You are getting pretty thin as a “journalist”, Cynthia,, when you defend an obvious criminal, no matter how good her grades are. I am also not sure what your definition of “racist” really is. If it is condeming this young lady’s illegal actions then count me in as a racist. If it is playing the tuition game and not paying her fair share for an education when I pay the full ride for my children, count me as a racist. If it is entering this country illegally and lying about her status to a law enforcement officer, count me as a racist. I don’t care if she is green with red stripes….. she has broken the law in multiple ways, and, along with her parents, should be allowed to enjoy the magnificance off her own country at the earliest opportunity.

Americangirl

May 14th, 2010
8:39 am

I am caucasian and a naturalized citizen. When I was two, my parents brought me to the US legally. I had a green card that was one day forgotten on a trip to Canada to see grandparents. I was held at the border with my mother until my father could return with my green card. Life is so much easier when people make good decisions. For Ms. Colotl, her parents’ decision to enter this country illegaly resulted in consequences that may have a profound effect on the rest of her life.

VolMan

May 14th, 2010
8:40 am

Some of the most vocal people I know who are against illegal immigration are Asian Indians who came here legally. One friend was separated from her husband for 2 years while he waited to enter the US LEGALLY. We have laws that must be followed.

Red

May 14th, 2010
8:40 am

Colotl was in the country illegally,and was aware of the fact.
Her passposrt was expired.
She was driving without a license,so one would presume without insurance also.
She knowingly gave a bogus address to law enforcement.
How was she supporting herself? If she was working,it was without a SS#.
If people in the country illegally are an asset,what about the three recently arrested in the NY area in connection with the failed Times Square bombing? 4 of the 9/11 terrorists had expired visas-let’s ask the spouses,parents & children of the 9/11 victims what their thoughts are about failure to enforce immigration laws.

Ernesto

May 14th, 2010
8:40 am

Jessica Colotl is a victim of our ineffective immigration system. To punish the bright because of their status is just like to let a patient not get medical treatment because of his/her lack of insurance. Laws are not always effective, humane, or moral. They must be modified for the greater good.

Dustoff

May 14th, 2010
8:40 am

She needs to be run out of the country just like the rest of the illegals who are getting free education, medical care, housing, welfare and other benefits paid for by law abiding taxpayers.

This illegals drive with no license or insurance, then have a wreck and disappear. They work for under the table cash and send most of it out of the country. They haqve no respect for our country or laws so who needs them!!!!!

Chris

May 14th, 2010
8:40 am

crabapplejoe @ 8:39

Feel free to back up that with a link, or quote. By all accounts she is a citizen of Mexico. Citizens of Mexico can indeed become citizens or obtain Green Cards. Feel free to prove that wrong.

Joel

May 14th, 2010
8:41 am

Thank you crabapple- we, the taxpayer and the people, need to fully understand the issue and facts and force our “leaders” to construct, implement, and enforce the correct law. The answer lies between “round ‘em up” and “ignore and it will go away”

Hoops McCann

May 14th, 2010
8:41 am

Deport Jessica Colotl and Granny Godzilla!

Scout

May 14th, 2010
8:41 am

Send her back ……… but only if you go with her.

MobetterBlues

May 14th, 2010
8:41 am

Cynthia represents the bigots in the black community. She feels people owe minorities something if they have dark skin color or are not white. She would have a different opinion if this person was white and conservative; enforce the law she would say because you broke it. Her commitments might have merit if there were no legal way to immigrate to the US.

I propose we model our law like the Mexican immigration law;Illegal entry into the country Mexico is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years’ imprisonment. Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud. Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years’ imprisonment. Foreigners may be kicked out of the country without due process.

Liberalism is a disease that has no cure.

Jeffery Dahmer

May 14th, 2010
8:41 am

So I killed and ate a few people. I knew it was against the law but I WAS HUNGRY! You people have so much hatred in your heart for the starving. Where is the compassion for me?

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
8:41 am

The greater good would be for her to become legal or leave and stop being a freeloader…a thief, if you will.

john galt

May 14th, 2010
8:42 am

Hey Cynthia, A Lumpkin Resident has a great point. Maybe you can put your Pulitzer Money where your pen is, and repay the state for these stolen education services. Then, let’s all get together for a Kumbayah moment, raise the money for a first-class ticket back to Mexico and give her the right to petition for a residency visa. Problem solved.

resno2

May 14th, 2010
8:42 am

Do her detractors REALLY want to send her back to Mexico, or are they more interested in getting reimbursed for the tax monies that had been spent on her behalf, as if she were a legal resident? She should be required to pay back dated out of state tuition rates at the very least. Her detractors are also curious as to how she was allowed to graduate from a Georgia High School, and then KSU (or the university system of Georgia) ONLY using that criteria as her proof of residency. The system is obviously broken, and unfortunately this young lady was allowed to get this far in this broken system. Is it fair? Fair to who?

kayaker 71

May 14th, 2010
8:43 am

Sharptongue,

You and your namesake are still walking over Selma bridge. I wonder if you are as big a race pimp as he is.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
8:44 am

Doesnt matter Resno, broken system or not, its HER RESPONSBILITY to deal with HER issues.

Joel

May 14th, 2010
8:44 am

Reading more true thinking commentators- Kayaker, Ernesto, etc- I assume I can check when the blog hits 200 and the majority of the comments will be well thought and rational. Ernesto- she does have a “victim side” and there is a solution that doesn’t bypass what other immigrants are forced to do.

ctucker

May 14th, 2010
8:44 am

So, Granny, are you here illegally too? Maybe you should be deported as well.

Up Yours!

May 14th, 2010
8:45 am

I am waiting on the day that someone commits a murder. The defense will be that OUR government is picking what laws to enforce so the murderer is being UNFAIRLY PROSECUTED.

The law is the law. Either change it or enforce it. Not only is she illegally here but she willingly broke other laws. Throw her in jail and then throw her out of the country!

Hoops McCann

May 14th, 2010
8:45 am

Cynthia Tucker supports criminals and others breaking the law as long as it justifies her liberal agenda! News at 11

Scout

May 14th, 2010
8:46 am

Cynthia:

How about this ……….. based on your thread the other day let’s let her finish her education (at her expense) and then adopt your suggestion and make it a “felony” for any business to ever hire her !

That way she will move to a country where she can get a job?

How’s that?

Worthington

May 14th, 2010
8:46 am

She broke the law whoop-de-doo, Bush lied us into a War of choice that lead to the slaughter of innocent civilians, blood on America’s hands, throw him in jail while your thorwing her out of the Country….

Chris

May 14th, 2010
8:46 am

Hoops @ 8:45

Indeed. In other news, MEN LAND ON MOON!!

Richard Eastside Atlanta

May 14th, 2010
8:47 am

As a radical writer Cynthia encourages illegal entry into our country.

As a racist she encourages people of color to boldy break law and become a household name of shame.

As an embarrassment to the writing profession perhap she should be deported to a land that appreciates her BS drivel!

Would she have written this article if it had been a white female from Bulgaria same circumstances? Of course not! her blind bigotry is the worse kind FROM HER EYES ONLY

Rev Al Sharptongue

May 14th, 2010
8:47 am

Racist in your hearts, no compassion at all.

Hate, hate, hate masked as righteousness, “she broke a law”, so what screw an unjust law.
If her family came here for a better life and has succeeded why punish them? wheres the goodwill?

There is none for people of color by racist people. I would respect most of you more if you just admitted to being prejudice, rather than trying to hide behind irrational fear,and logic

Mike O.

May 14th, 2010
8:49 am

Why does this have to have anything to do about race or hate. It’s amazing how many people want to turn this into some sort of agenda. It’s a law, plain and simple. Either she an others are or aren’t breaking it. If they are, the penalties for breaking those laws need to be imposed.I would love to know why the ACLU is getting involved,isn’t that the American Civil Liberties Union? I’m pretty sure it’s already been established she’s not an American citizen,correct? Solution to all those that find themselves here illegally, go back to your home country, follow the proper proceedures to come here legally, become a naturalized citizen and then vote, problem solved. And just so nobody trys to make this about race, I’m a homegrown brown person (Cherokee), oh yeah!

fishtales

May 14th, 2010
8:49 am

Hey Rev I hear ya…but who determines what laws are just and unjust. You? Me? Or do laws have to be legislated and passed by LAWMAKERS?

Matt

May 14th, 2010
8:51 am

I often don’t agree with you Cynthia, but you’re absolutely right about this one. We need to put her on the fast track to becoming a US citizen. It doesn’t make sense to penalize her, she was 8 years old when she was brought into the country illegally. It’s time we stop using immigrants as scapegoats and realize that most are an asset, not a liability. She is a talented and bright young girl, we need more citizens like her. Don’t forget, we are a country founded by immigrants and many of you leaving negative comments wouldn’t even be in this great land if it wasn’t for immigration.

Chris

May 14th, 2010
8:51 am

Rev @ 8:47

‘Screw an unjust law’

That’s not how this country works. You follow the laws or you get them changed. We don’t get to pick and choose what laws we follow just because we don’t think they are good or we don’t like them.

resno2

May 14th, 2010
8:51 am

Cynthia is Sexy!!@8:44 – Yes, it is her responsibility. The broken system I was referring to was the one that allowed, and enabled, her to do what she did.

American

May 14th, 2010
8:51 am

It took SEVEN paragraphs for Cynthia to play the race card in this editorial…..I guess that’s improvement.

We are a nation of LAWS. There are consequences for breaking the LAWS. If we don’t enforce our LAWS then why even bother having them? Yes, this college student in this case seems to be a bright mind, she has accomplished much, and she seems to have a bright future ahead for her. But her parents broke the law – and so they must live by it. She is an illegal alien and therefore has no more legal status in this country than someone who sneaks across to work in the California produce fields.

Does our immigration system need reform? Heck yes. It needed it years ago. We have a government in Washington that doesn’t have the guts to reform it. We also need a wall between us and Mexico to help enforce our laws. Let immigrants come here LEGALLY and keep the undesirable ones OUT. It’s time to stop getting trampled on and stand up for ourselves as a country.

papason100

May 14th, 2010
8:51 am

I’m Black and I just married my Canadian fiancee and had to drop 1500 to immigration so she can be legal here. Sorry but she needs to be deported,how fair is it that we have to do things the legal way and others try not to and are made into a victim.. Black,White,Mexican,Green, she Broke the Law!!

Peadawg

May 14th, 2010
8:52 am

Rev Al Sharptongue, so you support all lawbreakers? Or just some? Do you support/defend murderers and rapists? Or just ILLEGAL immigrants? Please, do tell.

crabapplejoe

May 14th, 2010
8:53 am

@Chris: I can provide you with a link to the Immigration & Nationality Act if you so desire. It would take you about two days to read it and you wouldn’t understand it as it is more complicated than our tax code. The simple fact is, even if this girl married a U.S. citizen tomorrow, she could not legitimize her status. I would refer you to Section 245 of the aforementioned act. Even if she married a U.S. citizen (which is generally considered the fastest/easiest way to U.S. resident status) she would be required to return to Mexico for ten years before she could obtain a U.S. resident visa. As for the suggestion that she join the U.S. military…they would not take her because of her illegal status. That is one of the aims of the Dream Act…to allow folks like Jessica to legitimize their status through service in the U.S. military. Congress refuses to pass this legislation because of the backlash on the right against any form of “amnesty”. I’m not sure how serving in the U.S. military is an “amnesty”…..

come on

May 14th, 2010
8:53 am

All this girl had to do at some point in the last 10 years or so is apply to become a US Citizen. If not she could have applied for a green card.
What Cynthia “racist” Tucker fails to realize is that this girl broke federal law and were she in Arizona it would have been federal and state law. She have gotten free services that US citizens have paid for. She has gotten reduced tuition at KSU. She and her family should have to pay for everything that they have received in the US from healthcare to school.

Using Tucker’s own argument that this girl has so much to offer and has no other blemishes. Neither did Jeffrey Dahmer. Many people who break laws don’t have criminal histories, have done good in their communities, and have a lot to offer. That doesn’t make it right though.

If she is willing to pay for all the services of this country that she has mooched and she gets a valid green card or becomes a citizen then she can stay – otherwise send her back to third world Mexico.

Hmmmmmmm

May 14th, 2010
8:55 am

RealisticGeorgian wins the prize……. What a joke you are Realistic….

She broke the law and wants to be a lawyer…… Hmmmmm, sounds good to me, she should fit in well…

yamama

May 14th, 2010
8:55 am

Because she is a minority, it’s ok for her to break the law. Seems like that is the theme here. Sure, let her stay. Why not? Let’s all work a little harder so people like this, who have no regard for the laws here or procedures to become a legal citizen can stay here and prosper. If a white person drove without a license and lied to the police, there is no doubt what would happen. But, in this case, no problem. If you are born here legally, work hard, and do what is right you get a big open hand from the goverment asking for your money and other people get supported from it. It makes me sick.

Artie

May 14th, 2010
8:56 am

Get real, Ernesto!!!!! People need to accept responsibility of their actions. Quit making excuses for people. You obviously are an ENABLER!!!!!

aeesh guppy

May 14th, 2010
8:56 am

i am a immigrant physician, came here legally and i am tired of illegal immigration which is bankrupting this country.
i dont buy ajc newspaper because of stupid obama supporters like you.
ms tucker, i am shocked you are still employed by ajc for political correctness.

godless heathen

May 14th, 2010
8:56 am

So she wanted to be a lawyer. Doesn’t the ABA have any requirements? I couldn’t get a License in my profession without either being a legal resident or committing fraud. What was this woman’s intention?

Dumb All Over

May 14th, 2010
8:56 am

You have to obey the law. Good people make bad decisions and break the law. Just because you are a good person (I believe that Jessica is) does not exempt you from paying for your mistakes. When Jessica is a legal citizen then she can stay. She now has to make the right choices to stay here in America. Something she should have done a long time ago. Being a good person is doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

“Remember the longer you don’t enforce your immigration laws, the more difficult it is to do so.”

Ivan

May 14th, 2010
8:57 am

From Merriam-Webster;

Main Entry: 1il·le·gal
Pronunciation: \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈlē-gəl\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French illegal, from Medieval Latin illegalis, from Latin in- + legalis legal
Date: 1538
: not according to or authorized by law : unlawful, illicit; also : not sanctioned by official rules (as of a game)

Now, what exactly about ILLEGAL do you not understand?

RealisticGeorgian

May 14th, 2010
9:00 am

This is why I am an independent. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are sadly ineffective with political insiders who don’t know how to work on good policies to update our immigration policies to address realistic 21st century problems.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

May 14th, 2010
9:00 am

This issue holds little interest for me. I am an open borders advocate, always have been, so I am not particularly horrified to discover the presence of an “illegal” in Cobb County. But I disagree with the premise of today’s essay by our gracious hostess. I cannot think of a reason that the US needs any college student, legal or illegal.

The presence of college students adds nothing to the nation’s weal, as they are consumers and not producers. Almost all college students are subsidized by taxpayers or parents or both, thus they divert precious capital into non-productive uses. 75% of college students study worthless courses, as if we need another history or psychology major.

The better course would be to allow other nations of the world bear the expense of preparing students for life, then to open our borders to those now-educated and potentially-productive future entrepreneurs and employees. I’m all for a brain-drain – bring them here from other countries. The effect would be to shift capital from those countries to ours. The present system, alas, is to produce minds here for export, a net negative for our country.

Peadawg

May 14th, 2010
9:02 am

RealisticGeorgian, this has nothing to do w/ which party you’re with. This has to do with breaking the law.

Chris

May 14th, 2010
9:02 am

I’m in the process of reading that act, and it’s a tough thing to read.

However, one aspect seems to stand out:

245,i,1,C – ) 2a/ who, in the case of a beneficiary of a petition for classification, or an application for labor certification, described in subparagraph (B) that was filed after January 14, 1998, is physically present in the United States on the date of the enactment of the LIFE Act Amendments of 2000; may apply to the Attorney General for the adjustment of his or her status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence. The Attorney General may accept such application only if the alien remits with such a pplication a sum equaling $1,000

Now I haven’t had a chance to read all the corresponding articles, but it LOOKS like there is a path to citizenship there. Keep in mind I’m not saying you are wrong, but that I need to know more about it to make an informed decision and argument.

Chris Broe

May 14th, 2010
9:02 am

What is the Independents’ policy on illegals?

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
9:03 am

I think this would be the perfect opportunity for President Obama to say something along the lines of….the Democrats got the economy turned around, made health care a right and will soon pass financial regulation….why don’t you wonderful Republicans bring an immigration bill to the floor?

Yes, that’s the ticket.

I challenge the GOP to put their legislative “money” were their mouths are.

Instead of leading an agry mob with torches and pitchforks – lead
on immigration reform legislation.

Call Saxby and Johnny and get them motivated.

Ponder

May 14th, 2010
9:04 am

“..she came to this country illegally..” and is a negative burden on our societal resources. Illegal is Illegal!!!

Question – perhaps someone can provide information how Mexico handles their illegal immigrants??

resno2

May 14th, 2010
9:06 am

This is a perfect opportunity for obama to keep his damn mouth shut, and his nose out of state business, let the State of Georgia deal with it.

Gary Farmer

May 14th, 2010
9:06 am

I find it both interesting AND informative that the only person that Cynthia Tucker has chosen to respond to so far – and that with an agreement – has been “RealisticGeorgian”, who may very well be Georgian but is anything but realistic. A few personal experiences here:

1.) RG says openly that “Actions like these by GA sheriffs and the crazy hate-filled rhetoric only demonstrate to prospective domestic and international businesses that Georgia is not to place to move their businesses.” That’s funny – I would think that a sheriff upholding the law would be a sign that this is a GOOD place to move a business, but that doesn’t compute in the world of the looney left. He/she then goes on to say “It is a crazy state that does not embrace diversity.” That might be true… looking at the Atlanta city government and the various state agencies with which I am personally aquainted, it would very much appear that white males are not tolerated very well: a very distinct lack of tolerance to be sure… And then “All that ugly, hate-filled language is coming out again.”. Funny – nobody so far has actually said they hate this girl. They just don’t want someone who by her very actions is a criminal and who avows a desire to become of all things a lawyer continuing to break the law.

2.) All the self-appointed “experts” who say she couldn’t possibly have done anything to become legal have no idea what they are talking about. I personally know of several (3) people who came to this country illegally, and then fought their way though the courts to become legal residents. Now, I do NOT agree with how they got here but I have to respect that they took the time and effort to eventuially make their presence legal.

3.) This is NOT an “immigration” issue, and all those who seek to make it so do so in order to obscure the facts. It is a case of someone who is a criminal. She is not “undocumented” – she’s ILLEGAL. Mexico’s policies on illegally being in theri country are far more strict than ours – but nobody seems to care since Americans are not attempting to illegally emmigrate to Mexico. Europe’s policies on illegally being in various European countries are far more strict, but again, no one cares, for the same reason. It is time that the US enforce the laws, close the borders, and reclaim the country.
4.) Finally – PLEASE don’t use that tired old “the illegals are only taking jobs no one else will do” garbage. What, nobody picked crops, got clean laundry, or had their lawns mowed before the illegals got here? No, what illegals do is UNDERCUT Americans and legal immigrants who would have done the jobs but would have gotten paid better for doing them. In short, illegals hurt employment for everyone else.

Cynthia Tucker has found a willing platform in the form of the AJC, but that doesn’t change the fact that she continues to be a liberal shill masquerading as a journalist.

Chris

May 14th, 2010
9:07 am

Granny @ 9:03 –

I’m all for it. Feel free to call them up.

crabapplejoe

May 14th, 2010
9:07 am

Come on wrote: “All this girl had to do at some point in the last 10 years or so is apply to become a US Citizen. If not she could have applied for a green card.”

Come on folks….if you have absolutely no knowledge of the U.S. immigration laws then don’t pontificate about their effects on people’s situation. One more time….Jessica has/had absolutely no way to legitimize her status in this country under existing immigration laws…that is the problem that this case illuminates. Yes, she and her parents broke the law…is there some way to fix the problem…NOOOOOOO. She can’t pay a large fine (she would if she could)…she can’t volunteer to serve in our military (they can’t take her)…she is not entitled to a student visa….she can’t just apply for U.S. citizenship without first obtaining a “green card”. Even if she married a U.S. citizen tomorrow she would have to return to Mexico for ten years before returning to the U.S. with a “green card” immigrant visa. That’s the facts folks.

T-Town

May 14th, 2010
9:07 am

Ms. Tucker;

Though I have sympathy Ms. Colotl, as a former law enforcement officer I can recall numerous cases where people have committed murder or other very serious crimes, fled the area of the incident, assumed a different name and life (one, as I recall was a relative of the Kennedys: Michael Skakel). For some reason, they then came in contact with a government authority and their real identification was obtained and the criminal lived an exemplary life for many years.

Now under your reasoning, since the person “turned their world around” and became a model citizen, got an education, a job and paid their taxes, we should overlook the person transgression(s) and not prosecute them. Though extreme in my example, selective prosecution should not be the solution.

Gotta Go!

May 14th, 2010
9:07 am

This article encapsulates the entire “why we are being overrun with illegals” problem. We cannot pick and choose. If the are illegal, they have to go back. No exceptions. Our immigration policies and enforcement are a joke. There has to a tightening of the laws. Close the borders. Enforce the laws.

PEOPLE, STEP UP AND WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMAN!!! THIS HAS TO STOP! WE ARE BEING INVADED. OUR EDUCATION IS FALLING TO RUIN. THE DRUG TRADE IS RUNNING THE BORDERS. WE CANNOT AFFORD OR CONTINUE TO ABSORB ILLEGALS INTO OUR SYSTEM.

Ms. Tucker, if I thought you even believed half of what you wrote, I’d never read another article of yours. You are a great shock-journalist. What a hoot! Keep up the good work.

hoodtechie

May 14th, 2010
9:07 am

That’s right ct come into this country illegally, use up all the resources meant for our citizens, lie to the authorities on pertinent information and you have the gall to support her. You are the type of liberal that this country can do without. What about all the students that weren’t able to get into school because of thousands of illegal’s like this taking up slots. No sympathy for the American student here who is legal huh.Please ct take your social security money and everything else owed to you and move to a socialist country, seems you’d be happier there anyway. As an African American you are an embarrassment. Not only do you try and spin things to your views but you are very much misinformed on a lot of your topics that you write about, please tell me you don’t have kids.

dw

May 14th, 2010
9:07 am

Hey Cynthia,

If they are legal, let them come to the U.S. !!!

This is definitely an unfortunate scenario. But the answer is not
as easy as you think, nor probably what I think as well.

If “illegal” doesn’t matter, and it most apparently does not in your world, what about convicted criminals in jail. I mean, based on your criteria, illegal doesn’t matter, so they should get a free pass as well. Somebody, somewhere broke the law. So what to do.

Mike O.

May 14th, 2010
9:07 am

“She intends to study Law” really? So if that is or was her intent, she surely knew exactly what she was doing. Everyone can argue the immigration law is a joke, but it’s our joke @ the moment, so deal with it. I wonder, would Ms Tucker and those like her, including some of the posters here show this kind of outcry if this were a Nigerian, Hatian, Korean or better yet Arabic person?

Charles

May 14th, 2010
9:08 am

The law is a ass. Those who call for her to be thrown out of the Country can be seen throughout history. Burning witches, fighting the end of slavery(used to be the law of the land), interning Asians, denying women’s right to vote, and other civil right that threatens their ignorant mind’s worldview…..

Rev Al Sharptongue

May 14th, 2010
9:08 am

That’s not how this country works. You follow the laws or you get them changed. We don’t get to pick and choose what laws we follow just because we don’t think they are good or we don’t like them.

Like Jim Crowe? Rosa Parks should have moved to the back of the bus because that was law?
Blacks should use separate facilities because it was law?

I’m sure MOST of you would have or have said the same thing about civil rights protesters and MLK.

Ron Swanson

May 14th, 2010
9:09 am

So you think someone who breaks the law and demonstrates blatant disrespect for it should become a lawyer? She is welcome to come back and finish her degree once she applies for a visa.

Sergey

May 14th, 2010
9:09 am

Synthia,

Pls don’t put your words in mouth people who don’t like her here.

She and her parents have shown disrespect and ignorance of law of our country for many many years. She and her parents have been stealing public money for years by attending public schools and public universities. They routinely lied about their citizenship while filling many many applications. My be she is bright, but she far away from being honest person. She and here parents also have shown ignorance toward other immigrants by jumping ahead of people who patiently waits to enter country legally.
Here troubles of her own making. We don’t need bright but dishonest people. The biggest difference between Mexico and USA that people in US learn to respect the law. You seams to lag on this skill.

The fact that she used to easy life in US doesn’t constitute excuse for breaking the law.

MobetterBlues

May 14th, 2010
9:10 am

Cynthia and jay Bookman are the primary reason the AJC is on the decline. Their liberal thoughts help elect Obama and destroy what is left of freedom and capitalism; both of which they enjoy and have profited from.

Mtn. Man

May 14th, 2010
9:10 am

Gale, Simple!,she will credit card purchase forged documents,needed to be admitted to the bar! She will make an excellent attorney,specializing in immigration issues…….her portfolio just got a jump start! Mtn. Man

T-Town

May 14th, 2010
9:10 am

One comment: Mr. Skakel did not change his name, but did lead an exemplary life married to a golf pro.

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
9:11 am

Chris

I did.

Your turn.

Saxby 770-763-9090

Johnny 770-661-0999

Amir

May 14th, 2010
9:11 am

I really feel for this young lady on a personal level and wish her luck. The problem here is not what happens to one person (this young lady) but the repercussions and precedent that will follow. By letting this young lady and others like her to stay here we saying that it’s ok for anyone to bypass our immigration laws as long as once you are here you get an education and become a productive member of American society. This will lead to more foreigners (and not just from Mexico) to bypass our immigration laws and just come into our country. People need to come here through legal means. As far as this young lady – I personally think they should let her finish her education at KSU, but pay out of state tuition and shen she should go back to her home country and after 3 years be able to apply though legal means via the US Dept of Immigration to gain legal access. People can’t just go to any country they want and decide to stay there. FYI – my family and I immigrated to the US from the Middle East when I was 8 (legally of course).

Jeny

May 14th, 2010
9:11 am

Oh my gosh…Tucker is SO predictable. “Let her stay”.

Of course….let’s just let her and all the other FELON ILLEGAL ALIENS stay in our country. How many are there? Millions.

Tucker, I used to work with your husband. Do you realize the hell you put him through everyday with your assinine columns? The boy wsa the outcast of the office….I can’t even imagine having to live with you full time.

“let her stay”. Soon they’ll be bumper stickers, billboards and websites….”let her stay”.

Grow up, Tucker.

Chris

May 14th, 2010
9:12 am

Because lying to police about where you live, or having to have a license to drive, or having to go through the proper channels to be in this country legally IS THE EXACT SAME THING as Jim Crowe laws.

Not going to fall for your race baiting today, chief.

Richard

May 14th, 2010
9:12 am

CT = Typical Liberal
She has her talking points, then suddenly disappears when legitimate intellectual debate begins. There are around 50 posts following her piece, and she has only managed to respond to one of the few posters who actually agrees with her. (RealisticGeorgian) So, you know she is reading all of these posts but is very selective when she posts. I found it very amusing that she never responded to the individual who posted the letter to President Obama and the list of requests for the Mexican President when he ILLEGALLY moves to Mexico.

crabapplejoe

May 14th, 2010
9:14 am

Chris wrote: “who, in the case of a beneficiary of a petition for classification, or an application for labor certification, described in subparagraph (B) that was filed after January 14, 1998″

You are dancing aroung Section 245(i) of the Act which was an amelioritive statute that allows folks who had petitions on their behalf filed before April 30, 2001 to adjust their status by paying a $1000 fine. I can only assume that nobody in Jessica’s family filed a petition on her behalf before that date since they are all probably illegal. Moreover, I doubt that an employer filed a “labor certification” on her behalf before that date since she would have been about ten years old at the time.

Chris

May 14th, 2010
9:14 am

Granny – I sent both of them (and my Rep) emails when the Arizona law got passed. Way ahead of you.

And joe, I pointed out where I disagree with you (and someone else has anecdotal evidence to contradict you). But if she has to go back to Mexico for an inordinate amount of time..tough.

kayaker 71

May 14th, 2010
9:16 am

Granny,

The Demos wouldn’t like what the Repubs proposed. They wouldn’t like it at all. We are not an “angry mob with pitchforks”. Neither is the Tea Party an angry bunch of “racists”. We are just tired of Bozo and his gang trying to turn this country into something that the majority of Americans do not want. If you read the vast majority of posts on this blog today, you will see that around 2/3 of the electorate believes that illegals should go home. That leaves about 33% who believe otherwise. Might that be the black contingent and the latinos screaming “discrimination” and “racism”. Arizona is fed up, the majority of white America is fed up and I am surprised that a well meaning citizen of this country, like yourself, who obeys the laws of the land is not fed up as well.

Joel

May 14th, 2010
9:16 am

Searching for the hue and cry over Shane Finn- 14 year old autistic young man in Ga being investigated as a terrorist for drawing stick figures with guns.

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
9:16 am

Chris

No it appears we are tied…..I did some correspondence on the issue as well….

Did you ask them to bring an immigration bill to the floor?

Ed C Smith

May 14th, 2010
9:17 am

She is Illegal. To remain in the USA, she needs to return to Mexico and then apply for legal entry into this country. It may take a while. Once here, she should apply for to be a US citizen. If she is unwilling, she needs to remain in Mexico. As of now, she is breaking the law of the USA.

Moderate Line

May 14th, 2010
9:17 am

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.
+++++++++++++++++++++
Ok. Cynthia made the argument that we should make it illegal to hire illegals immigrants why is should she not be demanding KSU kick here out of school. Wasn’t that the argument that if they have no jobs they would go back to Mexico.

Doesn’t KSU have the lengthy application process that Cynthia indicated would stop illegals.

Plus do we really need more lawyers. We need more people with science and engineering degrees not political science degrees.

Cindy

May 14th, 2010
9:17 am

Those hispanic people should be all be prosecuted for coming to our country illegeally. Deport them all, they are all illegeal. They belong in to the trashy country they came from.

Chris Broe

May 14th, 2010
9:18 am

Pardonnez-moi, Ragnar, avez-vous des Grey Poupon?

Chris

May 14th, 2010
9:19 am

I did one better and wrote some key pieces for them. Including a proposition that provides for every single illegal to become a citizen at a steep fine.

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
9:19 am

Kayaker 71

Are you saying the Republicans are afraid of what the Democrats might say about there immigration proposals – so afraid in fact that they won’t even try?

Fed up? You betcha’ -with the bitchin’ about it from the right and as usual not so much as a teeny weeny itsy bitsy attempt at action.

Jeramy

May 14th, 2010
9:20 am

I guess the next time I get a speeding ticket, I don’t need to pay the fine. After all, even though I knowingly broke the law, I shouldn’t be held accountable for my actions.

RoswellYellowJacket

May 14th, 2010
9:23 am

I love how she wants to be a lawyer…she’ll be good at it, since she’s already very good at BREAKING laws. SEND HER BACK!

Charles

May 14th, 2010
9:26 am

Those using legality to justify their position, did you also support separate but equal when it was the law? I guess all of you demanding she be thrown out of the Country would in another time be sitting on a bus demanding Rosa Parks get to the back where by law she belonged……

kayaker 71

May 14th, 2010
9:27 am

No, I am saying that Bozo and his gang are not about to turn over responsibility for this type of legislation to anyone but themselves. They have too many votes to lose. Your suggestion to allow the Repubs to have a voice is a mute point. They haven’t opened the doors yet except in a pathetic show of “bipartisanship” that no one really believes is happening. Bozo has to maintain strict control of his agenda with no compromises to anyone who would interfere. His chin in the air arrogance won’t settle for anything else.

Mike O.

May 14th, 2010
9:28 am

@ Rev, you’re for real? Rosa Parks, the Great Dr. Martin Luther King, you’re honestly equating what those great people did to illegal immigration? You do know they “were” citizens and fighting for equallity and not trying to go around the law, but right thru it. Think before playing the race card and show some sort of knowledge on a subject other than what you read in this entertainment rag.

Terry

May 14th, 2010
9:28 am

The Census wants me to tell them who lives in my house; tells me that this info is not shared for immigration purposes, but isn’t this the problem? This country wants to continue to “federally fund” people who are here illegally. When I enrolled my children in school, as well as my parents for me, proper documentation was required. When I applied for federal funds for further education copies of my legal status was requested. THERE IS A PROCESS!!! Everyone should be required to follow IT! This is not about being prejudice. I am an African-American and through the years my ancestors have helped pave the way in hopes that I can be a productive CITIZEN and I have to abide by the laws just like everyone else. If I lease a residence, I have to show that I am capable of paying by bills (that I have a job, ID, & SSN). If I want to purchase a car; before I drive off the lot, I have to show my driver’s licsence, and proof of insurance. My illegal neighbors live three or four families deep and this is overlooked, but my lease reads “no more than two people per bedroom”. I have to purchase full or no-fault insurance because if anyone (including illegal immigrants) hit me, not only am I out of the deductable, but they go untouched, plus they don’t show up to court and the system spends no time prosecuting them, SO AGAIN “WE CITIZENS” are left paying the tab. When I was a young mother in need of assistance I went to DFACS for help. They asked me where the father of my children was (who was in the system for Child Support) and after being grilled about every aspect of my life I was still denied, but again I furnished all documentation and was still denied because my income was too high for a family of three. Okay, I understood that I had to do the best I could to raise my children; work harder, get raises, PAY TAXES! I witnessed whole illegal families in the same offices with the father holding illegal children getting benefits from my “legal citizen tax dollars” and you wonder why our hospitals, schools, and other “legal citizens” are losing funding! I SAY DEPORT ANYONE HERE ILLEGALLY, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE ON TEMPORARY STATUS GETTING EDUCATION, INSIGHT ON OUR COUNTRY’S SECURITY SYSTEM, USING THE GOVERNMENT TO FUND THIER CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, AND CAUSING HARM TO THOSE WHO TRUST AND ALLOW THEM SOME KIND OF FREEDOM. Fair is fair. If I have to establish citizenship so should everyone else. I have no sympathy for this young lady or anyone else who abuse the system, even my fellow citizens that my tax dollars fund. I am for any group that helps get anyone fired, jailed, fined, and put out of business that allows such activities.

Matt

May 14th, 2010
9:28 am

The self righteous are out in droves today.

Richard

May 14th, 2010
9:28 am

Moderate Line wrote:

Ok. Cynthia made the argument that we should make it illegal to hire illegals immigrants why is should she not be demanding KSU kick here out of school. Wasn’t that the argument that if they have no jobs they would go back to Mexico.

Doesn’t KSU have the lengthy application process that Cynthia indicated would stop illegals.

Great Comment Moderate Line: Waiting for your response Cynthia….

Use Some Sense

May 14th, 2010
9:29 am

So she was brought over the border illegally at age 10, by her parents. Now she is older and actually trying to make something of herself, and become a productive member of society. I guess the teabaggers’ personal responsibility argument doesn’t apply here. Glad you all were experts in the laws at age 10.

Chris

May 14th, 2010
9:29 am

And the ostriches, too. Is the sand warm?

CRB

May 14th, 2010
9:31 am

@Cynthia…

How does she expect to practice law is she’s not a legal resident?

kayaker 71

May 14th, 2010
9:32 am

Terry,

Well said, my friend, well said.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

May 14th, 2010
9:34 am

Dear Chris @ 9:18, apologies, left it in my other riding coat.

Ryan

May 14th, 2010
9:34 am

Enter your comments here

Shawny

May 14th, 2010
9:35 am

Chris at 8:34 nails it.
nice job.

There is no hating. Just play by the rules and we will all get along.
She broke and is breaking multiple laws.

Liberals like laws, providing they are laws they are in favor of. Other laws… not so much.

Other countries have WAY more restrictive citizenship policies and border control. We have some controls on the books, but refuse to enforce them. That is why AZ has to pass their own laws of enforcement.

Old Man

May 14th, 2010
9:35 am

Sigh…Cynthia, I don’t think you recognize the inflamatory language you use in your posts. I finally got it that you deliberately ignore all viewpoints that aren’t yours. I got it that it’s ok for you to call names, but not ok for your opponents. But until this moment I didn’t get that your intent is either to inflame or that you are ignorant of how you inflame.

Cekker

May 14th, 2010
9:35 am

A question for you Cynthia –

How would you respond if the undocumented, unlicensed, illegal St. Jessica was stopped after running over your baby instead of something more ‘routine’?

Would you still be crying for her rights as an illegal immigrant?

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
9:36 am

Kayaker 71

sorry no excuses

this is the issue that the GOP should be leading on. don’t we hear how many people approve of the new AZ law?

why are the republicans afraid to bring a bill?

shouldn’t it get tons of press, aid in the mid terms and rally the base?

are you saying the GOP will only stand up for their professed ideals and write appropriate legislation if there is a guarantee of winning?

really?

wow.

lovelyliz

May 14th, 2010
9:36 am

The 1996 welfare reform bill disqualified illegal immigrants from nearly all means-tested government programs including food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid and Medicare-funded hospitalization. The only services that illegals can still get are emergency medical care and K-12 education.

According to a study by the Urban Institute, the 1996 welfare reform effort dramatically reduced the use of welfare by undocumented immigrant households, exactly as intended.

Whats Important

May 14th, 2010
9:36 am

Cynthia, I see under your byline that you are in Washington. I am sure there are problems there that you can “report” on (although you blatant proselytizing hardly qualifies as reporting), so why don’t you get to it and let Georgia and Cobb County worry about themelves. As to KSU needing this young woman, why do they need a student who has knowingly broken the law on several occasions throughout her illegal stay in the U.S. KSU has wait-listed very good candidates, from Georgia and other states, who could have and would have taken the spot at KSU that Jessica illegally obtained. The fact that Papp aribtrarily decided she should receive in-state tuition costs, shows how far afield “political correctness” can take you.

Scout

May 14th, 2010
9:38 am

How is she going to practice law? She can’t get a job as an illegal.

Cythia ……… I’m waiting for a response to me 8:46 post …………….

Gator Joe

May 14th, 2010
9:38 am

Cynthia,
This young lady’s story is more typical in many ways of undocumented immigrants than not. Most learn English, work hard to earn honest livings, and become educated. Your article, I believe, gets to the heart of the issue, that is, the US is rapidly becoming more diverse both racially and culturally.
Once again it is necessary to remind those lacking compassion that were they, or their relatives, facing starvation, poverty, or persecution they would seek to enter this country anyway possible, illegally if necessary. Many of their relatives did just that, except that it may have been centuries ago.

Common Sense

May 14th, 2010
9:38 am

Thank you Cynthia. Born and raised a Republican, I am embarassed by people like Eric Johnson. His views are not what true Republicanism is based on. My party has apparently left me.

Kamchak

May 14th, 2010
9:38 am

There are around 50 posts following her piece, and she has only managed to respond to one of the few posters who actually agrees with her.

I find it very amusing when people believe that everyone should be soooo into them.

:roll:

Felipe Calderón

May 14th, 2010
9:39 am

Hello Americans. Please continue to educate and subsidize my citizens. Once this young lady tugs on enough heartstrings I plan to send more and more of our our citizens to your country to receive a free education, health care and living expenses. Don’t think I can? I already provide them with information on how to sneak in and get a place on your gov’t teat.
Please completely open your borders soon so the leaders of the other central American countries can send their poorest to you. I mean, what would Jesus do? Certainly you can afford to take care of all the world’s poor… you are a rich country. It’s not like you have a huge defecit or anything. Pasta lasagna mi amigos!!!

Billy T.

May 14th, 2010
9:39 am

Send her home.
She broke the law.
She knew she was illegally in this country.
She lied to police.
She did not have a driver’s license.
She received the in-state tuition rate that cost the rest of the taxpayers.
Ship her home.
Allow the people that follow the law and apply for residency in the USA to come first.

Libertarian

May 14th, 2010
9:39 am

She can’t become a lawyer in America. Any real law firm would complete an I-9 form at the time of hiring her. She would have to produce certain documents to prove her immigration status.

I bet CT, realisticgeorgian et al would change their tune if Jessica has slammed into their cars, killing/injuring one of their family members and then she has no insurance to pay for it (BC you can’t get car insurance without a license).

That said, I think immigration laws should address the issue of children who were brought here by their parents when they were under a certain age. Perhaps give them a way to apply for a visa/greencard once they turn 18.

Richard

May 14th, 2010
9:41 am

Exactly Shawny! Selective application of law…I would love to be a fly on the wall in Cynthia’s office to hear how she really feels about certain events such as the vandalism that occurred to the cross Mojave Desert Cross. I wonder if she believes the individuals who committed this crime should be punished???

HDB

May 14th, 2010
9:43 am

Jethro May 14th, 2010
8:29 am
Fundamental to the core of our nation is the idea that we are governed by laws of the people, by the people, for the people. The laws apply to everybody. And while I do admire the stated goals and intentions of Ms. Colotl, I cannot abide by the fact that she is attempting to achieve these goals illegally. It doesn’t matter if her last name is Colotl or O’Shea or Lubyenka or Schmidt or Nguyen or Mbosa. The law – unlike you – doesn’t discriminate.

Problem is…the law DOES discriminate…..because those who APPLY the law discriminate!!
1) Ms. Colotl was educated in Georgia schools as a child…and they applied the law to allow her to be educated here. Her HS transcripts were from Georgia schools. By law, she was entitled to in-state tuition!
2) Ms. Colotl was admitted to KSU on that basis…and maintained an exemplary academic record; that granted her financial aid UNDER CURRENT LAW

The only laws that were broken were her traffic violation and false address to the police!! NOW, the law wishes to vilify a woman who up to this point, followed the law while she was here! I’d hide too from all of the persecution that people here are giving her!! I venture to say that if she were white with blonde hair that this wouldn’t have even made the news!!!

Like the old saying states: If you’re white, you’re right; if you’re brown, get down; if you’re black, get back; if you’re red, you’re dead!!
3)

Chris

May 14th, 2010
9:45 am

Her simply being here was a violation of the law. What fantasy world do you live in?

Joel

May 14th, 2010
9:45 am

Obama just had a fund raising dinner in NY- the cost 50k yes 50,000 thousand per plate. He, like Bush Jr., are so in touch with the common folk.

Ryan

May 14th, 2010
9:45 am

Two people down the street have had a warrant out for for their arrests for the meth they have been selling for the last 3 years. Please oh please don’t arrest them, they have done so well in college, donate to the humane society and in the future they could turn their lives around. I so hope you look the other way.

Ponder

May 14th, 2010
9:46 am

And so it begins… build up the government dependent Dem voter base –

Pelosi Calls for Amnesty for Illegal Aliens
Thursday, May 13, 2010
By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter

(CNSNews.com) — Speaking at the Asian-American and Pacific Islanders Summit held at the Capitol on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for amnesty for illegal aliens in the United States, a proposal she called a “path to legalization.”

Chris

May 14th, 2010
9:49 am

I hope Pelosi is advocating at least a $10k price tag per person.

Who am I kidding.

Anyway, it’s glad to see the majority of folks (just like in real life) are grounded in (actual) reality. I’m out.

Richard

May 14th, 2010
9:49 am

Kamchack: I don’t think she needs to respond to every single post (presumably she has a job to do), but it is pretty obvious that she reads these comments. Yet she only managed to respond once, and it was one of the few that agreed with her position. In an intellectual debate, it is more effective to counter an argument from the other side than to merely echo the comments of others on your side so why not pick out the best post from the other side of the argument and counter it? Hell if she does an effective job, I might even begin to see the light….

Felipe Calderón

May 14th, 2010
9:49 am

Libertarian, she will not work for a “real” law firm. She will work with a group of real lawyers on behalf of other illegals who are being discriminated against because they are not receiving their fair share of your pie. Maybe she can help other illegals stay permanently… maybe she can just tie things up long enough to be forgotten. Either way, she’ll be working for me and her fellow countrymen.

Scout

May 14th, 2010
9:49 am

I hope they are making gasoline out of all that oil they are “sopping up” !

Matt

May 14th, 2010
9:51 am

Once again, most of you are only in this country because your ancestors, many of whom were escaping economic and religious oppression. It’s time to revamp our convoluted immigration policy.

csquared

May 14th, 2010
9:51 am

@richard 9:14 “She has her talking points, then suddenly disappears when legitimate intellectual debate begins” you’ll have to excuse me if i missed the “legitimate intellectual debate” all Ive seen here are a bunch of rants, mainly aimed at excoriating a young woman who came here with her parents illegally. If holding her accountable for what her parents did is the way we’re going to apply our laws, then kids across the state of parents that have committed crimes, large and small, should be serving with them. But before you agree, that’s going to affect ALL criminals, not just those in the minority community.

Peter

May 14th, 2010
9:52 am

I appreciate this article Cynthia – as I have some mutual friends with Jessica, and by all accounts she represents one of our “best and brightest”. It’s our loss if we don’t figure out a way to attract and allow to stay here the talented and hardworking people that can make our society better. Who knows? – Maybe she or someone like her would be the person that finds a cure for cancer or invents the next amazing technology?

Kamchak

May 14th, 2010
9:53 am

…why not pick out the best post from the other side of the argument and counter it?

Again—-maybe, just maybe, she’s just not that into you.

kayaker 71

May 14th, 2010
9:54 am

Granny,

Why do you think that all of our spinless politicians won’t have an immigration bill this year? Losing the latino vote in November might be at the top of the list and suffering the indignation of voters like the dissatisfied posters on this blog. Makes little difference what party is involved. But you cannot convince me that Bozo would voluntarily submit to suggestions from anyone but his chosen few. Hasn’t happened so far. Why do you think it would happen now? You are living in a fantasy world. I also accept the bet. I like Bones. They have one of the best sirloin strips in town and a pretty fair wine list. Add some aspargus with creme sauce, a loaded baked potato and rasberrys for desert showered with Grand Marnier. Then we’ll have a good cup of coffee and celebrate the neutering of Bozo. Sound like fun?

Billy T.

May 14th, 2010
9:55 am

Dear csquared,

Nice try at twisting the facts. If the parents rob banks and the kid is driving a new car as a result of the loot from the bank…when the parents are caught … the kid’s new car is seized. The kid does not get to keep the car merely because the child was not the one robbing the banks.

BKM

May 14th, 2010
9:55 am

She is not here legally. End of the story. She lied to the cops. I don’t know why people try to glamourise situations like this. She is breaking the law.

DMac

May 14th, 2010
9:56 am

Miss Tucker, What is xenophobic about enforcing the law? She is in this country illegally, she broke state traffic law (driving without a license) and she lied to both the university and to law enforcement officials. She is a lawbreaker, plain and simple and is in this country illegally. DEPORT HER!!!

mit

May 14th, 2010
9:56 am

i thought it would crazy to agree with scout or peadawg on anything but….i prolly won’t be as harsh.
She lied on her college application if she received in-state tuition. she should have to pay back tuition. I paid out-of -state when I moved b/c I didn’t lie on my application. She lied to police if she gave a false address. felony end of story. there are plenty of smart foreigners at GSU but they have student visas. exactly how is that fair for an illegal immigrant to get in-state while all the rest do it correctly. i am no hard-liner as scout and peadawg know but cynthia is wrong on this one.

HDB

May 14th, 2010
9:57 am

Chris

May 14th, 2010
8:51 am
Rev @ 8:47

‘Screw an unjust law’

That’s not how this country works. You follow the laws or you get them changed. We don’t get to pick and choose what laws we follow just because we don’t think they are good or we don’t like them.

Excuse me….but wasn’t it civil DISOBEDIENCE that made certain laws change so that ethnic minorities could FINALLY get full Constitutional protection?? At times, there is a moral imperative to break the law so that it CAN be changed!! In its current state, the law does not address those undocumenteds that are caught in limbo!! What needs to be addressed here is how to codify that status so that those who HAVE no criminal record and have attempted to assimilate into society can be considered for resident status. Remember: Ronald Reagan gave the preponderance of these undocumenteds amnesty….and GWB was prepared to do likewise!!

Obama

May 14th, 2010
9:57 am

No fear.
I need all of the illegals to keep me in office.
BTY, I walk on water.

Kung

May 14th, 2010
9:57 am

Thank you Cynthia, for having the courage to say the obvious. We need immigration reform so that students like Jessica can become American citizens. My parents came to this country from China in 1948, when immigration reform opened up a pathway for them to become citizens. Once that reform was passed, it took them 4 years to become citizens. My extended family also immigrated to the U.S. and have, over the last 50 years, “produced” 3 engineers, 2 doctors, 2 teachers, 3 architects,and 8 small business owners. Our family, collectively, have helped to grow the American economy and – to Cynthia’s point – have diversified this nation in a way that some find deeply uncomfortable.Today, at the present quota levels and without reform, it would take someone like Jessica 148 years to become a citizen. We want people like Jessica – and the thousands and thousands of other immigrants who are currently out of status – to have a pathway to citizenship the way my parents did. When I head people saying “immigration reform now,” that’s what I understand them to be saying: it’s time again to open up a pathway to citizenship to people like Jessica.

A Lumpkin Resident

May 14th, 2010
9:57 am

Ragnar wrote this: “The presence of college students adds nothing to the nation’s weal, as they are consumers and not producers. Almost all college students are subsidized by taxpayers or parents or both, thus they divert precious capital into non-productive uses. 75% of college students study worthless courses, as if we need another history or psychology major”

I wouldn’t go that far. Ultimately, college students present a net increase in taxes over the course of their lifetimes. Here’s the thing: There are literally MILLIONS of brilliant students who would gladly LEGALLY pay their way. NPR ran a story yesterday where 400,000 students competed for 8000 University slots in India. I can virtually guarantee that 100,000 of those students are more brilliant that Ms Colotl and would be glad to be here legally going to KSU. A illegal political science major who wants to go to law school is that last thing we need.

Tommy Maddox

May 14th, 2010
9:57 am

Illegal = Illegal.

Lying to law enforcement only compounds her predicament.

Scout

May 14th, 2010
9:58 am

mit:

What I want to know is did “Che” Obama lie at Columbia University by receiving foreign student loans as Barry Soweto?

John

May 14th, 2010
9:58 am

I’m sure most of the angry people are just upset to see a young Hispanic kid doing better than their own lazy children, or themselves for that matter. Especially being that she didn’t step on our soil until 10 years of age.

Richard

May 14th, 2010
9:59 am

csquared: My fault…I did not read the part of the post that it was her parents who drove without a license, lied on her college application, and gave the police a false address (which I believe is a felony…not sure though). I forgot that if you are on the enforce the laws side of the debate, you are just ranting! However if I come over to Cynthia’s side of the debate, then I must be enlightened!

Mallory

May 14th, 2010
10:00 am

Ms. Tucker, since you lean left, it’s no wonder you would welcome a law student who began her journey into law, illegally. Do you ever think before you write? It’s obvious you don’t.

The AJC is reporting that the sheriff’s office was tipped off about Ms. Colotl’s false address by a member of the media. Is that true? Did that media member hail from the AJC? The article said it was an AJC staffer who visited the rental office.

JoePa

May 14th, 2010
10:01 am

This is disturbing on so many levels … If an American citizen from Colorado wanted to attend KSU, they would rightfully be charged the full tuition (in-state tuition is a taxpayer SUBSIDY, people!). But if someone brings their kids across the US border illegally and learns how to game the system, they not only get a free K-12 education, but a taxpayer-subsidized college degree. WOW! Tell me where else in the world THAT would happen! Meanwhile, a LEGAL immigrant on a Visa from Korea would have to pay the full freight. It’s not about “RACISM,” or “HATE” — it’s about enforcing the immigration laws that every other country is allowed to have in place without criticism. Oh, and we DO want the best and brightest to come here for college, Cynthia — that’s why we have a Visa system for them to do so legally! We’re coming to the point where our government is more concerned about the rights of illegals than those of its own citizens. We can’t survive this much longer …

mit

May 14th, 2010
10:01 am

if she gets a pass on this then you must let every prisoner out. if its illegal for me to do, then it should be illegal for her too. she is not a violent criminal so she shouldn’t be deported i don’t think but she must be recognized as a Mexican get a student visa and pay back tuition for out-of-state. And to top it off, she wants to be lawyer? She is good at lying, so she might be a pretty good one.

Mike O.

May 14th, 2010
10:01 am

Ok, reading alot of the comments for letting her stay because she’s graduated HS and about to graduate college and wants to be a lawyer. So this is a beauty contest and we only choose the illegals that you feel will be a benefit and send all the others back? Now that strikes me as being racist. Harkins back to the days of slavery when the slave owner only bought and kept the strongest slaves to tend his fields.

Logic 88

May 14th, 2010
10:01 am

For all of you deadbeats that want to welcome this illegal into the USA….why don’t you try the same logic and see if any other countries welcome you to stay in their country.

Felipe Calderón

May 14th, 2010
10:03 am

Argue more furiously my friends, you are playing right into my hands.

Meme

May 14th, 2010
10:03 am

Illegal, lying students? I think we already have enough of those. Send her to Mexico.

Rich

May 14th, 2010
10:04 am

I want to be able to commit crimes without fear of prosecution, but I am here legally.

Richard

May 14th, 2010
10:05 am

Kamchak: Usually when I am around someone and they don’t understand the point I’m trying to get across, I will either say it more slowly or put it into different words but I don’t really know how to do so over the computer. Nowhere in my original post or reply to your post did I claim to have the best counter-argument to her stance on this issue….I simply want her to select one that she deems to be most effective, logical argument, then counter it with a comment. I only ask that she do this one time. Are we on the same page now?

John

May 14th, 2010
10:05 am

Logic 88, this is the greatest country on earth. I don’t want to go to another country. Why do you think everyone wants to come here? You should be proud of that.
Also, what have you ever contributed to make this country great? Name one thing.
And don’t say that you’ve paid your taxes, because that’s what your supposed to do.

mit

May 14th, 2010
10:05 am

scout, i have no idea what you’re talking about. che obama?

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
10:06 am

kayaker 71

so the answer is yes? you think the GOP is afraid of the topic?

so all this bitchin’ is just lip service.

if you win bones it is….but what I can do with the help of Grillmaster G (and my terribly sexy butcher) is much better than Bones or Ruths Chris or Aspens ….. we do a white chocolate raspberry mousse – yum-a-roo.

resno2

May 14th, 2010
10:06 am

I’m not reading through all 218 posts to see if this has been asked/answered already, but for those who think she should stay (on the taxpayers dime) and finish her studies, why? And don’t say because she’s a nice person, and she’s come so far. What are the concrete legal reasons? Why should those reasons apply to her, and those in similar situations, and not others?

Scout

May 14th, 2010
10:06 am

mit:

Your president.

HDB

May 14th, 2010
10:07 am

News: She has turned herself in….will make bail….and note this: (from the AJC)

“It is obvious from all the documents that I’ve seen that she has done nothing wrong and has given her proper address to Cobb County and immigration officials,” Taylor said. “There has been no crime committed. Jessica looks forward to defending herself against these false and baseless charges.”

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
10:08 am

Kayaker 71

asparagus? bechemel or hollandaise?

Sarah H

May 14th, 2010
10:08 am

I hope all the illegals rally. The INS can just step in and send bunches of them home.

Mike O.

May 14th, 2010
10:08 am

@ John:And don’t say that you’ve paid your taxes, because that’s what your supposed to do.
Cause thats the LAW right?

Felipe Calderón

May 14th, 2010
10:09 am

Mike O. you will need to learn to speak spanish first. No reason for my people to learn english.

J Kase

May 14th, 2010
10:09 am

Heck, she only violated a bunch of silly little laws. What’s the harm in that? Breaking silly little laws is ok until your the victim of one of them.

mit

May 14th, 2010
10:09 am

scout, you mean ‘our’ president. and i still don’t know what you are talking about. i didn’t see or hear his speech at columbia and don’t care. arnold was at emory and he told them to ‘break some rules’ hahaha.

John

May 14th, 2010
10:11 am

I can’t wait till the new census numbers come out, all of your heads will explode in 3, 2, 1…lol

Mike O.

May 14th, 2010
10:12 am

Hola Felipe, ¿puedes enviar a alguien para cuidar de mi jardín?

Chris

May 14th, 2010
10:13 am

There is nothing racist nor xenophobic about the prosecution of this lady. She broke the law – period. What the liberal/selfish special interest groups are trying to pull off is just plain wrong.

This lady has no respect for the law – she lied to so many people about her status that she has no moral character. She is a thief – claiming in-state status when she was not an American citizen and stealing our tax money to subsidize her education. She probably broke the KSU Honor Code with her lies.

Her race means nothing in this case, any attempt to characterize this as a race issue is simply a pathetic attempt to escape responsibility and to encourage “me first” behaviors.

And she wants to be a lawyer………..ha

Felipe Calderón

May 14th, 2010
10:14 am

Hola Mike O., mi amigo! Sí, mañana por la mañana en 8:00am.

Scout

May 14th, 2010
10:15 am

mit:

I know you libs. don’t care and that’s the problem.

Take care ……… outta here for awile.

Mike O.

May 14th, 2010
10:17 am

But, Chris, if they don’t make it about race how will it ever make it onto FOX News and CNN and even here? For shame for any of us to think it’s really about the LAW, good bad or other wise. We just don’t get it or understand so we all must be racists because we think “Everyone” is supposed to folow the law

oh brother where art thou?

May 14th, 2010
10:18 am

everybody knows we are supposed to pay taxes for government that does nothing to enforce their immigration laws. the lack of enforcement results in illegal behavior, which we are also supposed to support.

Mike O.

May 14th, 2010
10:19 am

Gracias Felipe, dar lo mejor de mi a Jessica y su familia.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
10:19 am

I hope very soon they have her back in Mexico, where she belongs.

Libertarian

May 14th, 2010
10:20 am

@Felipe Calderón
Obviously you don’t obey the law either. Employment law in America is that you must fill out an I-9 on every employee. Hope you don’t get audited by the US dept of Labor.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
10:20 am

Jomama

May 14th, 2010
10:18 am

And yet another bigot raises its ugliness.

Ed

May 14th, 2010
10:21 am

The USA does not need mediocre college students like Jessica. It needs to concentrate on the woeful educational status of its own citizens. Cynthia do you know you have to be a citizen to attend Mexican schools?

HDB

May 14th, 2010
10:21 am

Chris May 14th, 2010
10:13 am
There is nothing racist nor xenophobic about the prosecution of this lady. She broke the law – period. What the liberal/selfish special interest groups are trying to pull off is just plain wrong.

It IS xenophobic when Ronald Reagan was FIRST to offer amnesty and no one raised a stink about it until now; it IS racist that no stink was raised by the Tea PArty and those who do so now when Bush was in charge vs. now when Obama is in charge!!

I’m not saying that the issue shouldn’t be addressed…but there’s MORE to this than people wish to acknowledge! People are railing about “selective prosecution”…but isn’t that what happens EVERY TIME?? What about the Cubans and the multiple policies (wet/dry)? What about the Haitians? What about those who enter illegally but qualify for asylum?? The circumstances dictate the application…and THAT qualifies the selectivity!!

Let’s be real here!!

ctucker

May 14th, 2010
10:22 am

Ed, Why do you describe Jessica as ‘mediocre?”

mit

May 14th, 2010
10:22 am

scout, I am suppose to care about commencement speeches? they are just pep talks and don’t mean all that much no matter who gives it. But I am sure you tivoed all the ones in the country and pick through them with a fine tooth comb looking for what exactly? seems to me your in love with obama.

Whats Important

May 14th, 2010
10:22 am

Para aquellos de ustedes que piensan que está siendo terriblemente inteligente por la contabilización en una lengua extranjera, hay una aplicación de traductor vivo disponible para que todo el mundo pueda entender le.

Mike O.

May 14th, 2010
10:23 am

أعتقد أنه ينبغي أن يسمح جيسيكا على البقاء وتحقيق المزيد من أسرتها الكبيرة هنا.

Joel

May 14th, 2010
10:24 am

From the posts it sure seems like “DC – we have a problem” Holder may want to be bothered to read the 10 page Az document and our boys and gals may want to forgo a little steak and lobster tonight and work on a plan. My guess we will go back to healthcare reform good, big oil bad- where are my lobbying $s

Felipe Calderón

May 14th, 2010
10:24 am

Libertarian, obviously you are correct. And I request my subjects do not either. Now please continue to pay your taxes so we can get free or low cost (to us) educations and send money back to Mexico.
Mike O., gracias amigo.

Bob

May 14th, 2010
10:25 am

Cynthia, you are the voice of reason. Why does law enforcement have any right to ask for any ID’s or expect someone to give a proper address. In fact, the census asks us what our names are to match to our address and for some reason it is against the law to lie on that form. I have not been paying attn lately but I am sure you have come out against this info being on the census. We should stand on solodarity with Coloti and tell the racist gov that they have no right whatsoever to know where we live and if we lie to authorities it’s because they are bigots and we are the good guys, standing on principle.

Mike O.

May 14th, 2010
10:26 am

Well said Whats,just tring to brighten the day of the hard heads on both sides. The old opionions are like….. thing :)

Whats Important

May 14th, 2010
10:26 am

O.K., we’ve had Spanish and Arabic, what’s next, Klingon?

Felipe Calderón

May 14th, 2010
10:27 am

Yes, What’s Important, see how easy it is?

crazytrain2u

May 14th, 2010
10:27 am

@jomama It’s not hatred, its a matter of principle in this case. Dem’s are the ones that are constantly spouting the words “hate” and “racist”. Racism will not end unless you stop the “Johnnie Cochran method” of accusing Conservs of being racists everytime something happens to a minority. I would ship her ass back if she was illegally from England.

Libertarian

May 14th, 2010
10:29 am

@Felipe Calderón
Will do, glad I can help!

Jack

May 14th, 2010
10:30 am

“The system is obviously broken” says one. It is: It was broken with welfare.

Bob

May 14th, 2010
10:30 am

felipe, you might think your funny but we are not the ones living like roaches 15 to an apartment. Remember this simple fact, the Calderons of the world come to America, and the standard of living of America goes down. When Americans go to the countries of the Calderons, the standards go up. Why can’t you guys support yourselves in your homeland ?

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
10:36 am

With all this talk Im thinkin Mexican for lunch!! Oh…sorry for the bigoted statement.

Richard

May 14th, 2010
10:37 am

HDB: My father was a huge supporter of Ronald Reagan, but he has always mentioned the amnesty bill passed under the Reagan administration as being a huge mistake! Although I voted for Bush twice actually, I don’t believe he was a very good President and deplored his inaction on the immigration issue.

I can’t speak for everyone else, but I don’t think ANYONE from any country should be allowed to enter this country illegally regardless of race/ethnicity. There is a process in place to enter the United States and it needs to be followed!

One of the major problems we have in the United States is partisanship and following their party’s idealology on ALL issues. Although I tend to side with conservatives on most issues, I don’t believe that conservatives are right 100% of the time. I am also open-minded enough that if someone can make a compelling argument supported by reliable evidence, I might change my mind or at least soften my stance. That is why I continue to call out Ms. Tucker for not countering at least one poster from the other side of the argument. And no Kamchak, it does not have to be me!

Joel

May 14th, 2010
10:38 am

I think keying on “mediocre” is truly missing the forrest for the trees- meaning we should be advocates of good wholesome folks who are illegal immigrants?- I assume we could set up a gov’t panel to monitor the activities of each? The country of Mexico is blessed with as many natural resources as the US and Canada and its folk are just as bright and innovative. Mexico needs to be challenged to move more to a self sustaining economy or we should say all in and merge the 3 (or 2 countries)- grown ups that are not bribed can figure this out.

Drifter

May 14th, 2010
10:38 am

There are a lot of people whining about illegal immigrants here, but 95% are whining out of an irrational fear that they’re coming here to take our jobs. For nearly all of them, they are coming into a new culture with a new language and virtually no money. If you can’t compete with them, then you need to upgrade your education, skill set or work ethic.

I was fortunate enough to have Hispanic work crews do work on my home on 2 occasions and it was clear to me that they worked harder and did a better job than “Americans”. I also talked to a building contractor who said my experience was not unique – it’s the norm.

Felipe Calderón

May 14th, 2010
10:40 am

Bob, that makes too much sense my friend. Rather than my people staying here and bettering our coutry it is easier to go to yours, reap the rewards, and send money back to Mexico. That’s why I provide pamphlets to help my people sneak over and stay under your radar.

Silly love songs

May 14th, 2010
10:42 am

Colotl should stay and finish her education at taxpayer expense because you never know when the Girls Gone Wild video crew will show up on the Kennesaw Campus, man.

A country can never have enough girls gone wild.

That’s a fact, jack.

Auburn Fan

May 14th, 2010
10:42 am

Cynthia, what if she was a rich white person that was here illegally?

mouth

May 14th, 2010
10:44 am

Face the truth, illegal immigrants in the US have more rights than legal citizens do. If I were to falsify information so that I could steal from a university by paying cheaper in-state tuition than out-of-state tuition, I would expect expulsion and I’m sure any university in the US would gladly kick my white ass out. But if I’m illegal, I can just cry racism (and get a bunch of other simple-minded high-school grads to cry racism with me) and suddenly everything’s good in the hood. She should be made to pay back every cent of her loans and tuition and court fees, fines, and violations tickets before her illegal ass is shipped back to the Yucatan.

Huh

May 14th, 2010
10:44 am

Drifter, I don’t think people are worried about competing. I think they are worried about the financial drain illegals place on a community.
Competing is easy. Financial hemmorhaging, especially during a recessing, is worrysome. I pay enough taxes – other countries can take care of their own.

Empathetic but Realistic

May 14th, 2010
10:51 am

I feel sorry for the situation Jessica is in. She is an over-achiever and our country needs more people like her, but they need to be here legally.

Jessica was driving without a valid US driver’s license which brings up the question – who’s car was she driving and was she insured? If I had an expired license would the officer just let me go because I am a smart college graduate? The answer is NO.

She knew what she was doing was illegal, she knew she was in this country illegally. Being a great person and a college student does not excuse breaking the law.

Drifter

May 14th, 2010
10:54 am

I doubt that illegals place any financial drain whatsoever on a community. From everything I see, they’re contributing more to society than they’re taking out.

We need illegals

May 14th, 2010
10:56 am

If we don’t have them, who will do the crappy jobs around my house?

resno2

May 14th, 2010
10:57 am

Auburn Fan

May 14th, 2010
10:42 am

That’s a trick question, right? Or do you really not know what side of the issue CT would be on?

DCB

May 14th, 2010
10:57 am

Cynthia Tucker’s comment in her May 14th AJC editorial (The U.S. needs college students like Jessica Colotl) is not only off the mark, but is a thinly veiled use of the college scene as just another of her left-wing entrees in support of allowing the 12 million plus undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States: “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.”

Its great now to see the legal immigrants to this country who have earned their citizenship come forward in support of “the system” – earn your right to call yourself a U.S. citizen through the legal process that has worked so well over the decades. And if that system is broke as the Tuckers of this world might contend, use the system to determine how and fix it.

As to those who would say our economy would collapse without the minimum-wage earners doing the ugly jobs that evidently fall beneath U.S. citizens, I suggest that our unemployment and welfare system be adjusted to “help” those currently enjoying the benefits provided by the tax-paying citizens of the country. No work, no money. Provide free bennies only to those proven to be unable to help themselves. For those with children, provide day-care staffed by some of the unemployed if necessary. And provide supplements if necessary to bring the take-home pay up to livable standards. But yes, unless proof of some work production is given, deny the free health services, the free food, the free schooling and weekly checks that the current welfare system offers. Let’s see how fast those minimal wage jobs are gobbled up by Americans citizens. Let’s see how many illegal or undocumented immigrants, by whatever name, head back “home”. And just as important, let’s see how quickly the future free flow of illegal immigrants that we can’t seem to stem now, slows down.

I’m not surprised that college students stood in support of this young lady. at Kennesaw State. They are young and still living in an ideal world. But I am at the administration and faculty. Supporting the law first should be their mantra, not following only their hearts. And let’s not try to fool anybody here.
Regardless of whether or not it ends up that she did knowingly give the police an incorrect address when stopped for a traffic violation, this young lady knew her green card had expired. She knew she was driving illegally. She is not a victim here.

Let the Cynthia Tucker’s of this world and the liberal faculties of our colleges and universities cry foul not when an illegal immigrant is caught and faced with deportation whatever the situation is (including our college brightest and best), but rather when those same individuals are denied entry through the process in the first place.

Ivan

May 14th, 2010
10:58 am

__________________
In 2 nights, Calhoun Police say they have arrested 24 people, and are still looking for about 6 more. They say the illegal immigrants were all using false documents and false identities, a crime they say has more consequences and victims than you may realize.
In Calhoun, Georgia, Police Lt. Tony Pyle says, “They were able to pick up about 24 people that they were looking for.”
Pyle tells us they’re all charged with identity theft and possession of fraudulent documents. They say they had all purchased a name, social security number, and birth certificate illegally to work here in the U.S.
___________________

Illegal Immigration is not a victimless crime. Were Jessica to be let go, (or as smart as liberals make her out to be), she’d have done what those arrested in Calhoun did. Purchase stolen identities, or stolen the identities herself. The longer they are here illegally, the more crimes they will commit to save themselves from the law. From tax evasion, hit and runs, drug smuggling, kidnapping, and the identity frauds committed mentioned above; to milking the entitlements law abiding citizens pay taxes for in the first place, there is 100 more disturbing scenarios for every “heart wrenching” story like Jessica’s.

Should have put her on a back list for a Visa and sent her and her parents back to Mexico instead of let her finish college.

Go Arizona!

Gotta get back to work now. Bye all.

David Galban

May 14th, 2010
11:00 am

I have followed your column for quite a while. I am glad that you have the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, It is called empathy. You are not afraid to speak up, to confront ignorance in any of its ugly forms. We need more people like you in society. I am very proud of people like Dr Papp and you.

mouth

May 14th, 2010
11:01 am

“There are a lot of people whining about illegal immigrants here, but 95% are whining out of an irrational fear that they’re coming here to take our jobs. For nearly all of them, they are coming into a new culture with a new language and virtually no money. If you can’t compete with them, then you need to upgrade your education, skill set or work ethic.”

I have a good job with a nice salary and a pay scale that insures I will never be passed over for a raise or earn less than I feel I deserve. That being said, unemployment is very high right now so it makes sense that “they’re stealing our jobs” feeds a lot of legal American’s anger. The thing I worry about most, what I’ve heard from applicants and low wage earners whom I talk to in the course of everyday routine, is declining wages.

Illegal immigrants that will not register for a work visa and will not apply for legal citizenship and will not pay taxes will take jobs that pay less than minimum wage. This is horrible news for the American worker. Wages have been declining in the past 10 years because as more illegals cross our boarder, their low-wage workforce grows which has a negative effect on the rest of the legal workforce. My uncle, who owns a construction business, recently told me about a _15!!!_ year old Guatemalan that he hired for $4.00 an hour. He didn’t tell me about the kid because he’d already fired him, but he had him on roofing (very dangerous work) and the kid had somehow, in the course of his work, measured something wrong and cost him thousands of dollars in setbacks.

You are hiring, in many cases, unskilled labor when you are hiring illegal immigrants. While it’s true that you’re putting an American citizen out of work when you hire illegals, you are doing something far worse, which is devaluing the American worker and the American dollar. People that are struggling to pay for their rent and electric bills aren’t going to pay for cable or a fancy TV to watch it on. It’s VERY unpatriotic to hire illegal immigrants, almost as unpatriotic as it is to buy shoes at WalMart that were Made In China.

Huh

May 14th, 2010
11:01 am

Drifter, qustion: How much property tax does a typical homeowner pay per year?
Answer: much less than it costs to educate one child.

Another question: How much of a students true college cost is covered by in-state tuition?
Answer: much less than is costs to educate that student.

Another question: how much does an illegal usually pay for a trip to the emergency room?
Answer: much less than the visit actually costs.

Much less = financial drain. Is that clear now?

Sookie

May 14th, 2010
11:04 am

It’s always alarming to me how little Americans know about how their own immigration system works.

A child was brought into the country illegally by her parents (a crime, i’m sure you’ll agree, that her parents should be punished for, but not her). Even if she had wanted to become legal since she turned 16, as some of you have suggested (which would have been the correct thing to do), it can take a LEGAL immigrant more than 10 years to get a green card, let’s not even talk about citizenship. The only path to a green card for an illegal immigrant would involve returning to her ‘home’ country and applying from there. A home country that, if this article is to be believed, she has not been to since she was a child.

My point is this; while it is not the US’ responsibility to look out for the interests of illegal immigrants (however they got there), do not flippantly dismiss her case and say she ought to have “gotten legal” as though it’s as straightforward as going to the Post Office. It’s difficult (damn near impossible, if you entered illegally) and it’s prohibitively expensive.

The article is biased and if i didn’t know better, i would be on the “Deport Her” bandwagon. But she was caught between a rock and an impossibly hard place.

mouth

May 14th, 2010
11:04 am

Oh, and I’m a very liberal Democrat, not all Democrats oppose stricter immigration enforcement.

The Tar and Feathers Party

May 14th, 2010
11:05 am

Wrong Cindy, we do not need liars and cheats in our colleges. She cheated a Georgia resident out of a place at KSU, cheated the State and the University out of the out-of-state tuition she should have paid, lied about it all to the University, lied to the police, and is now playing victim. Send her packing.

HDB

May 14th, 2010
11:05 am

@ Richard May 14th, 2010
10:37 am

The problem I have with this is the selective outrage that’s being vented towards a woman who has attempted to assimilate and who has maintained a 3.8 average in college…and the only infraction is a traffic violation!! If she were not Hispanic, it would not have made the news!! Conservatives created the amnesty program…but not a howl of indignation! Conservaatives attempted to continue the amnesty program under Bush – no indignation!! Now, Obama is President…and now….total indignation against minorities!! It’s quite evident that there is MORE to this than just the law…….

See, imigration policy has consistently shifted….people of European heritage easily pass into the country; people of Far Eastern heritage are granted access due to education and technical expertise; people of darker hues catch the blues trying to enter the country!! Look at the multiple policies pertaining to the Cubans (wet vs. dry); look at the policies against the Haitians; look at our current dilemna with the Hispanics; look at those foreign nationals that enlist in the military…they are GRANTED American citizenship because of their service!!

There needs to be uniformity in the law….but there isn’t!! This woman is caught in the black hole of the law…..and everyone wants to throw her to the wolves……

The law is NOT universal…..it IS selective….and we have to recognize the selectivity of the law!! If you want to note how selective the law is — check out Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution…..

Down in Albany

May 14th, 2010
11:05 am

You still have not answered the question: what part of illegal do you not understand? What if this person were a known felon or terrorist? Would they get to stay and live their life as if nothing were wrong? I didn’t think so.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
11:06 am

Silly love songs

May 14th, 2010
10:42 am

Hmmmm….Im may need to reconsider my position on this matter. Thanks for the heads-up!!

Huh

May 14th, 2010
11:07 am

HDB wrote “…and the only infraction is a traffic violation.”
I call BS Sir.

Who Is John Galt?

May 14th, 2010
11:09 am

“Following a routine traffic stop on campus in late March, Colotl was arrested and sent to a federal detention facility to await deportation.”

That’s not exactly how it happened. You conveniently left out the part about giving law enforcement a false address (a felony) which was followed up & discovered by the AJC, not ICE or any other arm of the law. That’s what started her REALLY BIG trouble. Had she been forthright in her dealings with authorities, she likely wouldn’t be in this deep of whole.

She wants to be a lawyer, but committed numerous felonies to get where she is. Mmmmmm…… I’m not aware of any other felons still practicing law or accepted into the Bar.

We as a nation need to decide if things are black/white or at what shade of gray do we begin to enforce our immigration laws. Draconian?? I think not. We have some of the most lax laws of any developed country. And, we quibble amongst ourselves about when, where, & to whom we should enforce them.

Elvis

May 14th, 2010
11:10 am

Cynthia, you hit the nail on the head. Thanks for telling it like it is. Too bad your insight into the real issues is way over the head of most your detractors. They used to call Hitler the “terrible simplifier”. All the simplistic cliches that keep being thrown around in this debate like “what part of illegal don’t you understand?” and the fact that 2/3 of Americans seem to have that mentality, scare me as to the future of this great American experiment. When the majority is blind, the minority must keep on preaching the truth.

Finally, the Bible tells us over and over again to “welcome the alien in your midst”. How do these good christian folk from the Bible belt live with their hypocrisy? This is not what Jesus would do. They just can’t accept that Jesus was an outspoken activist who was always on the side of the poor and powerless.

Richard

May 14th, 2010
11:12 am

Drifter: I don’t think you are going to win over any fencesitters with “illegals are not burdening our government programs.” If illegals are not paying federal and state income taxes, yet they are using emergency rooms as their primary care facilities and their children are receiving an education from public schools (one student = $10K per year), that is huge finanical burden on taxpayers. Are you kidding me?

Libertarian

May 14th, 2010
11:13 am

@HDB I’m so tired of your “this is bc of Obama, where were you when Reagan gave amnisty” BS. Maybe you’re right with some people…maybe some people really are racists that just hate obama. But I’m not. Reagan was president when I was BORN. So I couldn’t really be outraged at the age of one. We’re not all as old as you. But we get it…everyday you’re on here slinging racists accusations at everyone. I’m sorry that you’re so filled with hate for white people, I really am.

atlshirt.com

May 14th, 2010
11:14 am

lets see, she is here Illegally, she is in school to be a Lawyer, the left wants her to stay, and think she will be a good civil rights lawyer, I say lets vote her has President, she cant be any worse than what we have now….

Rev Sharp Tongue, I am not predjudice, I hate everyone equally… Yes, I dislike white people, black people, brown people, old people, young people, fat people, skinny people, I even hate myself… Some of us are white in skin, but our ancestors are from ALL OVER THE WORLD… I have to check multiple boxes on my census… I am sure it pisses our government off LMAO !!!!

resno2

May 14th, 2010
11:15 am

Elvis

May 14th, 2010
11:10 am

At what point do you start enforcing our laws, or should we just open our borders to any and all, and let them just live off of the taxpayers.

Not every illegal immigrant is a freeloader, and not every one is a Jessica. Where should the line be drawn?

J Kase

May 14th, 2010
11:17 am

The U.S. needs more college students like Faisal Shahzad. He studied for five semesters in 1997 and 1998 at the now-defunct Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., where he took mostly business classes. In 2000 he transferred to the University of Bridgeport. his former teachers at the University of Bridgeport said he appeared to be quiet and unremarkable. He received a B.A. in computer science and engineering, with his parents attending his graduation on May 13, 2002. Just before graduation, in April 2002, he was granted an H1-B visa for skilled workers. He remained in the U.S. for three years on that visa, earning an M.B.A at the University of Bridgeport in the summer of 2005.
He worked as a junior financial analyst in the accounting department at the Elizabeth Arden cosmetics company in Stamford, Connecticut, while he was still working on his master’s degree from January 2002 and until June 15, 2006, when he resigned to work elsewhere.
Shahzad was granted a permanent residence status (a “green card”) in January 2006 He bought a single-family three-bedroom home in, just outside Bridgeport in 2006, at which the family lived. From mid-June 2006 to June 2009, he worked as a junior financial analyst, a position paying an estimated $55,000 to $80,000.
He was granted U.S. citizenship on April 17, 2009, due to his marriage to his wife. A few weeks later, he abruptly quit his job and stopped making payments on his house, defaulting on the $218,400 mortgage. He moved out around May 2009, with his wife following about a month later. Shahzad and his family moved to Pakistan. He then defaulted on his $200,000 mortgage, and was sued by the bank in September 2009 as it foreclosed on his home. A Shelton neighbor said that Shahzad and his wife had two young children, a girl and a boy.
Now here we have a legal immigrant with an education, a family, and an income that pays taxes. Now all we have is that this nice fella violated a silly little law that says we can’t go around blowing up people. But, the bomb didn’t even go off and he did try to leave the country legally. Where’s the outrage, he was educated and trying to turn his life around and made one “little” mistake.

RepublicanBaptistMale

May 14th, 2010
11:21 am

I am not sure I ever saw the reason for why we need more students like Jessica. Is it because we need more lawyers?

Huh

May 14th, 2010
11:21 am

Bravo J Kase!

Richard

May 14th, 2010
11:22 am

HDB: I have no way of quantifying this statement, but I am fairly confident that liberal individuals such as Cynthia Tucker are the ones who are making this story front page news to advance their beliefs on the topic of ILLEGAL immigration.

In my earlier post, I made it very clear that I tend to side with conservatives on most issues but I have always deplored both Reagan & Bush’s actions & inactions on the immigration issue. I will reserve judgement on President Obama’s immigration policies whenever his administration takes action. This is how open-mindedness works. I do not adhere to the philosophy that “I hate Bush, so I hate everything he does.” Or I hate Obama, so I hate everything he does.”

Acer706

May 14th, 2010
11:22 am

Cynthia,

First, you shouldn’t drive without a license. Second, you do not lie to police officers. Last, respect the systems that are in place and show that you want to become a citizen.

She will be fine if she sets an example to abide to the system. However, when the media turns this into Student v. Raciest Conservatives, we will all wonder why anyone wants to be here anyway?

Also, they were nice to give her a year to finish school. I hopped the fence to go to Chick-Fl-A in High School and I got suspended… and I was only there for 5 min.

Len Griffin

May 14th, 2010
11:25 am

I did not go to Vietnam and become wounded to defend the rights of people who are not citizens of America. I will not allow them to demand that we fly thier flag next to mine. I will not allow them to demand that we provide their language in government offices. I will not allow them any right earned by Americans for Americans. My father’s family was from Ireland. They came, learned English and defended the United States in the Revolutionary War. My Mother’s family was from the Cherokee Nation. They learned English and defended the United States in the Revolutionary War. If you want to be an American do it with honor by obeying the law of our land and become an American not act like a theft sneaking in when it’s dark.

Elvis

May 14th, 2010
11:27 am

resno2 – First, undocumented immigrants pay billions in income taxes each year and at least $7 billion in Social Security taxes, helping to sustain Social Security for the baby-boomer generation. Most contribute more than they receive in the long run.

You ask a tough question as to enforcing laws, and political scientists have debated that for hundreds of years. The problem is that some laws are unjust. We had the same debate during the civil war and during civil rights. Jesus was crucified for violating Jewish law (healing on the sabbath, etc.) – major civil disobedience. I think we have to pray a lot and be willing to really think outside the box. There are basic universal laws of human rights that trump local laws.

Again, these questions cannot be answered with simplistic sound bytes that are designed to win elections.

Libertarian

May 14th, 2010
11:27 am

@Len Griffin
Well said and thank you for your service.

Drifter

May 14th, 2010
11:29 am

Sorry guys, I’d love to debate you all day, but some of us have to get to work. Instead of whining about the illegals taking my welfare money (which isn’t true anyway), I’ll go out there and earn my money. If I’m somehow supporting illegals who are out there contributing something to society, I greatly prefer that over the deadbeats doing nothing but blogging. Have a nice day.

HDB

May 14th, 2010
11:32 am

Libertarian

May 14th, 2010
11:13 am
@HDB I’m so tired of your “this is bc of Obama, where were you when Reagan gave amnisty” BS. Maybe you’re right with some people…maybe some people really are racists that just hate obama. But I’m not. Reagan was president when I was BORN. So I couldn’t really be outraged at the age of one. We’re not all as old as you. But we get it…everyday you’re on here slinging racists accusations at everyone. I’m sorry that you’re so filled with hate for white people, I really am

One: I have NO hate….I’m just calling it as I see it……
Two: You have to look at the American policy IN TOTAL…not just what is happening NOW!! The immigration policy IS selective in its application….and people won’t admit to that either!!
Three: The outrage that is present is SELECTIVE in that it was not as cacaphonous prior to the Obama Administration…..and there has to be another reason for the selective volume…and too many people are afraid to admit it!!
Four: Because you are not as old as I am, your experience MUST differ from mine…that’s not a problem…but because you don’t fully understand MY experiences, you tend to minimize mine while maximizing your own…..

Let’s just be honest…and be willing to look at ALL sides of the equation…and allow due process to take its course before rendering a verdict!!

Josh

May 14th, 2010
11:35 am

CT,

can you link where you got your stats that crime is down in AZ. I have friends who live there and they say its not. Or lets not forget that AZ is #1 in child abductions of children going into the sex slave industry (Atlanta is #2 by the way) because of the drug cartel coming from Mexico. We can stop there and say that is enough to start upholding the laws of this land. Something Liberals care less about. CT, you should personally take a trip down to the border to see all that occurs for the law abiding citizens who live along the border. Your perspective will change. As for the student at KSU, I feel for her because she came with her parents when she was a child. Her parents are the ones who broke the law. I am all for people becoming citizens legally. You ought too as welll. We HAVE to uphold the laws of this land. It is what keeps society safe for everyone. In my opinion, she should go through the process to be a legal American citizen. She has a lot to offer. But it has to be done legally. I am tied of the left playing the victims and crying card game when laws are broken. That is why the left are not good judges or Supreme Court Judges. You are called to follow the law not change it and play the victim card. Its time that we get back to upholding the laws of this land.

Tommy Maddox

May 14th, 2010
11:35 am

HDB:

The problem with a law on the books does not relate to how it was applied to someone else. It matters how it is applied when you [or in this case - the student] are the one charged and are standing before the Court.

MadMax

May 14th, 2010
11:39 am

The U.S. Needs? What we “need” to do is send you back to mexico city right along with her; lets see how mexico deals with you being an illegal alien. “WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND?”

Joel

May 14th, 2010
11:40 am

Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.

The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents.

Where is the outrage?

Elvis

May 14th, 2010
11:42 am

During the good economic years, we had 300,000 undocumented people entering the US per year – contributing greatly to those good years. But our current immigration system only issues 5000 visas per year. Thus the problem.

Also, it would take Jessica at least 12 years to attain any kind of legal status here. If you were in her shoes, would you wait that long?

The system is broken and must be fixed this year.

Peadawg

May 14th, 2010
11:43 am

Len Griffin, AMEN!!!!!!! AMEN!!!

HDB

May 14th, 2010
11:43 am

Richard May 14th, 2010
11:22 am

Thank you for your objectivity!! Many here are just looking at one side and exploding with outrage due to that one-sideness. Many won’t go and look at the TOTALITY of American immigration policy and see the selectivity of it all…and how the appplication of the same is invoked…..

Len Griffin May 14th, 2010
11:25 am
I did not go to Vietnam and become wounded to defend the rights of people who are not citizens of America…..

Libertarian May 14th, 2010
11:27 am
@Len Griffin
Well said and thank you for your service.

Len….if you AND I swore the same oath (I’m ex-Navy during the Vietnam Era)….we swore to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution….
The people that are IN THIS nation, citizen or NOT, are covered by the blanket protection of that document….so I also swore that THOSE THAT ARE HERE in THIS nation will be protected by the document I swore to protect!!

Libertarian — we appreciate your sentiments….but look at things a bit DEEPER than what you’re doing now!! There’re more than just what’s on the surface!!

Richard

May 14th, 2010
11:43 am

Drifter: I am really glad you took an hour out of your BUSY schedule to visit us loser bloggers. I love the self-promoting announcment of your work ethic instead of answering the simple question posed to you about explaining how using public services without paying taxes is not burdening government institutions Sort of ironic that he paints with such a wide brush that all bloggers are unproductive deadbeats while attempting to convince us that not all Hispanics are unskilled workers that place a financial burden on the taxpayers of this country. Nice!

HDB

May 14th, 2010
11:47 am

Tommy Maddox

May 14th, 2010
11:35 am
HDB:

The problem with a law on the books does not relate to how it was applied to someone else. It matters how it is applied when you [or in this case - the student] are the one charged and are standing before the Court.

Not true…..Brown vs. Board of Education was applied to me…but I wasn’t before the court; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applied to me, but I wasn’t before the court…….

The application of certain laws does not require that I stand before the court, but it still applies to me. What about the PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE?? I do not have to stand before a court…but that right still applies…..

Mrs. W.

May 14th, 2010
11:48 am

Once again you miss the point. She is not an immigrant – she is an illegal alien. Not her fault I do realize since she was brought here as a child. However, that does not entitle her to benefits that are meant for LEGAL U.S. citizens. She also made a huge mistake in lying to the police and she wants to be a lawyer..!! HAHA. She will probably make a good one, already off to a good start there.

Bob

May 14th, 2010
11:49 am

HDB, why are you equating a law that was passed by congress and signed by Reagan to a woman breaking the law ? She broke the law by driving without a license then lying. She was not targeted just because she is illegal, she was targeted because she is illegal and seems to lack respect for our laws by giving a false address. She has the same status as the times square bomber buddies, illegals that can be arrested for not having the proper papers, and Holder, not sherriff Joe, was doing the roundup.

thomas

May 14th, 2010
11:51 am

funny how many a democrat and liberal disagreed with torture (which I do as well) but many democrat and liberal whaled about the “rule of law”.

1 question.

Are you all only concerned with laws in which you agree or do you feel that all laws should be enforced, or go through the proper legislative process to ammend the law? Seems not so, apparwently many of you are only for enforcing the laws in which you agree with.

HYPOCRITES! That includes you CT.

Why is there no outrage over the country of Mexico’s immigrant policies? They seem to be a lil’ more strict on us than we are on them about crossing the boarder.

Wonder Why? I bet it has nothing to do with VOTES!

jim in Jackson

May 14th, 2010
11:53 am

Spring has sprung; just smell about. Spring has sprung, the skunks are out.
(I’d gladly trade 3/4 of you jerks for this young lady. You guys have too much baggage and need to see a Psychologist; specially those who were in Vietnam;Check with the VA; they have counseling available for you.)

Irish Ron

May 14th, 2010
11:54 am

For a law to be a JUST LAW it must meet 3 criteria.
1. Be legal.
2. Make sense.
3. Agree with our values.

The current Immigration Laws fail the tests of items 2 and 3, which is why we need Comprehensive Immigration Reform. I encourage everyone to stop the myopic rhetoric and actually understand that the current law does not make good walking around sense and totally violates our American values.

Acer706

May 14th, 2010
11:57 am

Elvis,

They do boost tax revenues for the Federal Government. It’s like free money, which is why we have had loose enforcement of the Federal Laws in place. However, the State infrastructure is crippled and not able to keep up. Driving wages down, impacting those who VOTE. Arizona and other states are simply going to have to enforce the Federal Laws themselves.

Sarah H

May 14th, 2010
11:57 am

I haven’t been reading this blog for long but I have come to a conclusion. Ms. Tucker gets paid more if she has more comments; therefore, she makes the controversary.

Elvis

May 14th, 2010
11:58 am

Amen to Irish Ron!

T-Town

May 14th, 2010
12:02 pm

Jimmy’s a poet, but just don’t know it

HDB

May 14th, 2010
12:03 pm

Bob May 14th, 2010
11:49 am

Because it took a lot of people BREAKING the law for Congress to FIX the law!!

If you also checked the paper today, her attorney has stated that she’ll make bail….and with the documents she presented…that SHE BROKE NO LAWS!! I’m waiting until DUE PROCESS is done to reach my conclusion…unlike many here!!

Hootin Nanny Yum Yum

May 14th, 2010
12:06 pm

If any US citizen, or foreign citizen in the US legally, was not accepted to KSU or failed to receive adequate financial aid because of this young lady, it is a CRIME.

Send her back to Mexico and let her follow the process to become a US citizen.

Ian

May 14th, 2010
12:06 pm

Best and brightest? Please, come back to planet Earth. Her parents broke the law by sneaking her into the country. Then she exploits the State college system paying the same as U. S. legal residents and citizens when she is not entitled. And she lies to the authorities when she is stopped. She has had over 10 years to apply and she did not. She cheated our system.

Deport her and she can apply for residency from Mexico.

How sad the media is diluted from the obvious truth. Usually the surname explains allot.

Elvis

May 14th, 2010
12:11 pm

Acer706 – They also pay sales tax, pay rent, etc. …. but the main issue is the federal government must reform our immigration system so states won’t be tempted to do what Arizona (and Georgia?) are doing. We simply cannot afford to arrest, detain and deport 12 million people. No way! We need an immigration system that secures our borders but also allows more flexibility as to the number of immigrants that can come here to work legally when needed by our economy. Finally, we must find a more reasonable way to give the12 million that are already here some kind of legal status (learn English, pay back taxes, pay reasonable fines, background check, etc.). Then local law enforcement can get back to focusing on real criminals – not those who have minor traffic violations and civil issues not of their own making.

T-Town

May 14th, 2010
12:13 pm

Mr.or Mrs.HDB; If you were to read Ms. Tucker’s column where she stated: “she came to this country illegally, with her parents, when she was a child.” No where within Ms. Tucker’s blog did she state that the young lady ever establish citizenship within the United States. So apparently to you Ms. Tucker is making, though indirectly, a statement without due process that the young lady is here illegally.

Doug Patterson

May 14th, 2010
12:14 pm

All Cynthia knows is race, race and more race. She is a one trick pony who should be very glad she is black because her race has given her a job. If she were white she would have been fired a long time ago.

Cynthia would be outraged if she learned that an African American legal citizen student were denied admission to KSU because an illegal alien from eastern europe had taken their spot.

Robyn

May 14th, 2010
12:16 pm

She’s broken several laws. What gives CT and her ilk the power to decide which laws should be obeyed ?

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
12:16 pm

I hope she goes to jail for awhile and/or gets a big fine then gets deported.

Acer706

May 14th, 2010
12:17 pm

In all actuality, this is a non-issue until after November. Not even the smart Politician would touch this during an election year. It is a lose/lose. Our Attorney General pointed issue back to Arizona to blame before stating that he has not even read the TEN(10) page bill! Absolutely, hysterical!

I do know one thing. The Obama Admin. is loving this Oil Spill right now. However, they hate that BP is being beyond cooperative… even sending live feed from the ocean floor.

I’m sure they will push the Demonize Button somehow.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
12:18 pm

Ace…Holder and Neopolitan are both completely irresponsible.

PearlJam

May 14th, 2010
12:21 pm

Where the uproar about the parents including their child in the crime they committed.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
12:22 pm

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
12:24 pm

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Bo Diddley

May 14th, 2010
12:27 pm

Illegal is illegal. Unless and until the law is changed, it should be enforced. Ours is not a democracy. It is a representative republic and the legislature is charged with enacting the will of the people. The will of the people is that immigration laws be enforced. Thus, this young girl’s plight is in keeping with the foundational tenets of this great republic.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
12:29 pm

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. -Ephisians 2:19-22

T-Town

May 14th, 2010
12:29 pm

Jimmy says: “I’d gladly trade 3/4 of you jerks for this young lady. You guys have too much baggage and need to see a Psychologist; specially those who were in Vietnam;Check with the VA; they have counseling available for you.”

Mr. Jimmy; I’m one of those Vietnam Vets that needs counseling. I spent enough time there to fill one to many body bags with black, white, brown, red and all of ‘em very green boys. The one thing they all had in common was that they had spelled their red blood and died so people like you could come out of the sewer and make that statement. I have more respect for all those who died there and would trade any one of them for you.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
12:32 pm

“Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this. When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this.” -Deuteronomy 24:17-22

Jay

May 14th, 2010
12:33 pm

Either we have immigration laws or we don’t. Anyone who says that the young lady should not be deported is saying that in some cases its cool to break the law. I understand that she came here with her parents in violation of our immigration laws and has managed to go unnoticed for this long, however, a crime, a violation of our immigration process has taken place.

I’m not against immigration to this country by anyone who wants to come here and go through the process of achieving citizenship. I am, however, against illegal immigration for whatever reason.

Either we have immigration laws or we don’t.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
12:39 pm

Thanks JC…now depart from us and sin no more.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 14th, 2010
12:41 pm

JC….sounds like you been snookered into purchasing one of those Liberal pro tax progressive bibles. You should demand reimbursement.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
12:43 pm

Truth hurts, huh?

blutto

May 14th, 2010
12:43 pm

Irish Ron: “the current law does not make good walking around sense and totally violates our American VALUES”

And what would those be? Diversity? Equality? Economic Justice? Tolerance? Empathy?

The current law actually uphold our VIRTUES such as integrity, responsibility, honesty. See the difference?

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
12:46 pm

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John14:6

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.

Granny Godzilla

May 14th, 2010
2:14 pm

Terrance you post:

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

Why of course I want all our identities stolen – NOT.
Goofy question.

While I will agree it does happen……

Immigrants stealing U.S. Social Security numbers for jobs, not profits

gary

May 14th, 2010
2:16 pm

I’m with Cynthia! I feel that I should be able to break any law that I find I don’t like or that I wish to get around. And of course I’ll get the public to rally around my cause!

stranger in a strange land

May 14th, 2010
2:19 pm

JC – is that supposed to actually answer my question?
You might have just as well said: “Judas went out and hanged himself”. “Go thou and do likewise”

atlshirt.com

May 14th, 2010
2:21 pm

gary

May 14th, 2010
2:16 pm
I’m with Cynthia! I feel that I should be able to break any law that I find I don’t like or that I wish to get around. And of course I’ll get the public to rally around my cause!

Gary, White men are not afforded such luxuries… you should be in jail for being a white male…you racist!

MakeItPlain

May 14th, 2010
2:27 pm

atlshirt.com…you should be in jail for being so flexible that you are sniffing your own colon right now. Racism doesn’t stop racism.

Jack Straw

May 14th, 2010
2:28 pm

This is the Genarlow Wilson case all over again; if somebody at the AJC likes you, you are above the law. Now that’s power!
I say deport her parents, and let the young lady stay.

Mrs. W.

May 14th, 2010
2:28 pm

Realistic@ I actually feel bad for this young woman to a certain extent but….. why was she driving without a license and why did she lie to the officers. I think she lied because she was raised by her parents to be dishonest because of their ILLEGAL status. Many have argued that if we hunt down the illegals it will make them afraid to come forward when they have witnessed or know about criminal activity. I truely believe that they will not come forward regardless and because of that, and many other valid reasons they do not need to be in this country without following the letter of the law. Also, do all of you really think that only the Mexicans know that border is open? I’ll bet you that all of the terrorists know it too.

Ernesto

May 14th, 2010
2:30 pm

287g is design to deport illgeal aliens commiting crime! Speaking fluent English (better English that many Georgians), achieving a college degree, and being a good resident of the state are the kinds of immigrants that should be given a chance to stay!

Ceriee

May 14th, 2010
2:32 pm

I do agree with you Cynthia that the US needs more college students like Jessica Colotl who are legal citizens. The woman featured was she given a grant to attend a University? Was she given the opportunities to and financial assistance to attend a college and hopefully become a promising student? Possibly. It is not right that our own country’s young citizens wishing to attend college and need that assistance have to compete with illegals who circumvent the laws citizens are reminded to uphold. How is this fair? Why is this fair?

radiowxman

May 14th, 2010
2:35 pm

So again, since the woman will have a US college degree, she should have a fast track to a green card/citizenship over everyone else.

I wonder what the people from other nations with college degrees waiting patiently in their home countries for a green card would think about that.

And now we know: a college degree makes someone more important.

If you’re a unskilled laborer? Make it a felony to hire you.
If you’re a skilled laborer without a college degree? Make it a felony to hire you.
If you’ve got a bachelor’s degree? Welcome in with open arms!

MakeItPlain

May 14th, 2010
2:38 pm

Ernesto, does the “better English than many Georgians” statement encompass ebonics? Spanglish?

HDB

May 14th, 2010
2:40 pm

MakeItPlain May 14th, 2010
2:11 pm

While I reserve judgment on what has been REPORTED to have been said by Atty. Gen. Holder, having read SB 1070, HB 2162, and the subsequent SB 1070, I DO see where it allows racial profiling and forces American citizens to carry a PASSPORT as proof of citizenship!!

THAT is the beginning of the creation of the police state!! THIS CAN NOT BE ALLOWED!!

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
2:41 pm

@ Ernesto “Speaking fluent English (better English that many Georgians), achieving a college degree, and being a good resident of the state are the kinds of immigrants that should be given a chance to stay!”

I would add one condition. That they honestly complete the application process for a student or work visa. She knowingly avoided doing that and failed to pay her fair share of tuition. If a US citizen from another state besides Georgia did that (even without the immigration issues) they would be charged with fraud and possible expelled from the university.

Jessica (a 22 year old adult that knowingly broke laws to avoid paying full tuition) is a poor symbol for immigration reform.

atlshirt.com

May 14th, 2010
2:41 pm

MakeItPlain

May 14th, 2010
2:27 pm
atlshirt.com…you should be in jail for being so flexible that you are sniffing your own colon right now. Racism doesn’t stop racism.

If you can not beat them, then join them!

Terrence

May 14th, 2010
2:46 pm

I get it, Granny, as long as it’s for jobs, it’s o.k. It’s the employer’s fault for not checking closely enough. It’s not the employee’s fault for presenting a false I.D..

AFL-CIO v Chertoff–At a time of historically high unemployment rates, the government’s decision to rescind the ‘no match’ rule comes not a moment too soon. By utilizing the error-ridden Social Security Administration database for verification of eligibility to work, the rule would have threatened the economic livelihood of millions of Americans.

Error-ridden SSA is a government bureaucracy. If it’s your much-to-be-admired government, why is it error-ridden?

From your NYT link. In 2000, using data from the Social Security Administration, the Utah attorney general’s office found that the Social Security numbers of 132,000 people in the state were being used by other people, far more than the state could prosecute.

This use caused problems even when the person using the number led a financially responsible life, said Hamp, the assistant attorney general. “I’ve had families denied public assistance for their children or disability payments because records show somebody is working in their Social Security number,” he said.

Hard working illegals, eh?

Dick Hertz

May 14th, 2010
2:47 pm

Jessica represents the greatest fears of poor and working class whites and “white” ethnics-the newcomer overachiever. If someone can come from a foreign country and different language and poor background and exceed people who have had all the benefits of this country for generations, it overturns the applecart that says “I may be X but at least I’m not a n/s/w/g/c/d/!” Next thing you know you’ll have a black president and the whole world will be upside down. America uses race and ethnicity to sidestep the conflicts of class and wealth constantly; we just find more genteel ways to circumlocute the real issues.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
2:47 pm

Makeitplain and HDB – Holder admitted yesterday in congressional hearings that he had not read the law when he started criticizing it.

“WASHINGTON, DC – Attorney General Eric Holder told a House Judiciary Committee Thursday that he has not yet read Arizona’s 10-page Illegal Immigration Law, despite repeatedly making statement about the possible unconstitutionality of the law.

AG Holder has allegedly been making comments and challenges to the law based on what he was able to “glean by reading newspaper accounts, … television.”

The Arizona law has been under heavy fire from the Obama administration despite its wording that essentially only reinforces federal immigration law.”

Relax and take a few deep breaths. We’re not on the way to a police state yet.

Huckabee The Next POTUS-2013

May 14th, 2010
2:49 pm

Hey granny, at least I didn’t vote for the garbage who currently has the oval office. Oops, I must be a racist because I just put down barry….barack…obozo, or whatever he is calling himself this week. 32 more months until the community organizer can pack his gladrags and let a real man take over and begin repairing all the damage he will have done by then. It may take decades but we will pull ourselves out of the black hole oblahblah has put us in.

Tom Middleton

May 14th, 2010
2:50 pm

Let her stay! With her family’s love for this country, their daughter’s education and preparation for the future, and her willingness to turn her shoulder to America’s “wheel” once her education is done, she’s heads above most of the bozos on this blog.

And judging from the low-caliber tone of all the reactionary posts, the political gene pool around here could definitely use another hefty dose of high-quality chlorine, and may God send many, many more! :)

stranger in a strange land

May 14th, 2010
2:53 pm

MakeitPalin @ 2:38 – I curious about answer to that question to

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
2:53 pm

@ Tom M…

She knowingly lied to get cheaper tuition when she could have renewed her student visa. Is this the kind of person who is likely to put her shoulder to Americas wheel? I’d trade her in a minute for any one of the thousands of applicants who are trying to get visas legally today.

commoncents

May 14th, 2010
2:55 pm

Now, if she was pulled over and they found out she was wanted for a viloent crime and wasn’t a successful student, this wouldn’t be a story. She would be deported just as planned, and life for the rest of us would continue as normal.

But… go figure that this illegal immigrant cheated and lied to the system for so long that she made it to college, and now the left wants to support her for being so courageous and being the ideal immigrant that they wish would cross our border!

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
2:55 pm

Jimbo and Maniacs comments were time stamped a half hour early and keep going to the bottom. That’s weird.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
2:58 pm

@ Commoncents- I’ve got a better example of a woman (friend from Church) who found out in her 30’s that her parents brought her here as an infant and she has no documentation. While immigration gave her the option of applying for citizenship she didn’t have the fees to cover the cost. Shortly thereafter she amassed some serious hospital bills that she now owes because she couldn’t get coverage.

A small bit of financial help could have saved her a lot of grief for a situation she did not cause and wanted to fix. She has never been pulled over for a traffic violation.

But she’s not a cute college student so the ACLU, AJC editorial staff and host of activists aren’t knocking her door down to help.

Smokewagon

May 14th, 2010
2:58 pm

She seems like a hard working smart lady. This is the kind of person America needs to grow strong. I suggest that for every illegal caught that we deport an entitlement person that refuses to work in their place.

Doug Patterson

May 14th, 2010
3:00 pm

Cynthia have you read Arizona’s law??? No much like our great African American Attorney General you have not. If you had you would not make such ignorant comments about it. Bottom line is you are a racist through and through. It is not about brown. It is about legal vs. illegal.

commoncents

May 14th, 2010
3:03 pm

Jimbo and Maniac are just the voices of the future. Don’t mind them… yet :)

Tom Middleton

May 14th, 2010
3:03 pm

You Asked @2:53 pm

Do you cheat on your taxes, Asked? Did you lie in your last job interview for a better job? Does you wife or girlfriend think you’re a better man than you know you are? Yes? Maybe you’re the one who should go!

thomas paine

May 14th, 2010
3:05 pm

I don’t know all the details, but she says she wants to do the right thing. Yet she’s been driving for almost 4 years without a license or insurance, lied to the cops about her address, and is planning on taking her degree back to Mexico and never paying our society back for all the help.

I don’t care how much she bats her eyes and looks innocent, she clearly has no respect for the law or this country. People that try to do the right thing generally manage to actually do the right thing most of the time. She’s clearly full of crap.

blutto

May 14th, 2010
3:05 pm

HDB: “I DO see where it allows racial profiling and forces American citizens to carry a PASSPORT as proof of citizenship!!”

I do not see those items there. Page and paragraph please.

commoncents

May 14th, 2010
3:07 pm

You Asked: you’re right, it’s not fair. But there is also a difference between not knowing about it and not acknowledging it.

But when did she find out? Surely she would know the first time she ever applied for a job and had to provide a birth certificate or SSN from when she was a teenager. How does she drive? Any driver’s liscense?

year

May 14th, 2010
3:09 pm

I say let’s kick all out who have committed crimes?? Why just the Mexicans??? There’s a lot of African Americans and White Americans who’ve driven drunk, without a license, had drugs in their cars, speeded, killed people, molested children, kicked their dogs, not paid their taxes, ran red lights, stole, and so many other illegal activities. If we got rid of all of these people that broke the law, this will be a terrific country!

Good Lord, help these Americans who feel that just because you were born here, you have a right to kick everyone else out, and not let anyone else in. I would much rather live next to this Illigal Mexican family sending their daughter to college, then a legal family living on welfare not bothering to try to better themselves.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
3:09 pm

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:37-38

dj

May 14th, 2010
3:11 pm

She broke the law and crime is not down in Arizona. Quit Lying.

Ralph

May 14th, 2010
3:13 pm

Cynthia never could understand the distinction between legal and illegal. You can tell by the way she uses the term immigrants when she means illegal immigrants. Big difference.

The ideas that she espouses are the ones that will destroy this country.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
3:13 pm

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” -Galatians 3:28

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:14 pm

@ Tom,

Do you cheat on your taxes, Asked? (Never -in fact I skipped a few deductions I wasn’t sure I had the proper documentation for).

Did you lie in your last job interview for a better job? (No- that would be stupid.)

Does you wife or girlfriend think you’re a better man than you know you are? Yes? (Yes of course – she is very loving and accepting of me. I always try to live up to her expectations – BUT I NEVER LIE TO HER).

Maybe you’re the one who should go! (No my ancestors came here legally)

A "Voice"

May 14th, 2010
3:14 pm

RealisticGeorgian

May 14th, 2010
8:18 am
Jessica Colotl will probably do more good than those Georgians who sit on their butt complaining on an AJC blog rather than actually doing something to bring positive change to our society and economy

There is absolutely nothing that guarantees that Jessica Coloti will do good or better than any Georgian and nothing to guarantee that she will bring “positive” change to our society . . .you don’t know that . . . I don’t know that! But, that has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the issue of illegal immigration nor does the argument that she “might” make some fantastic contribution to this country. Cynthia Tucker doesn’t know that for a fact. . .nor do you. The issue has to do with her being entitled to the same benefits afforded naturalized and legal immigrants and everything to do with her being illegal. True enough she was a child when she was brought here. Where are her parents now! How many brothers and sisters does she have who have also benefited from being here. Those who argue we should love one another . . . where’s the love these illegals have when they get out and hold up the Mexican flag. . where’s the love they have . . where’s the respect for the law. . . where’s their loyalty . . not with the country that has given them the “American Dream!”

Some People are stupid

May 14th, 2010
3:15 pm

Of yall ever read, she got in-state tuition because she graduated from a Ga High School. She didn’t lie about that to get any tuition assistance. That was an error on KSU part, but if you see a GA address and a GA high school with ga transcripts, wouldn’t you assume she was a ga resident.

An to the poster who said she was taking her degree back to Mexico, she has no choice, she only has a year to be here.

Average Joe

May 14th, 2010
3:16 pm

Cynthia, by more than 10 to 1, based on the posts. People favor enforcing the law.

Can you please tell us on what legal basis she should remain in this country?

Having a 3.8 grade average or being here illegally for 10 years don’t qualify as a viable defense.

SS

May 14th, 2010
3:16 pm

In another AJC article it stated “She worked nights to pay for school with hopes of becoming a lawyer.”

…how is this possible? She had no SSN, no DL! How was she paying taxes on the wages she earned? Who is the employer that hired her? I say end the 1 year reprieve that they gave her and boot her, and her family, out NOW!

Some People are stupid

May 14th, 2010
3:16 pm

Tom-
How did your ancestors come here legally??

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
3:17 pm

“The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1

Some People are stupid

May 14th, 2010
3:20 pm

Those who argue we should love one another . . . where’s the love these illegals have when they get out and hold up the Mexican flag. . where’s the love they have . . where’s the respect for the law. . . where’s their loyalty . . not with the country that has given them the “American Dream!”

I didn’t know I was suppose to be waving the American Flag everywhere I go. I guess just screw my heritage. Must have missed that in my american dream class.

commoncents

May 14th, 2010
3:22 pm

A “Voice”

I’m going to have to disagree with you. You state that “Cynthia Tucker doesn’t know that for a fact,” when, in fact, CT knows. She knows all

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:23 pm

“…but if you see a GA address and a GA high school with ga transcripts, wouldn’t you assume she was a ga resident.”

Our grade school made us bring in proof of residency (title deed, utility bill in our name, etc). Why on earth aren’t college students supposed to do so?

She knowingly defrauded Kennesaw State University. If a citizen of Alabama did that for in state tuition they’d be convicted of fraud.

stranger in a strange land

May 14th, 2010
3:25 pm

j.c. (you need to loose the caps)
My question an hour or so ago and your continued scripture references: nevermind – you’re obviously not the J.C. that I know,
However, feel free to keep flipping through the pages and pointing at random references. Someone may benefit since God’s word does not return void – right?

Edward Timmons

May 14th, 2010
3:25 pm

It’s funny how Criminals always appeal to the good natured law abiding Citizens to get what they want. Cynthia wants us to just forget the bad things this Mexican (she had a Mexico passport) did. Let’s just look at the good things. The reason our system doesn’t work, is because when it does work, we make sure it doesn’t. This was a good example of how the immigration department works with local law enforcement and some of us can’t stand it!! Deport her and let’s continue finding the rest of them illegals!!!

HDB

May 14th, 2010
3:25 pm

blutto

May 14th, 2010
3:05 pm
HDB: “I DO see where it allows racial profiling and forces American citizens to carry a PASSPORT as proof of citizenship!!”

I do not see those items there. Page and paragraph please.

HB2162 – Section 1-501: That was merged into SB 1070
SB 1070 – Article 8: Section 11-1051: Law dated 4/30/2010. It denotes
“LAWFUL CONTACT”….that can be taken as someone sitting on a porch and the police getting out of a car to ask you for ID.

HB2162 was merged into SB 1070……read the SEPARATE BILLS before reading the merged bills……

Jimbo

May 14th, 2010
3:26 pm

She is illegal. She should be deported.
Why discuss it? ct always fights for “change”, the kind that will ruin this country.
I say – “NO YOU CAN’T!”

Maniac

May 14th, 2010
3:26 pm

RRL racist, radical, liberal; this is the disease in this country today. A minority breaks the law and everybody is suppose to feel sorry for someone that broke the law. She drove without a valid license; she probably has a fraudulently obtained social security number; she probably lied her whole time about being a US citizen to get benefits due to citizens especially in-state tuition and Cynthia wants us to be on the side of this student.

Left wing liberal hypocrite…….I guess the civil rights march meant nothing to Tucker and her followers; these illegals are trouncing on the rights blood was spilled over for blacks to gain and now they feel they have the right to walk across the border and take those rights especially the right to vote.

Some Guy

May 14th, 2010
3:26 pm

Cynthia,

When your only tool is a hammer, you see everything as a nail.

Some People are stupid

May 14th, 2010
3:26 pm

You Asked-
Our grade school made us bring in proof of residency (title deed, utility bill in our name, etc). Why on earth aren’t college students supposed to do so?

That doesn’t prove she is here legally. Her parents have an address here, not the one she gave the cop but it was an address in GA.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:27 pm

@ Some people are stupid

You meant “how did your ancestors come here legally?” for me…

Some came to Plymouth in the 1620s, others came through Deleware in the 1800s, they had to prove they were self sufficient and healthy to gain access to the country. Others came through New York and had their eligability determined by a physician in a 5 minute physical. If they even looked unhealthy or admitted to the wrong political affiliations they were sent back on the boat they came on.

Out immigration policy today is much more even handed and based on someones’ willingness to work. Jessica could have applied for a student visa and probably would have received one if she was willing to pay her full tuition. That is what is so sad about this case being used as a media spectacle.

Bearcat

May 14th, 2010
3:27 pm

Would people feel differently about this case is this unlicensed driver would have had an accident and killed someone? Please note, she was pulled over for a traffic violation, she was not racially profiled.

Some People are stupid

May 14th, 2010
3:27 pm

She is a GA resident(technically), but she is in the country illegally, GA Colleges allow illegal immigrants to go to school, they just have to pay out of state tuition.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:28 pm

“That doesn’t prove she is here legally. Her parents have an address here, not the one she gave the cop but it was an address in GA.”

Your point being what? Its too easy to cheat the University System of Georgia or any County school district?

ctucker

May 14th, 2010
3:29 pm

Average Joe, I’m not saying she has a legal basis to stay. But there is a commonsense reason for her to stay: The country needs more college graduates.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:30 pm

Some people are stupid. Yes Georgia Colleges allow illegal immigrants. I’m not calling for her deportation. I’m asking her to face up to the consequences of breaking the law. Pay her full tuition, pay any fines for lying to the police about driving without a lisence and finish her degree.

Don’t confuse me with the people calling for instant deportation.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:31 pm

Ctucker

“The country needs more college graduates…”

That is a whole other discussion. Have you seen the unemployment and underemployment rates lately? Have you talked to the Cobb County teachers who were just laid off, or the UGA ed major who has been looking for a job since 2008 (AJC story from a few days ago)?

Steve

May 14th, 2010
3:32 pm

ILLEGAL…ILLEGAL…ILLEGAL…do not reward her for knowingly breaking the law.

Some People are stupid

May 14th, 2010
3:33 pm

You asked-
“…but if you see a GA address and a GA high school with ga transcripts, wouldn’t you assume she was a ga resident.”

Our grade school made us bring in proof of residency (title deed, utility bill in our name, etc). Why on earth aren’t college students supposed to do so?

My point is an aswer to your point. I originally said if she a ga transcript and ga resident , you could assume she was a residnet, you followed saying don’t they make you show proof in college, which would have made them come to the same conclusion that she was a resident.

And as far as it being fraud if someone from Al comes and does the same thing, they just would have mede said person pay the difference going forward. I know people who have done it.

Tom Middleton

May 14th, 2010
3:33 pm

You Asked @3:14 pm

Well, you must be perfect, Asked. Are you Jesus come again? No? Then “Ye without sin cast the first stone.” P.S. Your wife must be reading this blog… LOL

Some People are stupid

May 14th, 2010
3:34 pm

You asked-
I meant no malice in replying by the way

blutto

May 14th, 2010
3:35 pm

HDB @ 3:25

In other words, the “racial profiling” and requirement for American citizens to carry passports that you claimed are in the legislation are not there. Maybe if we squint real hard …

Edward Timmons

May 14th, 2010
3:37 pm

She want to be a lawyer, so she can represent the illegal immigrants that breaks our laws.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:37 pm

Some People are stupid- (nice nic by the way I feel mean writing it, heh.)

I am not faulting KSU for the way they handled the issue. Although I might have asked her for back tuition. I do fault Jessica for not renewing her Visa and paying tuition she knew as a 22 year old adult she owed.

She should face the same consequences as any US citizen who lied to get in state tuition. She will also have to face the consequences of her lying to police to get out of her traffic ticket.

Had she told the truth in both cases her situation would probably be much different today. I have personal knowledge of an undocumented friend pulled over in Cherokee county for a violation. They took her keys, asked her not to drive and I was called to drive her and her vehicle home. She promised not to do it again and she was given a warning. Georgia county police are not out to deport people who are here to work or study.

HDB

May 14th, 2010
3:37 pm

You Asked May 14th, 2010
3:27 pm

As a graduate of Georgia schools, both high school and college….a student whose transcipts is DIRECTLY sent from the high school to the college needs NO identification for those transcripts to be sent; forthermore, the State Regents assume that if a school receives a Georgia school transcript, that that student IS a resident!! No further proof is required nor asked for!! If your transcripts came from OUT-OF-STATE, THEN either a student pays out-of-state fees or establishes residency (181 days)…and THEN PROOF OF RESIDENCY IS REQUIRED!! Jessica did NOT defraud KSU……

Smokewagon

May 14th, 2010
3:39 pm

Mexico needs more college graduates also.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:39 pm

Tom – enjoy cherry picking the scriptures to justify your lack of an argument.

How about this for immigration laws “Render unto Caesar what is his…” or “Thou shalt not lie”?

Edward Timmons

May 14th, 2010
3:39 pm

How would this story be different if she was pulled over in Mexico?

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:40 pm

“I meant no malice in replying by the way”

None taken – but thank you for your consideration.

HDB

May 14th, 2010
3:41 pm

blutto May 14th, 2010
3:35 pm

Did you read the SEPARATE BILLS and the MERGED BILL?? I did….and LAWFUL CONTACT can mean whatever the police decide it is….if that’s not racial profiling, please explain what it is!! Arizona law states that proof of citizenship is an ARIZONA DRIVER’S LICENSE…and if not that, PASSPORT (the FIRST qualifier)….

It’s there….but too many don’t want to admit it!!

Tom Middleton

May 14th, 2010
3:42 pm

Some People are stupid@3:16 pm: How did your ancestors come here legally??

Vaginas, stupid. Yours were different?

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:42 pm

@ Edward Timmons “How would this story be different if she was pulled over in Mexico?”

She would have had a Mexican drivers lisence and she would be very, very late for her class on KSUs campus. (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
3:42 pm

” ‘When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” – Leviticus 19:33-34

(For Stranger)

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:44 pm

J.C.

“The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born.”

That is why Jessica should be responsible for paying her proper share of tuition and any fines she receives for lying to the police about her residency. Just like any native born student.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:45 pm

@ Tom Middleton

What about C sections?

Get Real

May 14th, 2010
3:47 pm

I’ll embrace her and send her back to where she came from. I’m sick and tired of illegals coming into this country and breaking the law. Let her try to go into North Korea and Iran and see what happens to her.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
3:49 pm

2 John 1:7-11

“For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we [1] have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” – 2 John 1:7-11

(For You Asked)

Tom Middleton

May 14th, 2010
3:50 pm

You Asked @3:39 pm

Oh good, Asked. Then how about “Do unto others what you would have others do unto you” – one of the two basic commandments upon which “all the law and prophets are based.”

Would you throw yourself out of this country after exhibiting more true American spirit than most of the legal “patriots” you know? Remember now: “Thou shalt not lie.” OK?

GimmeABreakAlready

May 14th, 2010
3:50 pm

Cynthia,

Your articles constantly amuse and amaze me. You are constantly claiming racism and it is really old. This is NOT a case of racism, it is a case of an individual who has no right to be in the United States as she cannot produce a green card. While she may be an extremely intelligent individual, that does not give her the right to live here illegally.

I am sure she has been using tax dollars to fund her education while not returning those tax dollars by paying back in to the system. I am all for America being the “melting pot” of the world and allowing individuals seeking a better life – HOWEVER – they need to pay taxes as naturalized citizens are required to. They need to be able to support themselves and not burden an already taxed system.

I think there should be a checklist for obtaining citizenship:
1. Proof of financial stability and enough funds to support themselves/family for 6 months
2. English speaking
3. No prior criminal record

That is just a start. We should be selective as to who enters our sacred land. The land that scores of heros have fought and died to create, protect and secure. Instead, we have so many illegal aliens that are bringing down that very sacred land by overtaxing the system put in place to support individuals who really need it.

Just my two cents…

Cynthia – for the sake of peace, can you please stop the racial rants your articles spew on a daily basis….it is REALLY OLD!

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
3:52 pm

“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:13

Tom Middleton

May 14th, 2010
3:54 pm

You Asked @3:45 pm: What about C sections?

Nope, Vaginas – lots and lots of vaginas! Woohoooo! LOL

Some People are stupid

May 14th, 2010
3:55 pm

GimmeABreakAlready -
You do realize English isn’t our official language.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:56 pm

J.C. – go for the Anti-christ verse. Nice. Did you know one of the definitions of anti-christ is one who teaches false doctrine. Christ taught quite clearly that we were to be honest and obey the law. He also taught that mercy did not rob justice.

I never questioned anyone’s status with God. You did that with your selective scripture lectures.

As far as I’m concerned Jessica is a faithful and redeemed soul (I have no idea if she is or isn’t). But as a person living in the USA she is responsible for obeying our laws and she is accountable for her actions if she does not.

I think the merciful and just thing to do is fine her for the laws broken, allow her to complete her degree then require her to complete a work visa if she wants to stay.

and Tom, I already said I thought it was unfair of a Cobb County police officer to target me as I was coming out of my emmissions test on my way to the DMV. But he had me legally – so I paid the fine. I would expect Jessica (as I would myself or any of my children) to do the same.

Tom Middleton

May 14th, 2010
3:57 pm

You asked

Gotta run to the vet, Asked. But if you want to still post to me, I’ll be back later…

You give me a BREAK

May 14th, 2010
3:57 pm

GimmeABreakAlready
May 14th, 2010
3:50 pm
I think there should be a checklist for obtaining citizenship:
1. Proof of financial stability and enough funds to support themselves/family for 6 months
2. English speaking
3. No prior criminal record

Why don’t we use this as a measure to expel people from this country!?!?! This would solve our traffic and overcrowding issues.

Who's law !

May 14th, 2010
3:58 pm

By American law, she is an undocumented illegal resident. By American law, she must be deported. However, I believe in the law of GOD which says we are all children of GOD. Therefore, we are all children of the universe, which has no borders or limitations! Nevertheless, this issue brings to light important points which need to be discussed in this nation. Let’s hope the best outcome results from all involved.

Another point.
How many Americans citizens refuse to return their census reports because they believe it is an invasion of their privacy? I guess they would be considered UNDOCUMENTED Americans. Should we ship them back from where their descendants came from too! Mind you, these are AMERICAN CITIZENS who refuse to perform their civic duty. Pleeeeeeease, most Americans refuse to vote unless they feel they will lose something out the deal.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
3:59 pm

J.C. “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:13

You probably know this already as my Lord and Savior, but do you remember me teaching immigrant workers english in the back of the store in Canton? Or how about the mother that I drove home after she was caught driving without a lisense. I spent the next day finding a good immigration lawyer for her that would work probono to help her get legal. Then there were the children of illegals in my church youth group. I insisted on including them in activities and finding some former missionaries who spoke Spanish to translate for me so they would be comfotable.

Thanks for blessing me with those opportunities.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:03 pm

You give me a break said: “I think there should be a checklist for obtaining citizenship:
1. Proof of financial stability and enough funds to support themselves/family for 6 months
2. English speaking
3. No prior criminal record”
- – -
Strangely enough that is similar to some of the requirements for a US student to study in Mexico. They have to prove they are financially indpendent or have their parents provide an affadivit they will provide at least $300 per month in living expenses for the duration of the students stay.

The student must complete a visa application that includes a great deal of personal and legal information.

Bearcat

May 14th, 2010
4:04 pm

Re: YOU ASKED 3:37 PM. Just where did you get the idea that Jessica had a VISA to be in this country??

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:05 pm

Accusing people of being “unChristian” because they disagree with you really lacks in Christian charity. I’m just sayin’

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:06 pm

The AJC reported yesterday that she had a visa but it expired in 2007. If that was incorrect or updated I didn’t see it. Sorry.

Christine Koelewijn

May 14th, 2010
4:06 pm

What about Illegal don’t you people understand? My husband from the Netherlands went through the LEGAL , and expensive hoops to come to America in 1995. And according to the INS when Bill Clinton was in office he signed the NAFTA agreement this bill also allows Mexican and Canadians much smaller Hoops and much less expensive Hoops to go through to come to America. So all you feel warm and fuzzy people who think this is know big deal why don’t you people start a program called Adopt an Illegal. And you become responsible for all the Illegal people who want to come here. You can pay for all their fees that come with this PRIVELIGE, also according to the INS all men 28 and under must join our Military Services and let’s see how many are willing to do this for my country.What a joke . I feel like i’m being punked by our Law maker’s. If people are ok with people stepping on our law’s then you can also Adopt an ILLEGAL.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
4:07 pm

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened.” Acts 4:13-21

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:08 pm

I can’t find the reference to the expired visa today. I must have been mistaken. Sorry about that.

GimmeABreakAlready

May 14th, 2010
4:09 pm

@Some People are stupid – “You do realize English isn’t our official language.”
“English is the de facto national language of the United States, with 82% of the population claiming it as a mother tongue, and some 96% claiming to speak it “well” or “very well”. However, no official language exists at the Federal level.”

I am very proud of your research skills young grasshopper. If we could rid ourselves of the ACLU – English could become the official language of the United States. Instead, we dance around “sensitive” issues and protect people in the name of political correctness which is out of control.

@You give me a BREAK – “Why don’t we use this as a measure to expel people from this country!?!?! This would solve our traffic and overcrowding issues.:

I never looked at it that way….you make a very good point :)

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
4:10 pm

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.” -Ephesians 2:19-21

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
4:10 pm

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.” -Ephesians 2:19-21

Joel

May 14th, 2010
4:13 pm

A fool gives fool vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. Proverbs 29:11

HDB

May 14th, 2010
4:13 pm

GimmeABreakAlready
May 14th, 2010
4:09 pm

Question: Why do you wish to eliminate an organiztion whose purpose is upholding the Constitution (The Bill of Rights)? Granted, some of the cases that the ACLU tries can make your blood boil, but they are supporting the Constitution!! Rather have them than to be without them!!

Average Joe

May 14th, 2010
4:14 pm

ctucker@3:29. I would agree with the fact that we do need college graduates and even MORE tech school grads than college types. However, the “application” of “common sense” is a matter of perspective. As such, it can’t be used to argue a case in court. Common sense may sway an opinion if it can be linked to law that supports the same. However, if the rule of law isn’t followed, there is no basis for a legal interpretation to use “common sense”. So, being a good person with excellent grades doesn’t trump the law as passed by our representatives.

stranger in a strange land

May 14th, 2010
4:14 pm

j.c. – that’s nice, but ‘aliens’ (or the stranger in a strange land) were actually slaves – not exactly what we’re talking about in the here and now. If you invoke OT law along with the NT references, I’d still (really) be curious to know how you reconcile all those NT references with how Yaweh had the Chosen People came to inhabit the Promised Land, and how they then dealt with ‘immigrants’ (in my OT version – they weren’t too friendly), and I don’t think they’re all that welcoming over there these days either. Father, Son, Holy Spirit – you were there back then, you’re still here now, and you said you do not change. So what’s the answer?

Tom Middleton

May 14th, 2010
4:15 pm

You Asked@3;56pm: “I already said I thought it was unfair of a Cobb County police officer to target me as I was coming out of my emmissions test.”

Quick one, Asked. But if you thought it was UNFAIR but were such a wimp that you didn’t fight it, why do you think Jessica (and her supporters) shouldn’t fight either? This is your understanding of the Golden Rule? Dude, you need to work on it really, really hard. Sorry, but you just lost the argument!

Dean Schade

May 14th, 2010
4:15 pm

I never agree with the lib Cynthia Tucker on anything but this one, I have to agree. I know being illegal here is a crime but there are millions out there. every second person on Jimmy Carter Rd in Norcross is illegal. Why don’t they arrest them. Why waste resources after one person who never killed, robbed anybody. You have TERRORISTS, MURDERERS, RAPISTS out there waiting to pound on us, but our wonderful law enforcement & the stupid media made a big freakin deal out of this. Go catch the real criminals and leave this girl alone.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
4:17 pm

“Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge. Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness.” – 1 Timothy 6:20-21

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:19 pm

Tom- I understand the Golden rule. and despite your self proclaimed argument winning post you don’t seem to grasp the basic fact that I have not advocated for any punishment beyond what Jessica should have to be accountable for.

Obeying the law isn’t being a wimp. I was wrong to delay my emmissions test a week past the due date and the officer was within the law, even though I didn’t like his tactics. What is there to fight?

If Jessica was still a child who unwittingly broke a law she knew nothing about it would not be correct to ask her to pay. However, she is an adult who knowingly avoided paing full tuition and knowingly lied to a police officer when caught without a lisence.

I repeat – I don’t advocate her deportation. I do advocate her paying her fines and tuition while completing her degree. Then she needs to get in line for a work visa or citizenship like any other law abiding immigrant.

David

May 14th, 2010
4:20 pm

So many of these comments to me seem just heartless and disgusting. This girl was brought here as a child and grew up here and knows only her life here – it is not like she made the decision to come here. WE, the citizens of this state and country, decided to take away her options and make her live in fear rather than stepping forward, explaining her situation, and finding a resolution. WE decided to prevent her from getting a driver’s license.
As one example of the hatred fed by real stupidity, take this comment by “free”:
“she needs to pay out of state tuition for the years she was there, get her diploma, and then seek LEGAL status. she’s been caught and now it’s time to do the right thing by us because we’ve done the right thing by her.”
This is totally wrong. Education is funded by (property) tax dollars and to some extent the lottery. Participation in the lottery is entirely optional. Paying property taxes is not and having lived here for all the years she was in school she or her parents paid property taxes, either on a home they owned or as part of their rent for an apartment (apartment owners being profit minded include costs like that in the rent they charge). They have also paid sales taxes, gasoline taxes, income taxes, ad valorem taxes, and every other tax any citizen pays.
So you can yell about status all you want, but she and her family have probably paid MORE in taxes than any citizen (they will never get a refund from the IRS like you do and they will never see a dollar of the Social Security they have paid in) so don’t argue that they havent paid their own way for services!!!!!!!!!!

Ed Kaylor

May 14th, 2010
4:20 pm

Seems the overwhelming thread is to deport the illegal person. Many throw out the “What would Jesus do” line. Well, from my reading of the Bible I think he SUPPORT THE LAW. Render unto Ceaser…..
Just think about how many legal residents and/or Americans have been denied a place in college or funding because of an illegal. Those illegals who are not from Mexico can’t go back to Mexico because the Mexican goverment would put them in prison or depot them or both!!
As usual the liberal is on the wrong side of this issue. Even the liberal press can’t hide the fact that 60+% of the American people want the Federal Government to do their CONSTITUTIONAL duty and protect our borders. Is that too much to ask, Cynthia? Apparently it is.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:20 pm

“Avoid godless, foolish discussions with those who oppose you with their so-called knowledge. Some people have wandered from the faith by following such foolishness.” – 1 Timothy 6:20-21

Good idea – I think I’ll stop wasting my time with foolish bloggers pretending to be Jesus Christ by quoting scripture.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
4:24 pm

“Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise” Romans 12:16

Kick down the door !

May 14th, 2010
4:24 pm

Hey Joel:

I don’t know to many American citizens kicking down the door to Mexico to become an illegal Mexican resident. If you know any, let me know, so I can get them some medication !

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:24 pm

Deportation when she is within a year of her degree is draconian. There is some room for mercy here and KSU President Dan Papp made the right decision.

She should however be responsible and accountable for the laws she broke, pay the tuition she owes and any fines from lying to the police.

While she did not make the decision to come here at 10 years of age, she did make the decision to lie about her residency at the ages of 19-22. She should be held accountable. If not what does that say to the millions of people who have worked very hard to gain legal admittance to the US and our Universities, while paying their full tuition?

stranger in a strange land

May 14th, 2010
4:26 pm

j.c. – since you don’t know, I’ll take the advise of J.C. – who divinely inspired the writer to tell us to beware of wolves in sheeps clothing.
(for your sake, i just hope you believe what you post)

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:26 pm

“It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.” -Proverbs 25:24

Mr Charlie

May 14th, 2010
4:27 pm

The cat is out of the bag. Our government let us down, they let the businesses employ these illegal workers without penalty. So, after 20 years of this, it is too late to “crack down”. As a matter of fact, Bushes policies increased the amount of illegals, for they used to go home after the fruit season, but with the increased border tightening after 911, they stayed in our country and migrated east to make a living, fearful they might not be able to return. There should be changes made to allow a path to citizenship, or else you can expect a civil war.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
4:28 pm

“Never let yourself think that you are wiser than you are; simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong.” -Proverbs 3:7

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:30 pm

A “civil war”?! Really Mr Charlie… Treason is hardly a good response to a poor enforcement of our laws.

Remind me, how did that civil war thing work out for us the last time?

wdw

May 14th, 2010
4:36 pm

you won a Pulitzer?…was it a COPY?????

middler and so tired of all the rhetoric :

May 14th, 2010
4:36 pm

Enter your comments here This young lady was an excellent student. However, she is not a citizen. And the crimes, yes crimes, she committed when detained indicate she is not someone who should be allowed to remain. Especially to become a lawyer. Remember what lawyers are supposed to do?

The immigration situation is very sad and hurts a lot of people. Some innocent at the time of the initial crime like this young lady. However, as the descendant of legal immigrants on both sides of my family who came to this country for the same reasons this woman is here I do not think excusing certain people here illegally is right. My ancestors, some as recently as the early 1900s went through the quotas,quarantines, and processes and some made it here legally. Others were returned to their country of origin. Some died in camps in WWII.

We cannot pick and choose some illegal aliens and punish all the others. That is a form of profiling too. Many of the illegal immigrants have brown skin. If they came from Canada and were white I would feel the same way. Wanting to enforce the laws and protect our country isn’t racist no matter what color the people committing the crimes.

I cannot go to Mexico without legal papers and illegally enjoy the benefits of their citizenship nor would I expect to. In my part of Atlanta many of the public elementary schools teach all but ESOL classes in Spanish and their signs are in Spanish. The students are not made to learn English so that they mainstream into American society but remain in their subculture. This is wrong. Having English as our official language and requiring all official and legal documents be in English is not wrong. If someone here illegally is from Ireland, France, Haiti, Israel, China, India, or Mexico he or she should be deported. It would be nice to be able to allow anyone open access and not worry about healthcare, jobs, or anything else. Unfortunately, the world is not like that. And we cannot be either.

This is a very smart woman. Yet she went to school illegally and even planned to enter the justice system. Her choices show that she is willing to circumvent the law if it suits her purposes. No one has that right. These choices were made as an adult, not a child. She has to take responsibility for her choices and pay the penalty for wrong ones.

ken R

May 14th, 2010
4:38 pm

Let her finish her education as long as it’s not costing the taxpayers 1 cent and then send her back to Mexico where she can practice law.
You are part of the reason that most people can’t stand liberals, you and your ilk will ruin this country.

Please tell us why you and other liberals don’t want people who have waited years to come to America legally, just how many illegals is enough?

stranger in a strange land

May 14th, 2010
4:39 pm

You asked – amen to that
jc (and CT – and anybody else for that matter) – if you want to drag the Bible into these discussions – no fair taking it cafeteria style. It’s all of it, or none of it.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
4:41 pm

“The most stupid fool is better off than those who think they are wise when they are not.” -Proverbs 26:12

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

May 14th, 2010
4:41 pm

Shoulden’t the title be “Embrace this ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT?” You are such a cow-tow for the leftist in this country, you should be ashamed.

Mr Charlie

May 14th, 2010
4:43 pm

You asked, I, nor my family was not around during the last civil war, but from what I heard, it did not work out all that well for anyone who was in it.

But yes, if we start to try and deport every “illegal”, there will be a civil war. They won’t leave without a fight. You can bet on it. Personally, I would probably fight on the “legal” side, but I do understand how America’s policies have let us to this point. I do not blame this girl, she was 10, I blame the failure of our system that turned a blind eye to the invasion during the Bush-Clinton-Bush years. It would have been a fight then, but it will be a much bigger one now.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

May 14th, 2010
4:44 pm

Dean, so the law abiding illegals are OK – News flash, just by being here, they are BREAKING THE LAW, TOO! AZ or bust!

BehindEnemyLines

May 14th, 2010
4:45 pm

She’s a criminal, plain & simple. A bright criminal perhaps, but otherwise still a criminal.
And no Cynthia, we don’t need any more of those, we grow plenty of our own already.

Mr Charlie

May 14th, 2010
4:46 pm

Is a law that is not enforced a law at all? Aren’t there still sodomy laws on the books?

Brian

May 14th, 2010
4:46 pm

Why would we not want people who contribute positively to society? I am for limiting immigrants, but not in cases like this.

Craig - The real Criag

May 14th, 2010
4:46 pm

Send her back, calling our immigration system messed up is one thing if you are a CITIZEN its a whole different cupcake when you are here illegally. Just because a law isn’t the way you like doesn’t mean you can ignore it. I would love to smoke and buy pot openly but I can’t and if I get caught then I have to pay for that. I would love to ignore things that are illegal like buying booze on Sunday but I can’t so she should respect our laws and go back to Mexico and apply legally.

Law Abiding Citizen

May 14th, 2010
4:46 pm

The US needs college students like the ILLEGAL Jessica C

… that is until one of them STEALS an education from a relative of Ms. Tucker’s !! Why don’t you investigate how ILLEGAL immigrants have stolen from the black community, then maybe your panties will bunch up in your behind!

Will you ever post something that is not riddled with BS?

I love this country

May 14th, 2010
4:47 pm

Well this girl is in a sorority and goes to college. She has to be a good girl. Do we really know her. She may be a terrorist for all we know.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:47 pm

Mr Charlie – I see where you are going. I am more worried about a slow motion version of what the Visigoths did to Rome than a Civil war however. The Visigoth story is frighteningly parallel in many ways. We will reap what we sew – and if we choose not to enforce laws we have enacted that sends a very bad message to those who will want to pick and choose which laws they will obey.

Ron

May 14th, 2010
4:48 pm

Tucker is not dead yet? Bummer. I wish her and EVERY illegal would get the heck out. Including this chick from KSU.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:49 pm

Lets hope the immigration officials are New Testament fans, this would be too draconian:

“Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.” -Exodus 32:27

(that was a joke folks…)

I love this country

May 14th, 2010
4:50 pm

I was waiting for someone to blame it on Bush. Different day, same chirping

Ron Mexico

May 14th, 2010
4:52 pm

Its like arguing with a wall with some of these people, so I give up. I am going to start breaking the law too though, so lock your doors people…

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:52 pm

I Love This Country-

Isn’t that one of the Constitutionally outlined duties of the President? “Taking blame for every dang fool thing any American does or is accused of doing.” I could have sworn it was in the Bill of Rights somewhere?

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
4:53 pm

“See to it, then, that no one enslaves you by means of the worthless deceit of human wisdom, which comes from the teachings handed down by human beings and from the ruling spirits of the universe, and not from Christ. For the full content of divine nature lives in Christ, in his humanity, and you have been given full life in union with him. He is supreme over every spiritual ruler and authority.” Colossions 2:8-10

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
4:53 pm

Ron Mexico- Agreed, but you may want to skip my address. I am a second amendment fan. ;-)

Ron Mexico

May 14th, 2010
4:54 pm

Guess by the logic of these people on this site too, then 61% of this country are racist bigots too. Remember that.

Craig - The real Criag

May 14th, 2010
4:54 pm

100% are racist with CT being one of the leaders!

Ron Mexico

May 14th, 2010
4:54 pm

Me too, You asked!

Craig - The real Criag

May 14th, 2010
4:55 pm

Watch out for my house I am a HUGE 2nd Amendment fan

Ron

May 14th, 2010
4:55 pm

T – errible
U – gly
C – rappy columns
K – ind, only to other blacks.
E – qual (not!)
R – acist

Javier

May 14th, 2010
4:56 pm

CTucker,

“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.”

EMBARRASSING? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME!

That’s it. You are absolutely off your rocker if you think that banning ILLEGAL immigrants from our state colleges and universities is EMBARRASSING!

Arizona Law, GOOD!

Now on the other hand, what’s happening to Colotl is very unfortunate and she has her parents to blame. That being said, SHAME on our government for not putting more safeguards into place to check the citizenship of all those who inhabit this country.

Colotl should not be held responsible but it is in fact a grey area that cannot be taken too lightly for if we react too non-nonchalantly, then we are condoning more behavior like that of her parents who put an innocent young girl into this situation, and then we will see a spike in illegal immigration.

More measures need to be put in place for verification of citizenship so that we can catch these instances soon before another innocent is forced to got through a scenario such as this due to the misconduct of their parents.

Want a electric, check for citizenship. Want water, check for citizenship. Want a Netflix account, check for citizenship. Want to attend grade school, check for citizenship!

Craig - The real Criag

May 14th, 2010
4:57 pm

CT hates tax paying citizens, she only supports law breaking tax evading soon to be the majority but will still blame their problems on the white man.

LazySam

May 14th, 2010
4:58 pm

Glad my taxes and not those of her parents or herself paid for that education! She broke multiple laws.
That is the biggest problem with this. It’s not the colleges that should block illegals, it’s all public education and college grants that are paid for by American tax dollars that should be blocked.

If this was a male would the uproar be as big? If the person was a male illegal from Iran/Pakistan would everyone defend their right to stay?

Ooops

May 14th, 2010
4:58 pm

She was driving WITHOUT A LICENSE. You can assume that means she has no insurance so if she hits anybody they are out of luck when it comes to damages, injury or death. Of course, that wouldn’t be grounds for deportation either…..

Craig - The real Criag

May 14th, 2010
4:59 pm

LazySam -
Hell No – people would not defend them. CT only defends people who dirnk the kool aid and believe Obama’s BS.

Mr Charlie

May 14th, 2010
5:00 pm

You Asked, I do not disagree with you, but this immigration issue is like being a little bit pregnant. From what I see, most of the hispanics are quality, christian, hard working, family oriented people. In generations, they seem to who the promise to carry the torch of American principals. I think your associations with the Vivigoths would be true if we continue to have no system in place as we do today.

Sure, you have your criminals, and they are generally associated with drugs (another issue altogether).

Or, the other option is root them out and send them home, but I assure you, that is a violent bloody option. So, we have 3 choices.

1. Status Quo – Visigoths and Rome is a very good analogy here.

2. Root them out and send them home- It will be bloody, violent, and heart wrenching. It will be a very dark time in our countries history. Considering about 1/2 of the military is hispanic, I would not dare to verture who the “victor” would be.

3. Creat a path to legalization, and hope they emigrate and grow in the great melting pot of America.

Billybob

May 14th, 2010
5:00 pm

Typical liberal spin of ’support her, why don’t you care about people’ you evil conservatives!’. It’s nice to see common sense people who want the law followed and enforced. Also, I think I need to ask you Tucker……Have YOU read the Arizona Immigration Bill?

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:01 pm

JC – what translation are you using. Seriously I couldn’t find “ruling spirits of the universe” reference d in any of the following:

NIV, NLT, ESV, NASB, ISV, KJV, Darby, Webster or Weymouth…

King James says”Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

Craig - The real Criag

May 14th, 2010
5:01 pm

I am wondering if the AJC could employ a white supremacist, because that’s the equivalent of CT,

Fry 'Em!!!!

May 14th, 2010
5:03 pm

Mere words cannot describe the pathetic douche bag who wrote this Marxist article. I suppose CT will not be happy until there are no pale faces left in the USST (United States Socialist Territory).

Orange10

May 14th, 2010
5:03 pm

ICE, the best friend an illegal alien could possibly have.

Tom

May 14th, 2010
5:03 pm

If we start to make exceptions for someone who is here illegally, pretty soon the line between legal and illegal wont be there. This lady is ILLEGAL….she broke the law, her parents broke the law. It’s of no importance that she has been here for most of her life. She is here ILLEGALLY, her parents are here ILLEGALLY. They need to be deported, and banned from applying for legal entry for whatever time the law dictates.

Bryan

May 14th, 2010
5:05 pm

So just because a person does well in school we should disregard the law? She is an adult, she knows she was not legally enetitled to be here, she lied. She should be deported immediately. If she wants to finish college, try it the correct legal way.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:06 pm

Mr Charlie,

I’m not sure we’d have problems with Hispanic soldiers. They are here legally or are earning fast track citizenship by serving in our armed forces. A good portion of the American Southwest is populated with Hispanics who have been citizens for many generations. They are as thrilled (not) with illegal immigration as anyone and it impacts their states negatively.

Portraying this issue as a race issue is a red herring.

Your main point is corrrect. By allowing ourselves to be “a little bit pregnant” for 40+ years we have created an unsustainable and unwinnable situation.

bobby

May 14th, 2010
5:07 pm

Couple of points. First I blame the system and how is “HAS” been opertaing. Picking and choosing. What makes her different than a 18 year old Cuban baseball player discovered in Cuba. If you can play a sport then you get an instant visa. Personally if she works and paying for her own education then I can care less.
The immigration laws need to be addressed. The system is unfair. Why do people come over her illegally; depending on where you a from you can never be approved to come here.
I tried to have my wifes aunt come visit from Brazil. I was going to support her, pay her flight. We paid for a flight for to go to her Visa interview because it was in another state, paid hotel fee for her and a friend because she had never flown before and she got denied because she was too poor. So the only way our son can see my wife’s side of the family is to fly to Brazil because they live in a rural part and immigration feels that they do not have enough to prove that they will return. They could never prove that as some of the houses are made of clay. I do believe that people should be here legally but not shut out because of economic descrimination.
I can post bail and be responsible for a criminal but I can’t be given the same responsibility for a poor old Brazilian woman just to visit the US.

John Birch

May 14th, 2010
5:08 pm

Cynthia we need students just like her who obey the law. We don’t need people that drive without a license (insurance too?) and lie to the police. It’s very disappointing that you can’t overcome your pro-minority bias in this case and stand up for what’s right. You were able to correctly address the antics of the King family when they did the wrong thing. Why are you so blind to the obvious right and worng in this case?

bree jons

May 14th, 2010
5:09 pm

Oh, I am a good person too. Very good…until I break the law, say like being in the country illegally….like driving without a license…
Until the laws are taken seriously, there is no law.
How is this illegal paying for school, I wonder? Federal student loans, perhaps.????
No wonder every one gets pissed off about illegals.

Lambent

May 14th, 2010
5:09 pm

I get so mad about people trying to defend illegal immigrants.

One of my best friends immigrated to this country. He did so legally and just officially became a full citizen this winter, and really it is not that difficult.

We both agree that when you go for years with no attempt to fix the situation you really have nobody to blame but yourself. And on top of this, she did break the law. It doesn’t matter if you like the law or not, she still has broken it.

What is most troubling is that she was able to get this far without being caught. No driver’s license or SSN? How the heck did she get into the university in the first place?

The United States has processes for immigration, if you decide to blatantly break the law and come here illegally, then honestly you should be deported immediately and quit the sad stories/excuses.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:10 pm

Never mind JC – I found it… The Good News Translation created in the 60s by the American Bible Society.

Law Abiding Citizen

May 14th, 2010
5:10 pm

Craig – The real Criag

May 14th, 2010
5:01 pm
I am wondering if the AJC could employ a white supremacist, because that’s the equivalent of CT,

Craig – that would be the perfect point – counterpoint! Love it! :)

sheila

May 14th, 2010
5:10 pm

Definition of illegal: : not according to or authorized by law Illegal immigrant defines the entire problem. Illegal means no rights, no defense. Her attorney said she is “American” in her heart then as any american is subject to the laws of our country so is she. NO excuses meaning: an explanation that frees one from fault or blame

stranger in a strange land

May 14th, 2010
5:11 pm

You asked @ 4:49 – good one

jc – this comes to mind for some reason – I’m sure you know where it is:
All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:12 pm

Bobby- is there any evidence Jessica tried to get a student visa and was denied? If not then the unfair immigration practices argument kind of falls flat in this case. Especially when not disclosing her real address allowed her to pay in state tuition.

I saw Ms. Tucker on Sunday

May 14th, 2010
5:13 pm

My goodness. If this young lady is smart enough to get a degree here in the US, i am sure the Universities in Mexico will be glad to see her.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:15 pm

Stranger,

I know! Pete Seeger and the Byrds!

;-)

Jack Bauer

May 14th, 2010
5:16 pm

BLIND HATE. PERIOD. For the Love of God, She lied about her current address to cover the fact that she’s not suppose to be here…she doesnt have a registered physical address in the US. Rocket science? All these bigots are the ones who dont have passports, never been anywhere beyond their counties..sorry , cities and know nothing about other cultures, and fear everyone else is a heathen terorristic child of devils.
May the Lord have mercy on the South.

James

May 14th, 2010
5:16 pm

Good job Cynthia!!! Please continue what you are doing. I love seeing how these racist idiots get so bothered by the truth. They try use their “it’s the law” excuse to cover up their real issue, racism. This girl is no more a threat to this country than my 14 month old son. If anything, she sounds like a very productive member of society. I wish her the best and look forward to reading more of your insightful articles!!!

Bob

May 14th, 2010
5:17 pm

I hope her parents and the rest of her family are back in Mexico. If not, they should be. That way our government can’t be accused of dividing families.

ChrisB

May 14th, 2010
5:17 pm

Some of the comments here only prove that we need all the talent we can get in this country of immigrants! Let’s not forget that all of our ancestors, with the exception of Native Americans, were illegal immigrants at one point!

Mr Charlie

May 14th, 2010
5:19 pm

You asked, again, they will not leave without a fight, and I am not sure how the Latinos in the Military, or the legal latinos already in this country will feel about watching crying, screaming, latinos being rounded up and shipped off, and in some cases shipped to places where they might be executed on the spot, Especially in cases like the Kennesaw girl who is here by no fault of her own.

I am sure there will be violence, attacks, and the need for military help and intervention. Again, not sure how our latino military will respond with having to do the dirty work.

We are talking about 30-40 million people, I believe it will tear this country apart. Again, we have 3 choices. Do nothing, Enforce the law, or change the law to allow a path to citizenship. Again, I think Latinos are productive and would enhance the country for generations to come, it just seems like the rational alternative.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:19 pm

Jack,

“She lied about her current address to cover the fact that she’s not suppose to be here…”

Setting aside the fact that you can read her mind and divine intent remotely through the internet (pretty cool skill BTW)… If that were the case why didn’t she avail herself of the opportunity for a student visa any time in her adult life? Possible motives also include cheaper tuition, hiding additional family members here illegally, having gotten away with gaming the system for her entire life from age 10-22 that she didn’t think it was a big deal…

Ron

May 14th, 2010
5:19 pm

ChrisB, shut up. Blacks and illegals are the ones ruining this country.

bobby

May 14th, 2010
5:21 pm

You asked – That is true but you must keep in miund that from the story, she came here at the age of 10. I am certain that at that age she is not trying to make waves. Most of us will follow our parents especially if is a better life. To apply for a student visa she would have to leave the country and go back to Mexico and wait for approval. She may not even know anybody there…who knows, or have the means to support herself while waiting. Either take a chance and finish college because you have been beating the system so far or go back to Mexico and wait to see if you can return. I don’t know many people that would make that choice. I know a guy who is American, his wife is from another country. SDhe came here on a fiance visa pregnant. The Fiance deecided not to marry her so she stayed illegally. She is married now but to get citizenship she would have to leave and go back to her country and wait to see if she is allowed to come back to the US.
I want legal immigration but I think you have to look at it case by case.
The System still needs fixing.

Immigration Tip

May 14th, 2010
5:22 pm

If they did not Apply for VISA within a short time period of their arrival (she was 7), then they are screwed for life. There is no other provision of applying for any change of immigration status unless a miracle happens.
She has not done any crime….sit and think before spewing hatred. She Lied? seriously? did you know she’s been here since second grade?
What a hatred….luckily its a cancer that will eat your own damn flesh.

Benton Arsenic

May 14th, 2010
5:22 pm

Boy, the people on this board REALLy hate Mexicans! They go blah blah blah about tax money, job losses, “stolen” educational resource, what have you, but the real fact is that they just hate Mexicans. Own up to it, people! It’s bad enough to be racist and xenophobic. It only makes it worse if you’re also hypocrital.

Joemama

May 14th, 2010
5:22 pm

Does she have a social security card? How can you be a student at a public college w/o a ssn? Don’t the taxpayers pay part of the bill for KSU? Just enforce the laws, make the public institutions for citizens and LEGAL aliens? Is this really such a hard issue?

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:22 pm

Mr Charlie- we certainly need to look at the law. If there is indeed such a high demand for visas coming from productive skilled tradespeople and students we need to make them easier to get. Those who want to stay and contribute as American Citizens should be helped to do so in any way possible.

Those who break the law to jump ahead in line in front of honest immigrants need to be shown to the back of the line and helped to start the process legally.

James

May 14th, 2010
5:23 pm

@ Ron Thanks, you just proved my point!!

Tomas

May 14th, 2010
5:26 pm

She committed a crime, it really is that simple, she broke the law and she has to suffer the consequences.
People have to be responsible for their own actions. Her family has had plenty of time to do things correctly, as for people who say that since she is here she had no other choice, that is actually incorrect. She NOW has no choice, but she had a choice before she got caught. Before she got caught, there was no record of her being in the US Illegally, therefore, had she gone down to Mexico and started to do things correctly before April, no one would have known. If she really had the drive to become an American citizen, she could have gone to Mexico, applied to serve in the US Army for atleast 2 years and she would have gotten her green card after passing security checks. However, it was easier to keep on doing things illegally, tha legally and thats the choice she made.
Second, yes, she was a child when she was brought to the country, but she isn’t a child now. For the last 3 years, she chose to continue breaking the law. The ends do not justify the means, whether she likes it or not, she is a criminal and should be punished for it.
I myself am an Immigrant, granted my parents chose to do things legally from the beginning. IT took 10 years, but i followed the rules and became a citizen. My parents worked incredibly long hours in low paying jobs to be able to afford the procedures and the 10 years were not easy on anyone.
Is it her fault that her parents brought her to the US as a child, probably not but it is her fault that she chose to stay. If you choose to break the law you also have to accept the consequences, the problem is that people come in illegally, and as time goes on, they discover a way to make a living and cheat the system, then they lose any incentive to follow the law because it is simply unnecessary.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:27 pm

James – Ron’s head is obviously crammed so far up his anterior he’s probably not going to be able to read your response.

I’m as worried about illegals hindering legitimate immigration as I am them hurting any US citizens chances for a job or University spot. There are thousands of better spokespersons for immigration reform – people who really got caught in a bad system. lost a job and want to get another to keep their work visa, are having trouble raising funds for school and want to keep a school visa, etc.

Any one of them would make a better representative for immigration reform than a 22 year old adult who chose to drive without a lisence and allow KSU to charge her in state tuition under false pretenses.

frank

May 14th, 2010
5:29 pm

ok we will embrace her once she pays back the in state tuition discount she illegaly received, and all back property taxes for the free education she received.

sounds fair to me

Fry 'Em!!!!

May 14th, 2010
5:29 pm

Idiots like James are very funny. What happens when the money runs out that funds these law breakers? It has to come from somewhere. Is James just another leach sucking on the gov’t teat or a tax payer? Hmmmmm.

Mr Charlie

May 14th, 2010
5:30 pm

You asked, agreed. We very much need to fix this law to at least give these people some sort of option other than hiding in the basement waiting for the military to come knocking. Ever see the movie Ann Frank, hard to imagine it could happen here. Once the path is set, seal the borders, build wall, electric fences, or whatever it takes.

I liked one Politician who said he would offer 1 million dollars to each Mexican General at the end of each year, minus $100 for ever illegal caught coming across the border. I assure you, that would stop it.

Orange10

May 14th, 2010
5:30 pm

C Tucker is shock jockey, nothing more, nothing less. Like it or not she gets paid to make the popular opinion angry which she is quite good at. In the big picture she does not matter. The people who do matter however are government officials who are paid to make and uphold law. I only hope I do not wake up tomorrow reading “Georgia caves to illegal alien” in the AJC.

u have 2b kidding

May 14th, 2010
5:31 pm

I can’t believe that this is even a question. Deport her and welcome her back when she has legal papers. I think the country would be better off if illegals were shot on sight.

bill

May 14th, 2010
5:32 pm

I only read your column to see the drivel you come up with….The only time you have been correct in your whole life was when you went off on the worthless King children….Illegal…not “undocumented”……….send her back to Mexico and you go with her along with the rest of the liberals…………

Jack Bauer

May 14th, 2010
5:32 pm

Im watching her live right now on channel 2 at KSU. Tune in, you may find compassion, if nothing else

Pablo

May 14th, 2010
5:32 pm

I don’t know, but judjing by the tone of Ms. Tucker’s columns, I am willing to bet that if the illegals in this counrty were predominantly white and conservative, her cries for the closing of the borders with electric fences and the activation of all available military forces to impede the invasion would be the order of the day.
This is not an issue of race, or racism. This is an issue of respect to the rule of law, and the respect for the national borders of this country. Mexico, as an example, is fairly tough with people who cross their borders illegally; but its government has been caught red-handed several times producing “educational” material instructing people how to come in to the USA illegally. After all, the money the illegals send back to their respective countries of origin (it’s not only Mexico, you know) is what save their respective economies from collapse. Should we allow illegals to come and go as they please, while they are people from all over the world who spend a good amount of time, money and effort to immigrate legally? No. I find it very difficult to feel sorry for this young woman. Deport her, her family, and all the ILLEGALS now.

say what

May 14th, 2010
5:33 pm

C.T. I’m really worried about you!! You keep going of the deep end with your columns.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:33 pm

u have 2b kidding- “shot on sight”?!

Do you also support lethat injection for unpaid parking tickets? Brother…

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:34 pm

Speaking of Liberals and Borders where did all those Hollywood types who promised to move away if we elected a Republican go during the Bush years?

I hope they have their passports current for the 2010 election cycle (just in case).

Rick in Grayson

May 14th, 2010
5:35 pm

Rick in Grayson Your comment is awaiting moderation.

May 14th, 2010
5:26 pm
Hours after being released from jail, a Kennesaw State University student who has become the focus of a heated immigration debate told supporters and reporters “I never thought I was going to be caught up in this messed-up system.”
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Jessica is ungrateful for the generosity of Americans for the education she has been provided over the years while in this country illegally!

She has the gall to call our immigration system a “messed up system”! I wonder what this whiz kid thinks about the Mexican immigration system? She is not so bright to make statements like that.

As far as being bright, she graduated with a 3.8 at Lakeside (Dekalb?). Well she didn’t spend much time at that school from what I have read and who knows how many ESOL classes she took to pad her GPA. A 3.8 average for a local HS doesn’t exactly make that person brilliant. With the grade inflation over the last 3 decades a 3.8 average in HS equates to about B (3.0) 30 years ago.

She has already been at KSU for four years and is still one year short of graduating. Sorry, but Political Science classes simply are not as tough as STEM classes, so we have lots of students that are more academically gifted than Jessica. Why everyone is thinking she might “cure Cancer” evades me.

From one of the recent articles her lawyer states, “He hopes to get her a work permit so she can again receive the less expensive in-state tuition status at Kennesaw State University.”

Well if someone can just start a job in Georgia and that establishes “legal” residency, then maybe all those families who send their kids to KSU and are paying out-of-state tuition can have their kids pick up a part time job at some fast food restaurant so they instantly become legal state residents. On second thought, maybe not, I’ve seen too many of their fast food employees that can not speak English properly…but maybe some might have a company quota for teens that can speak English.

Seems Jessica only wants to get an education if US taxpayers subsidize her education. She probably doesn’t even have student loans out for her education. She probably had the HOPE scholarship when she entered KSU. Hopefully the AJC or some government offical can inform us on whether she attended KSU on a HOPE scholarship. I also hope that they charge her out of state tuition for the years she wasn’t qualified to receive in-state tuition. Please contact the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia and request that they inform the public if she attended KSU on the HOPE scholarship. I tried to give a URL but the comment was not allowed.

I’m sure the Chancellor’s office wouldn’t want to be defrauding the taxpayers of Georgia even though they weren’t on the ball enough to prevent illegal aliens from attending Georgia public colleges and universities…and allowed them to pay in-state tuition to boot!

stranger in a strange land

May 14th, 2010
5:35 pm

you asked 5:15 – oh yeah – them too :-)

Fry 'Em!!!!

May 14th, 2010
5:36 pm

Tomas, thank you!!! You are absolutely welcome to this country with open arms because you did it LEGALLY. You have managed to lay out the entire problem in fewer words than it would have taken me. Thank you again and I wish you much success! As for the illegals, I wish them a quick trip back to their country.

Larry Fontenot

May 14th, 2010
5:38 pm

Your caption reads, “Undocumented KSU student . . .”. It would be nice if you would forget the politically correct and simply say, “Illegal alien KSU student . . .”. Do they deduct from your salary when you state facts simply and truthfully?

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:39 pm

“C Tucker is shock jockey, nothing more, nothing less. Like it or not she gets paid to make the popular opinion angry which she is quite good at.”

Well of course! Is there any other blog at the AJC that has multiple 500 post threads today?

She also attracts her share of knuckle dragging, redneck, racist idiots who help her justify her own racially based biases.

That’s where the political spectrum kind of wraps around in a big circle of life and meets at idealogue (to use a nice term).

Wheat Williams

May 14th, 2010
5:39 pm

Thank you, Cynthia. You are absolutely right. Yes, laws were broken, but the US immigration laws are grossly unjust, and should be overturned and rewritten. Civil disobedience often is necessary to overturn unjust laws, and it looks like Jessica’s family’s whole life since Jessica was age 10 has been an act of civil disobedience. Jessica’s family came here to work hard and their work benefitted the American economy. It’s time to LEGALIZE WORKING FOR A LIVING. I hope that Jessica’s plight will shame us all into overthrowing our unjust immigration laws.

And in case you’re wondering, my family has been citizens and has been here legally since their arrival in the colony of Maryland in the year 1725.

Brent

May 14th, 2010
5:39 pm

Enter your comments here

Todd

May 14th, 2010
5:40 pm

Folks like Ms. Tucker and all the anti-immigration reform group think that it is O.K. to come here illegaly and break our laws regardless if they are minor. I support Arizona’s law and if people don’t like it then too bad. It is our country that OUR forefathers died for and if someone of another color or heritage wants to come to America then they need to do it LEGALLY!!! That is all we ask. If you want to ram it down our throat, then I am ready for a fight even if it is violent!!!!

James

May 14th, 2010
5:40 pm

First, I don’t think this girl chose to be the representative for immigration reform. second, how many people do you know that have been caught driving without a license. Ok, she broke that law, but please. If that is the worst thing she has done, I can live with it. As for her tuition issue, I am not from GA originally, but I have lived here long enough where I could get in state tuition if I went to college. this young lady has actually been here longer than I have, so I would say she’s just as much a resident as I am.

It’s not her fault that she was brought into this country by her parents when she was 10 years old! Then I see so many of you who say she should go back to Mexico and do it the legal way. Give me a damn break! She has grown up here, what does she know about Mexico? No, what should happen is there should be a way for this girl to become a citizen and continue doing what she is doing. And that is being a productive part of American society. If this girl had not come here with here family, there is not telling where she would have been. Maybe dead!! But I’m sure that would have been perfectly ok with you God fearing, USA loving, lunatics who always look for someone to blame for the problems in this country. Here’s a hint……look in the damn mirror. Where were all you patriots at when your boy Dubya was running this damn country in the ground? You people are always looknig for someone to blame. Terrorist, gays, illegal immigrants, liberals………..anyone but you wonderful, patriotic pillars of society. You people are the epitome of hypocrites.

Again, keep up the good work, Cynthia!!!!

blutto

May 14th, 2010
5:42 pm

HDB: “Did you read the SEPARATE BILLS and the MERGED BILL?? I did….and LAWFUL CONTACT can mean whatever the police decide it is….”

No it cannot. You see, friend HDB, that is the problem with liberalism. Liberals like yourself cannot accept what the law, as plainly written and as set forth in the legislative record, means. They look for “penumbras” and “emanations” and all sorts of hidden meanings. If they are in positions of power, they interpret the law based on “feelings” then they stretch and bend and distort the law based on some elitist view of what the law should be. In doing so render the law meaningless.

James

May 14th, 2010
5:42 pm

@ Todd…..someone of another color? What time is your Klan meeting tonight?

Wilbo

May 14th, 2010
5:44 pm

Good grief, you’re such a complete idiot. Can you just not comprehend that she came here illegally and that she’s had some success does not later that fact. I’m sure you did reasonably well in school. Does that mean you should be given a free pass for drunk driving, assault, or forgery? The law is the law, woman, what you do after you break the law does not magically make you innocent.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:46 pm

James – she will be a productive member of American society when she pays her full tuition, gets her student visa, completes her degree, completes her Law Degree, gets a work visa and lands a job as a Lawyer then applies for citizenship.

Until that time she will only be a potentially productive potential American citizen.

There are a lot of men and women from other countries including Mexico that are currently serving in our Armed forces, risking their butts overseas for the priveledge of citizenship who are a darn sight more deserving of the title “productive American citizen”.

Rick

May 14th, 2010
5:46 pm

Here is the text of an email to the Georgia Board of Regents about the issues surrounding Jessica’s attendance at KSU and being subsidized by GA taxpayers.
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I would like to know if Jessica Colotl, the illegal alien that attends KSU and has paid in-state tuition for at least 3 years, will be charged out-of-state tuition for those years.

Jessica has defrauded the citizens of Georgia who pay taxes to support the college and university system. KSU and I’m sure other schools apparently do not verify US citizenship for those that do not admit to being foreign students.

Did Jessica attend KSU at any time on a HOPE scholarship?

Why did KSU legal staff provide support to Jessica in immigration matters? Is this standard procedure?

What changes do the Board of Regents intend to make to properly vette students who wish to have a GA taxpayer subsidized education?

James

May 14th, 2010
5:48 pm

@ Fry Em……….Actually, I am a tax payer. And you sir, are a moron! But I enjoy all the hate and anger that spews forth on this post. It warms my heart.

Fry 'Em!!!!

May 14th, 2010
5:48 pm

James, please put down the crack pipe. Please don’t pass it back to Sin-theeya for another hit. You’ve both had quite enough I would surmise.

Rick

May 14th, 2010
5:49 pm

Please contact our state university system officials to find out how they intend to stop illegal aliens from getting a state subsidized education. They have an email form at their website. Please Goggle it!

Atlanta Office
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:49 pm

The Board of Regents is not likely to provide the Hope Scholarship information on an individual. You will need to seek a Freedom of Information Act request for all hope scholarship recipients going to KSU most likely. I don’t know if that information would be kept at the University or the State Student Finance agency.

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:51 pm

Oh – and please go easy on my friends at the University System office and KSUs financial aid department. The employees there didn’t create the mess, they are just charged with carrying out the policies of the legislature and Board of Regents.

Fry 'Em!!!!

May 14th, 2010
5:52 pm

James, I would not qualify as a moron in this blog because I stand on the side of the law. You would be the moron as you have elected to support an action that is outside of the law….in other words, illegal. Now exactly what part of illegal do you not understand? Do you drive without a license? Do you commit crimes? If so, is that okay?

James

May 14th, 2010
5:54 pm

@Fry Em…Sorry don’ smoke crack. such a stereotypical response. wouldn’t expect anything less from you. You are making my day!!! Guess what? In the next 15-20 yrs, you pale faces will be the minority. How does that chap your hide????? LMAO Nope, not racist, just love taking a dig at one any chance I get!!!

police911

May 14th, 2010
5:56 pm

Cynthia:
Most of the bloggers don’t agree with your perspective pertaining to undocumented immigrants. It’s not even a close call based on the comments that I am reading . I am an African American and I totally disagree with your mind set. The backlash that is very well documented on this blog site should be intense for undocumented immigrants. The public should expect law enforcers to not have “selective enforcement” practices when it comes to undocumented immigrants. And this young lady should be deported and she should have to repay the out-of-state tuition charges that is owed to our university system. ANYTHING short of the aforementioned actions will be a travesty of justice to ALL of us who are trying to do right by society and the laws that we accept as a society. It is unfortunate that this young lady’s “parents” put her in this position but she had a choice when it came to driving (w/o a license, when it came to giving a correct address to the police, when it came to obtaining legal status, etc). You CANNOT BLAME all of this on the girl’s parents, or, the way that fellow Georgians/documented immigrants, and Americans are rallying against preferential treatment to this young lady. Jessica is part of the problem and she should be held accountable for her actions (PERIOD)!

Rick

May 14th, 2010
5:59 pm

You Asked

May 14th, 2010
5:46 pm
James – she will be a productive member of American society when she pays her full tuition, gets her student visa, completes her degree, completes her Law Degree, gets a work visa and lands a job as a Lawyer then applies for citizenship.

Until that time she will only be a potentially productive potential American citizen.

There are a lot of men and women from other countries including Mexico that are currently serving in our Armed forces, risking their butts overseas for the priveledge of citizenship who are a darn sight more deserving of the title “productive American citizen”.
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You are entirely correct about immigrants that are more deserving. Just what makes Jessica any more special than some kid in Zimbabwe who is starving to death? Are they any less deserving? They are certainly less well off and more in need!

Unfortunately, the US can not house, educate, and provide medical care for the poor on this planet. Statistically, their are “smarter” more “deserving” kids who can’t cross the border from Mexico to partake in the welfare state that the US has become.

Hopefully Georgia will not become a failed state like California and New York that are so liberal with entitlements that they teeter on the brink of bankruptcy.

JEM

May 14th, 2010
6:00 pm

James, in 15-20 years I will look forward to saying “What about me? Where’s mine?” Will the future majority still be for Affirmative Action?

crabapplejoe

May 14th, 2010
6:03 pm

@James: Yep, you are a racist based upon your comment (pale faces becoming the minority?). Its people like you that have helped to create the divide in the immigration debate that appears to be insurmountable at this point. And for your information “pale faces” have always been the minority in this old world (about 14% of the world’s population)…we just accomplish so much that it seems like we are the majority…..LOL

Painful Truth

May 14th, 2010
6:03 pm

“Guess what? In the next 15-20 yrs, you pale faces will be the minority. How does that chap your hide?????”

We will still be superior to you! :) :)

James

May 14th, 2010
6:04 pm

@JEM Maybe we’ll treat you the way we’ve been treated for so long. How would you like that? ;-)

James

May 14th, 2010
6:06 pm

@Painful Truth. Your comment shows your lack of superiority. Race does not determine superiority. And for you to insinuate that it does, shows your lack of intellect. That’s your problem, you think skin color makes you better. You people just continue proving my point!!!

JEM

May 14th, 2010
6:07 pm

@James Hopefully you’ll do a better job of running things than you did in the current countries where the minorities are the majority. I doubt it though.

JEM

May 14th, 2010
6:08 pm

James, the only one here proving they are a racist here is you. Troll.

Devildog

May 14th, 2010
6:09 pm

She violated the law. She’s welcome if she’s legal. She’s not. The U.S. can live without “students like her.” There are plenty of good students. Go to Mexico and try getting away with what she’s doing here. You’ll wind up in jail and no telling when you’ll get out.

James

May 14th, 2010
6:09 pm

@JEM, I won’t be running anything. Would never be a politician, I’m not crooked enough. And let’s not get started on the countries that are run by minorities, but only after Europeans and other white people came in and raped and ravaged the countries. Be more than happy to have a history discussion with you!!

We the People

May 14th, 2010
6:11 pm

To all you “Patriots” screaming “Deportation, Illegal Alien, etc.”

Patriots you are not! So focused on a college student when your own congressmen and senators(both Republican and Democrat) in Washington shudder at the thought of dealing with immigration because…….yes….some of your fellow “Patrtiots” hire illegal aliens to make more $$$ for themselves.

Why is the Cobb County Sheriffs office wasting local tax dollars on a federal issue?

I recommend that we,instead focus on Immigration reform that doesn’t result in a bunch of locally tax paid policemen chasing down people that look like they come from South America.

Secure the Borders – with military and drones; intiate immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for those that are agressively pursuing to better themselves like this student from Kennesaw State; include a process for application that could result in work visas or eventual citizenship; send the rest back

JEM

May 14th, 2010
6:11 pm

I suppose all of us evil, “pale face” white people are the cause of all of your problems.

Rick

May 14th, 2010
6:11 pm

For those bloggers that want to “reform” our immigration laws…aka “amnesty”, read about the costs to Social Security that pro-illegal alien advocates say will be “supported” by providing a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens.
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Rep. Lamar Smith: Amnesty Will Drain Social Security
Thursday, May 13, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

Rep. Lamar Smith
In an article published by Investor’s Business Daily, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) wrote that a mass amnesty will drain funds from Social Security despite claims by pro-amnesty supporters who say a mass amnesty will help Social Security over time.

Rep. Smith said that he talked with representatives at the Social Security Administration and asked them to calculate how much a low-skilled, illegal worker would contribute into the system and how much they would take out after retirement if they were offered an amnesty.

A single male illegal immigrant who works for very low wages and is now 25 years old will receive (at today’s value) $15,596 more in Social Security retirement benefits. A similar female illegal immigrant will receive $20,936 more in retirement benefits.

A married illegal immigrant couple in which one spouse works can expect $52,460 more. And a married illegal immigrant couple where both spouses work will receive $39,037 more.

Rep. Smith concludes that an amnesty for 5 million low-skilled workers would amount to a $500 billion cost to the Social Security fund.

Rep. Smith, who serves as the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, also discussed other ways that an amnesty would have a fiscal impact on the United States.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform has estimated that the total cost of K-12 education for illegal immigrant minors and the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants is nearly $29 billion a year.

And there are health care costs. If illegal immigrants are covered in the health care bill (there is not a strong verification mechanism to ensure they won’t get benefits), it will increase the bill’s costs by as much as $30 billion.

Then there are the human costs. Nearly 16 million Americans are out of work, and about 8 million jobs are held by illegal immigrants.
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Note that this estimate is for only 5 million illegal aliens to be “naturalized”. We have much more than 5 million illegal aliens and immigration based on “family” ties will allow another 40 million to enter the US over the next 3 decades. US citizens will be unable to bear the cost of granting another amnesty to illegal aliens currently in the country.

Tech Fan

May 14th, 2010
6:11 pm

OK, I read a couple dozen posts before someone ruined the conversation with the R word. When that word comes out, the logic and open discusson has ended. It’s a very tired word, which ends any possible progress, ironically.

bwheat

May 14th, 2010
6:12 pm

first question, had she had a valid drivers license all this would not be a issure. if she had not been driving without a license this would not be a issure. she broke the law. i beleave anyone in this country as illligally should not receive any taxpayer funder help, no free education, health care or any benifits. they should pay out of state fees for any taxpayer funded benifits.

crabapplejoe

May 14th, 2010
6:13 pm

I simply don’t understand why she didn’t walk over to the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services office near North Lake Mall and say “I want to be a U.S. citizen”….she probably would have walked out with her naturalization certificate that day….these Mexicans are just soooo lazy.

Derek

May 14th, 2010
6:14 pm

Ms Tucker; people should only recieve benefits of being a US Citizen and the rights thereof by LEGALLY immigrating into the U.S. Since this young lady broke many different laws frombeing here illegally, to lying on her forms as a LEGAL state resident and got the benefits from the lies. She then lied again and recieved benefits from them. All in the name of acquiring an education (AS A LAWYER, WHAT AN OXYMORON). Therefore she cheated another US citizen and Georgian of the possibility of their education, as well as other out of state residents, she took GA taxpayers and US taxpayers money to help pay for her ILLEGAL educational opportunities. Usually after committing a CRIME foreigners are deported, regardless of their STATUS. Sorry but ICE has wimped out to liberals like you, Thank you for cheating US citizens and residents of their rights, She should have applied for an F1 visa and done it the right way.

ressee

May 14th, 2010
6:18 pm

This can easily be solved. She needs to get pregnant and have her baby in Ga. Then she can stay and get welfare to boot!!

Painful Truth

May 14th, 2010
6:19 pm

@ James The demographics will change – the POWER won’t! :)

James

May 14th, 2010
6:21 pm

@JEM Nope not at all. Any problems I have are of my own doing. And as for evil, pale white face people……. I really have no problems with them as a whole, just the ignorant that think their skin color entitles them be master and commander of this world. As a matter of fact, when I get home, I am going to go in and kiss my evil, pale, white faced wife and half evil, pale, white faced son and not think about the ignorant racist morons on this post. None of this is in my control or yours. I just love communicating with people like you to remember that hatred does still exist in the world. I just hope that by the time my evil pale faced white boy grows up, it won’t be as bad!

James

May 14th, 2010
6:24 pm

@Painful Truth…….You’re right! The rich will continue to run things. Another fact you idiots fails to realize. The world is really based on class. the haves and the have notes. they just keep you idiots focused on the race and other dumb a$$ issues so they can continue to stay rich and run things. When the have nots finally get that and come together, regardless of color, then things will really change. Until then……………..keep on having your narrow minded views. You idiots will wake up one day!!!

Painful Truth

May 14th, 2010
6:24 pm

Even James admits his race isn’t good enough to marry.

stw

May 14th, 2010
6:25 pm

Cynthia: How about I buy you a ONE WAY ticket to Mexico….

Painful Truth

May 14th, 2010
6:26 pm

The day HAS come and the recession has only bolstered the Haves. The Have NOTS still loose. Looser James. :(

Sounds Fair to Me

May 14th, 2010
6:27 pm

frank
May 14th, 2010
5:29 pm
ok we will embrace her once she pays back the in state tuition discount she illegaly received, and all back property taxes for the free education she received.

She lives in Georgia. She ain’t commuting from Alabama, God bless her heart.

stw

May 14th, 2010
6:27 pm

JAMES: If you had contiued your education instead of being a drop-out then perhaps you might have something and feel differently.

Cal

May 14th, 2010
6:29 pm

Who says illegals take the jobs Americans don’t want? They’re lining up at Pro’s Ranch Market in Phoenix after 300 illegals were fired.

azfamily.com w/video

James

May 14th, 2010
6:31 pm

@Painful Truth……My race is more than good enough. Just thought I’d made a few white people angry by knocking up one of their women…..LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that is hilarious. And who said the day has come, you’ll know when it does.

@STW ……sorry but I have my bachelors!!!!

willr1

May 14th, 2010
6:33 pm

The issue is that she is illegal, her parents broke the law and now they must be penalized. You are forgetting that she spent your tax dollars on a free public education and probably health care at our expense. Now, she is getting a degree and will become a champion for many to continue to break the law, the US does not care. The fact is, she needs to be deported along with her family, then she could apply for a student visa and finish her schooling here legally.

James

May 14th, 2010
6:33 pm

@STW…………I do have something, a beautiful wife, family, 4 bedroom house, a job, and angry white people to antagonize. My life is PERFECT!!!!! God, I slay me…………. :-) :-) :-)

James

May 14th, 2010
6:35 pm

Ok, it’s been fun. you idiots have a magnificent weekend and I want to leave you with one parting shot……………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!”

God bless America, Land that I Love…………..Damn idiots!!!!! :-) :-) :-)

Painful Truth

May 14th, 2010
6:36 pm

@ James In the words of Aerosmith – Dream on, dream until your dreams come true …

Unfortunately James never awakes from his nightmare :(

Painful Truth

May 14th, 2010
6:38 pm

Scoot away cowardly James. Hi! to the trophy wife and kids :)

Rich

May 14th, 2010
6:38 pm

How do you get auto insurance without a drivers license?

Sounds Fair to Me

May 14th, 2010
6:39 pm

You Asked
May 14th, 2010
5:10 pm

“Leave your simple ways, and live. Walk in the way of understanding. He who corrects a mocker invites insult. He who reproves a wicked man invites abuse. Don’t reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you. Reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Instruct a wise man, and he will be still wiser. Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.” Proverbs 9: 6-9

Former Military Veteran/Immigrant

May 14th, 2010
6:39 pm

She broke the law and there is no doubt that she will become the poster child (at least for Georgia) for the broken immigration system that now engulfs our great country. What really perturbs me is how mean spirited and divisive this issue has become. We need to understand that this is a country of immigrants and that is what makes our great country that much greater. Let’s fix the system in a manner that befits the greatest nation on earth and be civil towards each but is it really possible especially in the South with it’s sordid history?? I hate to think we can’t move forward in a constructive fashion.

Painful Truth

May 14th, 2010
6:39 pm

James, you copy & paste so beautifully. Is that your only talent?

Squid Jones

May 14th, 2010
6:39 pm

Cynthia,you and all your commie friends stink!

Rich

May 14th, 2010
6:41 pm

Are her parents still here?

UO2

May 14th, 2010
6:41 pm

She was quoted today as saying “I never expected to get caught up in this “messed up” system.” hahahahahhaha. No, you just never expected to get CAUGHT period. Still laughing. Can’t breathe.

pffft

May 14th, 2010
6:41 pm

whats with all the stop the hate garbage. its about doing things legal. i cant even begin to count how many laws she broke in her 12 years here. nothing has been done right. even when she became a legal adult at the age of 18 did she correct the wrong her parents put her in. there is a right and a wrong way to do it. it is funny how those of us who immigrated someone legally here have to pay more, and go thru 100 times the hassle than those who do it illegally. where were the bleeding heart while my wifes visa took 12 months? where were they when i had to pay the thousands in fees? let her apply legally, back pay the 1/2 price tuition she illegally paid, and then she can stay and finish her degree. then she can apply to stay permanently. until then she is an illegal, a criminal and should be treated as such end of story. laws are laws, all of them. not just the ones you feel are really important. follow them or get out.

Painful Truth

May 14th, 2010
6:41 pm

“@STW ……sorry but I have my bachelors!!!!”

I am sure that degree is BS :)

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
6:42 pm

“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.” Romans 1: 21-22

Fry 'Em!!!!

May 14th, 2010
6:42 pm

James has issues…..very, very serious issues. Plainful, will our tax dollars be squandered to put pathetic vermin such as James in therapy? My guess is ‘yes’.

Rich

May 14th, 2010
6:43 pm

Former Military Veteran/Immigrant: It is a country of immigrants, legel immigrants. There is no country that lets everyone in without the legal process. Even Mexico.

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 14th, 2010
6:46 pm

The U.S. needs college students like Jessica Colotl
7:30 am May 14, 2010, by ctucker
——————————————

An American needs the seat at KSU that is currently being taken from them by an illegal alien.

A Dead Mexican

May 14th, 2010
6:48 pm

Every latino coming into the US illegally needs to be shot on site. Men, Women, and sorry to say….children!

They are not welcome here. Just good ol’ Blacks and Whites!

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
6:49 pm

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35

Rich

May 14th, 2010
6:53 pm

J.C.: I appreciate your beliefs, but if you went into a church and lived there 24/7 how long would it be that they have the police remove you?

Rich

May 14th, 2010
6:53 pm

Assuming you are here legally.

Tom Middleton

May 14th, 2010
6:56 pm

You Asked@4:19pm: Obeying the law isn’t being a wimp. I was wrong to delay my emissions test a week past the due date and the officer was within the law, even though I didn’t like his tactics.

But you said previously that you thought it was UNFAIR, Asked. And since you equated your situation with Jessica’s in your argument, I can only conclude that you think it was unfair with you and fair with Jessica. And you really want me to believe you understand the Golden Rule? If you were true to your belief that your situation was unfair, then you should be supporting Jessica, not siding with the law against her.

And please let me add that, like Jessica, our Founders were illegals once, and thank God they didn’t wimp out in their determination to do (be) what is right at all costs. Dude, we’d still be colonial British, and you’d still be arguing in favor of immoral law.

So why are you hiding your American spirit, Asked? Do you not even know where you are anymore? You should be praising Jessica for her courage to act more American than you, not trying to send her home to the end of some never-ending line!

Former Military Veteran/Immigrant

May 14th, 2010
6:57 pm

Rich: I did not really understand the logic behind your statement. For the record, I stated that she broke the law and that this is a serious issue that needs fixing. So what exactly is your statement based on? Let’s be logical here and use ethos versus pathos which in my humble opinion is a waste of oxygen for folks who have asthma, nothing like good old fashioned common sense will prove much more constructive. Wouldn’t you agree Rich?

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
6:59 pm

“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.” Luke 11:39

Algonquin j. Calhoun

May 14th, 2010
6:59 pm

Could we deport some of these idiot rednecks instead?

billybob

May 14th, 2010
7:01 pm

She should not be treated like a criminal. The only true US citizens are Native Americans. Everyone else was either taken to the US by force from Africa or emigrated to the US of their own accord. Most of the people wishing to deport people like Colotl are of Anglo origin and their ancestors took land by force when it was not rightfully theirs. Where was imigration control then?

Algonquin j. Calhoun

May 14th, 2010
7:02 pm

resno2 – Fair to who?

It’s whom numbnuts!

Rich

May 14th, 2010
7:03 pm

Former Military Veteran/Immigrant: Many people (not saying you) use the phase that we are a country of immigrants to validate the belief that we should allow illegal immigrants to stay and become citizens. That concept is only true if it is with the understanding that the country was build on legal immigrants. We have never let everyone in at will. I think that it is a very logical distinction.

Former Military Veteran/Immigrant

May 14th, 2010
7:07 pm

BillyBob, that was a very good point but it has been my experience that we cannot change folks attitudes hence all the malcontents and possible lawbreakers of a different sort on this forum. Not to mention the lack of education. I rarely ever check out these type of forums but I am completely shocked by the hateful language on here. This forum is probably more entertaining then constructive, must have been a bad week for lots of folks on this forum.

Rick

May 14th, 2010
7:08 pm

This is an account of AG Eric Holder testimony about the possibility of the federal government bringing a lawsuit against the new Arizona immigration bill.

After reading this, you will understand why the US is in “such a mess” as Jessica would say. I can not believe that Obama has appointed such a moron to be the US AG! This man has not even read the Arizona bill weeks after it was signed and yet he has been critical of a bill that was designed to mirror the federal law!

It is no wonder that are nations borders are not being secured with Eric Holder and the equally moronic Janet Napolitano. Really, how did these two get law degrees? Were these degrees ordered through the mail?

I’m sure that Cynthia will be able to come up with something brilliant to say about these two “dummycrats”!
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Attorney General Eric Holder Admits He Hasn’t Read Arizona Bill Friday, May 14, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has been more than critical of Arizona’s tough immigration enforcement bill SB1070, admitted yesterday before the House Judiciary Committee that he hasn’t actually read the bill and was basing his information off of news reports.

“I’ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what I’ve heard about the law. But I’m not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people are doing the review, exactly what my position is,” Mr. Holder told the House Judiciary Committee.

In previous comments about SB1070, Holder has called the bill unfortunate, questioned its constitutionality, and expressed concern over the possibility of it leading to racial profiling.

Rep. Ted Poe questioned Holder’s comments despite reading the bill.

“It’s hard for me to understand how you would have concerns about something being unconstitutional if you haven’t even read the law,” Rep. Poe said.

For more on this story, see the Washington Times.
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God help us!

billybob

May 14th, 2010
7:09 pm

‘There is nothing to fear except fear itself’

Rick

May 14th, 2010
7:10 pm

Note: in the post above about the Arizona immigration bill. The bill itself is less than 20 pages long and wouldn’t take more than half an hour to read.

Yet Eric Holder not only didn’t read it, but he has been making “official” public comments about the bill. We need a new AG.

Rick

May 14th, 2010
7:16 pm

Tom Middleton May 14th, 2010 6:56 pm

You stated, “And please let me add that, like Jessica, our Founders were illegals once, and thank God they didn’t wimp out in their determination to do (be) what is right at all costs.”
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Just where did you find the information that our Founders were “illegals”.

Please don’t tell me your one of the kooks that say the “indians” described them as “illegals”.

Look at 'em all!

May 14th, 2010
7:25 pm

The funniest part is all the hypocrites, the compassionate conservatives on the blog calling for her deportation. Guess you get to select those of Jesus’s teachings you want to follow, and those you don’t. So she is breaking the law? Jesus did too. Love thy neighbor……

Richie

May 14th, 2010
7:29 pm

Why does cynthia always take up the causes of the minority, whether they are in the right or wrong? A law is a law is a law, and the violations thereof must incur the specified penalty. Kind of cut and dried here, she broke several laws, hence she must accept the consequences spelled out in the law. Makes sense to me!

ken R

May 14th, 2010
7:33 pm

Cynthia, to say that she should stay because our country need more college grads is insane. We can’t find enough jobs for the ones that we have now.

Dee

May 14th, 2010
7:39 pm

“Colotl’s criminal lawyer, Chris Taylor, said she is innocent of all charges.” If she doesn’t have a driver’s license and is here illegally, then he is a blatant liar, period. And why can she afford a lawyer to defend her now, but didn’t (I assume) hire one to help her become a citizen? I think she has totally snubbed her nose at our laws, and I don’t appreciate it.

She wants to be an attorney in the US, but she’s already breaking our laws? Her legal career here is OVER anyway (or dang well better be). I have a nephew who was “accused” of cheating on a test and then couldn’t get into law school in spite of very good grades. If Cynthia is accepted to a law school after her criminal acts, there are going to be many citizens who were denied entrance for less — and they will have one heck of a law suit! How apropos!!

I do appreciate that Cynthia was brought here when she was only 10, and, in that, she had no choice. But she has had time to correct the problem (rather than lying). In fact, she may have had grounds for legal citizenship based on circumstances prior to the recent events. If she is allowed to stay because she has “friends” and has done well in school, then how can we deport anyone else who is here illegally? (Another law suit in the making?) Allowing her to stay will establish a very, very bad precedent.

Dee

May 14th, 2010
7:41 pm

She is illegal and should be deported. If I did the same thing in Mexico, i would be in a Mexican prison until they felt like releasing me.

By the way, what is this “messed up system” she’s referring to?
How is her arrest “messed up”?

Unbelievable.

LOLO

May 14th, 2010
7:41 pm

If she was so smart and so intent on heading to law school you would think she would at least have started the naturalization process or at least applied for a student visa or other temporary work visa. Because she did not even try it after so many years in higher education I have no sympathy.

LOLO

May 14th, 2010
7:43 pm

Agreed Richie

GJC

May 14th, 2010
7:47 pm

What part of illegal don’t you understand. Deport her immediately and send her an invoice for KSU and the cost of her education in Dekalb Co. schools.

I don’t want my tax dollars paying for an illegal immigrant’s education.

crabapplejoe

May 14th, 2010
8:02 pm

She should be executed…she’s had all these years just to apply for a student visa and she and her parents didn’t bother…all they had to do is fill out a form, and voila…student visa! Lazy Mexicans….just like the ones who put the roof on my house during the summer.

Tom Middleton

May 14th, 2010
8:04 pm

Rick@7:16pm: Just where did you find the information that our Founders were “illegals”.

The history books, Rick. They became illegals the moment they grew frustrated and revolted against their oppressors. That’s not too hard for you, is it? Maybe I can simplify it even further: There wouldn’t be an America if it was up to people like you.

It’s because of people like Jessica, her family, and supporters that we’re here. Your kind more closely represents the oppressive colonial mentality than anything our Founders did. They were all about freedom for all, yes? Think about it…

Christopher Columbus

May 14th, 2010
8:06 pm

Hell, just show up on the beach unannounced and take over.

That’s what my boys and I did.

The Cherokee Nation

May 14th, 2010
8:07 pm

Wish we’d had some “Arizona” type immigration law enforcement awhile back.

We learned.

sadf

May 14th, 2010
8:09 pm

ya that’s exactly what we need; illegal immigrants who lie to the police and drive without a license. CYNTHIA TUCKER, DIE IN A FIRE.

Typical

May 14th, 2010
8:15 pm

Now she says “I hope something positive comes out of this because we really need reform for this messed-up system.”
We???

wikkie

May 14th, 2010
8:18 pm

Such a loud out cry from all of you great american citizens. How many have picked up a day lworker that might have been illegal to do work at your house? How many live in houses that your brothe-in law built with illegals? How many of you have used illegals clean your house at a cheap rate? bille How many of you have used illegals as a nanny? How many illegals do you have working in your mom and pop businesses? You bet we are great americans talking out of both sides of your face. Get real most of you wanted them here for cheap labor. What has changed?

Biff Jones

May 14th, 2010
8:18 pm

If this had been a white illegal immigrant from Poland you would not hear a peep out of the racist left wing socialist AJC. Black and Brown is OK even if they break the law. White is evil.
More racism from the AJC. Yawn

Lisa Collins

May 14th, 2010
8:23 pm

Cynthia Tucker has got to be the illegitimate daughter of Hugo Chavez. Workers of the world unite!! Power to the People!! Blah Blah Blah. Stuff it Tucker your socialist diatribe is getting old.

Tom Middleton

May 14th, 2010
8:35 pm

Oh Lordy, it’s Friday night and the drunks are out in force. Forgive them, Cynthia. By morning, they won’t remember a stupid thing they said!

David Ryan

May 14th, 2010
8:56 pm

If they can afford it or if scholarships allow, the best and the brightest students can absolutely attend college in the US. Almost all of them can, whether they are from the US or abroad. The only thing they need is a visa. An F-visa to be precise. US embassies and consulates all over the world give out over 500,000 F-visas to non-US students each year (600,000 in 2007).

While I don’t think this student alone is a threat or burden to the U.S. I don’t like the fact that her parents (and now she) broke immigration law to get this education. It’s ill-gotten – and that feels wrong.

This is my first time reading this author’s take on immigration, and it seems like she’s got a passionate argument, just not a well reasoned one. The US wants the best and brightest to come to its universities and it has a process and means to have them enter and study in the US. And, since the time this young woman’s parents entered the country 10 years ago, over 5 million students have gotten visas to study legally in the US. They did it the right way.

Unfortunately, Jessica did not. I’m glad she’ll be allowed to graduate because the world will be a better place with another person holding a college degree. But I won’t feel sad if she is in fact deported because both she and her parents broke the law to get that degree and there should be consequences for that.

Fry 'Em!!!!

May 14th, 2010
9:03 pm

One last thought. Who invented automobiles? White people. Who invented the airplane? White people. Who invented the incandescent light bulb? White people. Who invented indoor plumbing? Italian (white) people. Who invented the atomic bomb to halt the WWII slaughter? White people. Who inventented the internet? White people. Who invented the cell phone? White people.
I could go on and on and on but please tell me what have the colored people invented? Name something…anything. Okay, here goes….drug dealing, pimping, rap music, basketball stars (arrested), football stars(arrested), golf stars (not arrested but part Asian so that’s okay), city crime, black-on-black crime (gangs), latino-on-latino crime (gangs)
and so on. So what have you clowns contributed? Nada. Nil. Zilch. Oh, I forgot….Africa has contributed AIDS to our society….ain’t it great?

Rick

May 14th, 2010
9:05 pm

Tom Middleton May 14th, 2010 8:04 pm

Rick@7:16pm: Just where did you find the information that our Founders were “illegals”.

The history books, Rick. They became illegals the moment they grew frustrated and revolted against their oppressors. That’s not too hard for you, is it? Maybe I can simplify it even further: There wouldn’t be an America if it was up to people like you.

It’s because of people like Jessica, her family, and supporters that we’re here. Your kind more closely represents the oppressive colonial mentality than anything our Founders did. They were all about freedom for all, yes? Think about it…
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You’re kidding…LOL…”They became illegals the moment they grew frustrated and revolted against their oppressors.”

Yeah, that right they were “illegals” once they grew “frustrated”.

Like Jessica just became an “illegal” because she just became “frustrated” and now she’s lashing out at her “opressors”!

Tell me you’re kidding! Yeah, you really know history and all the major players and their roles.

Peking Horn

May 14th, 2010
9:06 pm

Mira esta chica, es comun – aqui es ley, no sigo. Aqui es otro ley, no sigo. Aqui, alla, leyes…no los sigo. Soy Mexicana, termino explicacion.

wikkie

May 14th, 2010
9:11 pm

Fry ‘Em!!!! take a break before you blow up the few brains you have my brother is not that type of a fight. Take achill pill!

Howmuchpropertytaxdidyoupaylastyear

May 14th, 2010
9:23 pm

The King of England considered the Declaration of Independence to be illegal.

David

May 14th, 2010
10:04 pm

True racism is the idea that Mexican illegal aliens who lie and cheat should receive preference over a aspiring legal immigrant from Ireland, or from Niger, or from Kenya. Make no mistake, every time an illegal Mexican has an infant here, one less immigrant family from elsewhere loses their chance at the American dream.

Look at 'em all!

May 14th, 2010
10:21 pm

Fry ‘Em!!!!
May 14th, 2010
9:03 pm

Hey Bigot. How was tonight’s Klan rally? Did the rain keep attendance down? Don’t want soggy sheets.

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
10:30 pm

“Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow, nor ashed innocent blood in this place. For if you will indeed obey this word, then there shall enter the gates of this house kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their servants and their people.” Jeremiah 22:3-4

J.C.

May 14th, 2010
10:32 pm

“You must not oppress foreigners. You know what it’s like to be a foreigner, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.” Exodus 23:9

Me

May 14th, 2010
10:46 pm

She can possibly be exused for staying here illegally. She can’t possibly be excused for driving without a license or lying to the police. How many laws does she think she can break before she’s finally going to pay the price for doing so?

Bill Leslie

May 14th, 2010
11:00 pm

I think you mean that MEXICO needs college students like Jessica. Mexico needs smart hard working folks also and that’s where this illegal belongs. Mexico is the 12th largest GDP in the world and has more natural resources than the US. There are plenty of opportunities there and she should follow her dreams in her own country.

not a CT fan

May 14th, 2010
11:41 pm

All you people, including CT, who want this girl to remain in the U.S., continue with her studies, etc., pool your resources and sponsor her. That includes not only paying her tuition, but paying back what she stole. It also includes paying for her housing, food and clothes, court costs, lawyer fees. In other words, put your money where you mouth is.

Josh

May 14th, 2010
11:59 pm

The American Dream is for people who enter this country legally. This whole thing has become way too PC. Send her packing. I’ll even float the bus fare.

goldshop1

May 15th, 2010
12:26 am

The U.S. needs college students like Jessica Colotl deported. That sends a message around the world. If you immigrate to America it is better to do it legslly. By giving Colotl a cut in line in front of all the legal immigrants will only encourage others to break American law and sneak into the US illegally.

Kyle

May 15th, 2010
1:25 am

Jessica Cototl was in my jurisprudence class and disappeared about halfway through the semester. I figured she dropped the course, but I guess not. She was obviously mexican, but not obviously an immigrant. This whole thing is really pathetic… all these local politicians using her as a political prop to show their tea-party street creds, they make me want to puke. This area has serious perspective problems if it thinks deporting people like Jessica should be a priority. She was not a criminal. She was a classmate.

jim in Jackson

May 15th, 2010
1:42 am

Fryem, If you had a brain you would take it out and play with it. Go to the library and see what the
Muslim nations did centuries ago; and Indoor plumbing was invented by the Egyptians, who are black. Don’t try to look intelligent by making up facts; it makes you look twice as ignorant…….

Enslaved

May 15th, 2010
2:00 am

This woman broke the law, and so did her parents by bringing not only them, but their children here. The woman spacifically broke MANY laws, not just being here illegally. She got pulled over. She doesn’t have a driver’s license, and I assume she also didn’t have insurance, which she would need to legally drive. She is getting in-state tuition and is undocumented??? I was born not just in the US, but in Cobb County, and I would have to show proof I was born here, as well as have lived here for a certain length of time.

I feel for her that she was brought here and doesn’t have family in Mexico. But if she was an honest and truly intelligent individual, once she got old enough to take legal responsibility for herself, she should have done what needed to be done to gain legal status. Since she came with her parents, I am quite sure she wouldn’t have gotten into legal trouble had she done it once she wanted a driver’s license or turned 18.

The woman said illegal immigrants pay taxes on the news. However, if they are illegal, there is no number for them to pay under. It’s like in the movie “With Honors” when Robin Williams’ character says he paid taxes three times that week because there is a state, county, and city tax on wine…the judge told him that paying various taxes doesn’t make you a tax payer.

I hope they send every single illegal back to wherever they came from…it’s not to profile Mexicans. I think they need to send EVERY SINGLE illegal back to the country they are from; be it Mexico, France, Singapore, Antarctica, or wherever. People who don’t agree with doing something about illegals are blind to what can happen. Read your history books, and you’ll see why. You don’t see a whole lot of Native Americans, do you?

Kyle

May 15th, 2010
2:43 am

Get a grip Enslaved… just because someone is here illegally doesn’t mean they pay no taxes or tuition. There are millions of illegal immigrants in this country. You say you want to deport all the illegals and then turn around and warn that the trail of tears and the forced migration of all the native americans COULD happen… even as that is exactly what you suggest… a forced relocation of a massive group of people…

As mentioned before, I had a class with Jessica. She was just a regular classmate. The draconian local government here is the problem, not people like her. If it were safe for her to get a drivers license without getting deported for being “illegal” her whole life, then maybe this whole thing could have been avoided, there could be one more college graduate, and everybody could have won…

But that isn’t what the backwards redneck native country folk here want… they “want their country back”… whatever that means. I think those are just code words racists and jingoists use to find one another.

I’d rather have my country forward than back, and more college grads… illegal or not… moves society forward.

Josh

May 15th, 2010
3:02 am

Cut it out with all the race garbage. I’m American Indian and I agree that all indigenous peoples from Chile to Canada truly belong to this continent but at some point we need to set up borders and provide for our own. This isn’t a free-for-all. She is not documented in this country and that’s that. Illegals ruin opportunities for our citizens and individuals who want to become citizens the legal way.

Paul

May 15th, 2010
3:34 am

Deport her now.

sbpdl.com

Red

May 15th, 2010
6:19 am

Her ‘news conference’ was interesting;she stated she and her family were on ‘assistance’ and that she worked cleaning offices (apparently a JobAmericansWon’tDo).Did she report that income and pay taxes on it?
She could afford a car,dues for the Hispanic sorority and college tuition-how?

Hazel

May 15th, 2010
6:43 am

Watching her news conference, it was very sad to see how a bright girl brought up living a lie continues to do so. Shame on her family! They are at fault for teaching her that breaking the law is OK. And this is a slap in the face to all nationalities that come here the right way–with integrity and honesty. Those are the type of immigrants we need!

Ibnalnoor

May 15th, 2010
7:33 am

This seems like a rather poorly thought out and supported article. I am generally for Amnesty, my mother was not a U.S. citizen until two years ago. I am also against this young lady staying in the U.S. Can people not be for upholding the law and doing things the right way, without being racist? Above and beyond the fact that she was an illegal alien, she broke the law in several other ways. She did not have to drive without a license, just because she was an illegal alien and perhaps could not get a drivers license. Many, many people do not drive. I would also be curious about how she paid for her education. I do not believe we fund our schools well enough and that makes those funds precious. I applaud her for her effort, but that does not change the fact that she is taking recources from immigrants that came here legally and citizens. Overall, playing the race card seems a pretty cheap way to defend your stance. Why can a person not be pro-legal immigration, like my mother was, and anti-illegal immigration? Why does it have to be racial? It is a weak arguement that has to be defended with platitudes and not facts.

Lil' Barry Bailout

May 15th, 2010
7:46 am

76% of Atlantans say Cynthia Tucker is wrong according to a WSB-TV poll.

I guess that makes CT a Twenty-Four-Percenter.

volunteer26

May 15th, 2010
8:05 am

This law is just and fair. I agree that immigrants are what have made this country strong, and we should continue to welcome them with open arms, but do so by legal means. I can’t help but think of the number of outcries had she been found trying to detonate a homemade bomb in the back of her SUV, as opposed to being stopped on a traffic violation. Be careful what you ask for ACLU.

Problem Solved

May 15th, 2010
8:19 am

@ Kyle So you support your illiegal classmate who is obviously a habitual liar?

Are the good folks of Arizona also regarded, in your view, as racist rednecks? The majority of Americans are racist rednecks according to scholar Kyle!

I hope your mommy & daddy haven’t invested too much money in your education thus far as they are definely being robbed.

The problems south of the US border obviously far outweigh what is happening here in America. Kyle & his beloved classmate Jessica should move to Mexico and fix the injustice there instead of staying here in racist redneck America. Problem Solved!

liz Gom

May 15th, 2010
9:04 am

She is not a criminal, I know plenty of people that are US CITIZENS and they live out of the government. She worked hard nights in order to pay her education. Why do people keep saying she was taking us money?…. Do you not think that mexicans or any other hispanics will rather stay in their home country with their family? OF COURSE, but most of them can’t if they do then they run the risk of their children starving. I bet you that most illegal immigrants are here because they have to, not because they want to. They are looking for a better life for their children. THese people did not choose to be born in countries that are so corrupt. I think we need to give her a chance, she has been working so hard all her life to help her family out and make her mom proud. I think she is the first one in her family to go to college. I know the smartest illegal immigrants that are in highschool and will love to go to college, but now they are afraid. These people are the ones that should be given a chance. There are highschool students that are citizens and they drop out of school- I don’t understand this they have the opportunity that others dream for.

Problem Solved

May 15th, 2010
9:12 am

@ liz Gom … let me guess, your here ILLEGALLY as well. You, Jessica & Kyle please go fix the problems of Mexico. Best wishes. Buh bye.

Rick

May 15th, 2010
9:18 am

Lil’ Barry Bailout May 15th, 2010 7:46 am

76% of Atlantans say Cynthia Tucker is wrong according to a WSB-TV poll.

I guess that makes CT a Twenty-Four-Percenter.
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The WSB-TV poll was actually was stronger than about Jessica being deported.

76% thought she should be immediately deported.
8% thought she should be deported after finishing her studies.
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84% want her deported.

Only 16% wanted her to stay in the US. That 16% were her illegal buddies that went to the WSB-TV site to view her news conference.

Rick

May 15th, 2010
9:27 am

Don’t we expect our immigration laws to be fair?

If Jessica is allowed to become a naturalized citizen, shouldn’t all illegals who aren’t otherwise a criminal be allowed to become a naturalized citizen? That would only be fair, right?

Now consider all the foreign nationals that have waited to become US citizens, but they waited in the home countries to apply legally. They were not able to take advantage of the schools, hospitals, clean water, and entertainment available in our country! Is is fair that Jessica has been able to take advantage of all the the US provides (for her, it was relatively free) while other foreign nationals wait in their home countries?

Of course, it would be compassionate to allow Jessica to come into the US, but it would not be FAIR to those who wait in their home countries!

Does the US have the right to determine who and how many are allowed into our country? Of course the US has that right, we are a soverign nation and other countries also set their own immigration laws. Mexico, Jessica’s homeland handles illegal immigrants with exteme harshness!

Even if we wanted to allow all foreigners to enter the US, would that be good for the US and its citizens? Do we have enough schools, hospitals, roads,…, and space! Of course we don’t!

Jessica and all the rest of the illegal immigrants need to respect our laws and they do not! They believe they are above our laws and our laws do not apply to them.

Look at California, it has been overrun with illegal aliens and the state budget is suffering mightily. The governor just a few days ago has now conceded that California will have to alter its “welfare to work” program. That will deny needed services to US citizens who are poor and elderly all because the services provided to illegal aliens has become so encompassing that no other alternative exists.

Let’s hope that Georgia can learn from the mistakes of California and get the federal government to enforce our immigration laws!

SammyV

May 15th, 2010
9:40 am

Since when being in a country illegaly not a crime? If it’s not why do I need visas? If a sheriff gets criticized for doing his job what would happen if he decides not to do his job

UlyssestheSage

May 15th, 2010
10:22 am

So much hatred.. where is the love? He without sin, throw the first stone. He who created us calls no one “illegal”: the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world, and the people therein.As a nation of immigrants and laws, we should temper justice with mercy. Our country’s history is filled with animosity towards each wave of immigrants, but this wave of xenophobia must surely be the worst.Lets stop the nativistic bickering and face more pressing issues facing our world.

Babeyboomer

May 15th, 2010
10:43 am

Kayaker. Your ” I am also not sure what your definition of “racist” really is. If it is condeming this young lady’s illegal actions then count me in as a racist. If it is playing the tuition game and not paying her fair share for an education when I pay the full ride for my children, count me as a racist. If it is entering this country illegally and lying about her status to a law enforcement officer, count me as a racist. I don’t care if she is green with red stripes….” doesn’t make you a racist, but there are a lot of other things that would.

UlyssestheSage

May 15th, 2010
10:51 am

Folks, laws are man-made. Though they provide order to any social system, they must be subjected to ethical scrutiny. For instance, 60 years ago, to be black in the US meant that you were disenfranchised under Jim Crow laws. There is a need for CIR to secure our borders, ensure that employers of illegal labor are held accountable and upgrade our existing immigration laws. The lady in question may be a law-breaker, but her options may be limited due to the legal system in place.Lets stop being so judgemental and wonder what we would do if we were in her shoes.

J.C.

May 15th, 2010
10:53 am

“Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this. When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the alien, the fatherless and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the alien, the fatherless and the widow. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this.” – Deuteronomy 24:17-22

Randy

May 15th, 2010
11:59 am

U Sage- please provide us your address and leave your door open. We will only take what we need.

MB

May 15th, 2010
1:19 pm

I still want to know who is paying for her college education? I can’t afford to send my son to school… and my taxes are giving her a free ride??

Kurfco

May 15th, 2010
4:44 pm

There are smart, hard working people with hard luck stories all over the world. The US should encourage them to enter and contribute legally. However, we should enforce the letter of the law against illegal immigrants. Instilling fear through enforcement is what makes laws work. Making examples of people like Colotl sends a message to countless others that we are serious about enforcing our laws. Though we may never see its effects, this approach helps control illegal entry of those we really don’t want in our midst.

Has anyone noticed how many of those arrested in connection with the failed Times Square bombing are in the country illegally? This is what happens when no one believes there is any meaningful enforcement of our immigration laws. You can throw a dart and hit an illegal alien.

sandra007

May 15th, 2010
5:19 pm

Cynthia, once again you are off the mark. She lied to get into college, paying in-state tuition for all these years to boot. She had no driver’s license. She lied about her address – something her attorney called a “misunderstanding.” How do you not understand the question “where do you live, miss? what is your address?” I am sorry her parents placed her in this predicament, but we must remember it WAS her parents, not “the system,” that did so when they came her ILLEGALLY 10 years ago.

Gram

May 15th, 2010
5:21 pm

Cynthia: No, we do NOT need more people like Jessica here. She is here ILLEGALLY, isn’t paying the correct tuition, lied to police, and broke even more laws by driving without a license (and pretended that she didn’t know it was against the law, even though she is hoping to become a lawyer?)…what a great example, huh? Maybe she IS trying to better herself, but she needs to start by doing it the LEGAL way, not by breaking laws. If we ignore what she did, then we have to ignore ALL illegals. They have NO rights, and when they demonstrate and make demands, it ticks me off to no end.

Peter Griffith

May 15th, 2010
5:21 pm

This article presents the same muddle-headed mistakes in thinking that seem to be all the rage now with American journalists. The issue here is that Ms. Colotl is an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT who has clearly broken several laws (in addition to being an admitted illegal alien). The issue is not that she is Mexican or Latino, that she may be smart and bright, or that her “plight” evokes sympathy. We need immigration reform, and reform needs to begin with deporting people who are in the country illegally. Ms. Colatl should return to her country of origin, and go to the rear of the legal immigration line behind those who have already sought to come here legally. Ms. Colotl has had the substantial benefit of living in this country illegally for ten years. She should now use her education and everything she has learned to help her own country enter the 21st century. She has no right to be here, and her continued presence in our country makes an utter mockery of our laws. And Ms. Tucker: Please learn how to think clearly about important issues before writing.

jj

May 15th, 2010
5:23 pm

what does the illegal coloti bring to the table that the united states can not do without

Gram

May 15th, 2010
5:24 pm

Mexico has some of the MOST strict immigration laws. Can you imagine the hooplah if we adopted THEIR laws? Read them sometime…if we went to Mexico and demanded what illegals demand of us, we’d be locked up in a flat N.Y. second.

jj

May 15th, 2010
5:24 pm

ct – az has an ILLEGAL IMIGRATION LAW, not an imigration law

dw

May 15th, 2010
5:28 pm

Cynthia,

Do you realize that this individual, who is here illegally, is taking a spot that someone who is legally here should be having???

Dekalb Style

May 15th, 2010
5:39 pm

The republican racists in cobb county and around georgia need to back off and let her stay in the country.

TonyHD

May 15th, 2010
5:43 pm

@Ken comment on May 14th at 8:11 A.M.

That was SPOT ON!

Stander

May 15th, 2010
5:48 pm

Its called equality Cynthia, everyone gets treated the same by the governing rules. Its what we strive for, Justice is supposed to be blind to sympathic and unsympathetic cases alike. But you have your Party to think of, and they got their angle here, thats about the only thing you do seem to truly care about huh Cynthia?

Orange10

May 15th, 2010
6:09 pm

Well I see the illegal alien had a press conference in Dekalb County vice Gwinnett Co (where she suppossedly lives) or Cobb County where she was
detained. Could this be because Gwinnett County and Cobb County have active 287G programs and Dekalb County is somewhat lax in that department? Anyway, special recognition to MS Colotl on her new felony charge. I only hope our elected officials do the right thing and enforce the law, it’s not broken, just not enforced.

kevin Mckillop

May 15th, 2010
6:15 pm

The problem with this issue as I see it the laws of our country have been broken and all violaters should pay the price.Send her packing and let her fight for her rights in mexcio.They have the nerve to break our law and then say our laws should be changed.

Ric

May 15th, 2010
6:17 pm

Cry me a river. Break the law pay the price. What part of this do you not understand?

Joseph Cooke

May 15th, 2010
6:20 pm

Ms. Tucker,

Good point about her ability to speak English!

I understand that another group of illegal aliens…the ones that bombed us on 9/11…also spoke our language pretty well. Bravo!

Thank God for the “Republican Meatgrinders”…they seem to be all that protects us from the Leftists ,like yourself, who seem to want to build another “Underground Railroad” from Mexico to the U.S.

Joseph Cooke

May 15th, 2010
6:27 pm

BTW, I attempted to look up a specific comment that one of your readers said was “spot on”. It was supposed to be on the 14th, at 8:11, but it has been redacted.

Way to go!

Limiting opposing viewpoints is great for pushing your agenda! :-)

Unfortunately, it does nothing to advance the truth. :-(

Just out of curiousity, what color was the Kool-Aid that YOU drank?

stw

May 15th, 2010
6:29 pm

Has anybody ever seen Cynthia and Realistic Georgian in the same room together ? I thought not !!

The Unpolite One

May 15th, 2010
6:31 pm

“Underground Railroad” ahhh yes.. the good Ole South shall rise again huh? Seems we need that railroad with the hateful comments posted about this young lady.
Simple question, how many lost a meal because she attend a public school or college on scholarship? How many slept on the streets because she was striving to educate herself despite a broken system .. go back to mexico to who? and to where? GET OVER YOURSELVES Haters and look for positives because simply if you arent an NATIVE AMERICAN you are an immigrant yourself.. “take back our country” FROM WHOM?!?! Because it wasnt on the backs of your ancestors that built this country..

MS Coloti. CONTINUE TO PRESS! and Laugh at the naysayers.. for your enemies WILL BECOME YOUR FOOTSTOOLS! Step on Young Lady. STEP ON!
Hate NEVER Wins!

dawg

May 15th, 2010
6:32 pm

CT: Have you ever noticed that 90% of your readers think you’re an idiot??

JC

May 15th, 2010
6:33 pm

I just want to know what a ’striver’ is. I don’t think that is a word.

hsn

May 15th, 2010
6:36 pm

“Striver” means “one who strives”…!

liz Gom

May 15th, 2010
6:39 pm

@ problem solved
No I am not an illegal immigrant. I know more about Jessica than you do- I went to highschool with her and what you guys are saying about her is really sad. I can’t believe an adult can talk about someone like that. You guys need to grow up. BYE

liz Gom

May 15th, 2010
6:44 pm

@problem solved

You need to cool off. Take a deep breath and everything is going to be ok

stw

May 15th, 2010
6:53 pm

KYLE: If this country is so backward and archaic, please let me know what your ideal country is and I’ll buy you a one way ticket.

sam

May 15th, 2010
6:53 pm

I can’t believe people actually waste their time to comment on this crap article.

The Unpolite One

May 15th, 2010
6:54 pm

@fry em.. you need to ask Jessica how did she get into college .. because obviously you need some education. if you have no clue about what African Americans have contributed to this country.. get to know an elevator, that automatic gear shift, have you ever used a pencil sharpner, a fountain pen, a heating furnace, the AC, a comb, ironing board, or clothes dryer. how about a refrigerator?!?! YOU FOOL EDUCATE YOURSELF! Maybe with Jessica gone you can take her spot.. I could go on and on.. but Im sure your learning capacity has been reached.

Bob

May 15th, 2010
7:02 pm

Yes, this lady has so much potential. Glad she was able to get her MEXICAN driver’s license at 11, aid for college under false pretenses, and get into college without being a verified citizen of this country.

Sounds like potential for a CROOK. From what I have read else where, she had plans to just go back to Mexico after school. She would have had no intention what so EVER to repay any debts rendered under a possibly FALSE IDENTITY.

But the author would reply.. “Its not her fault!!111″ oh but it is.. she knowingly filed everything under false pretenses… why don’t you go and try to use your neighbors name for an auto loan. You’ll go to jail for that.

If you believe this woman’s B.S., I have a few Nigerian prince’s e-mails you can have.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

May 15th, 2010
7:06 pm

Again Cynthia, you are WRONG. We don’t NEED more law-breakers, PERIOD!

Michael

May 15th, 2010
7:07 pm

My immigration experience informs me that any one of Georgia’s members of the House of Representatives could introduce a resolution that would eventually be engrossed in the Senate and the issue would go away. House and Senate members scratch each others’ backs on this stuff routinely.

TheDuchess

May 15th, 2010
7:16 pm

Nobody needs to reply to Fry em-lol! Obviously Fry em doesn’t have access to Google. Idiot and white folks don’t want to claim him/her. More than likely a sadistic him though.

A Dead Mexican

May 15th, 2010
7:19 pm

As a Black man living in Atlanta I am disgusted with all of the Mexicans living in this city. That’s right! I am proud to say that THEY are not welcome in my city. The Blacks and Whites are learning to live together and race relations are better.

Good the heck out of my city!

Brenn

May 15th, 2010
7:22 pm

For those of you who wonder how Jessica paid for her school……don’t bother with the Board of Regents for the Chancellor’s office. There are a few secret Latino foundations in Atlanta that most likely pay KSU and Georgia State millions of dollars. These foundations provide full academic scholarships for ONLY ILLEGAL aliens. Catch: you MUST be ILLEGAL. The Board of Regents have no intentions of stopping illegals from attending the University system. My BIGGEST issue is that I am Deaf. Many Deaf students whose first primary language is American Sign Language (which is an entirely different language with its own unique syntax and structure), do NOT get the FUNDS needed for ESOL classes to ensure that they succeed and to be adequatley prepared for a post secondary education. In fact, only 2% percent complete college. Deaf students that graduate from high school read on a fourth grade level. They are UNDERemployed. If a Deaf person needs any type of “interpretation”, they will most likely have to travel from one side of the county to the other. If you are Mexican, you can go to ANY school and EXPECT an “interpreter” and an ESOL class to be provided. I have a hard time with the fact that Teachers of the Deaf are NOT required to be proficient in Sign Language. However, an ESOL teacher for Spanish kids better know Spanish! Or you will see the ACLU take action.

Fred Garvin

May 15th, 2010
7:25 pm

cynthia, how does an ‘illegal alien’ manage to enter an accredited institution of ‘higher learning’?? Maybe KSU needs to de-Obamasize itself and start admitting people who can not only speak Spanglish but also do half-decently on the SAT. Kick her back to her homeland along with every other person who’s not paying taxes here.

bigred

May 15th, 2010
7:25 pm

@RealisticGeorgian>Minor traffic charge?Rightwingers should show love not hate?First of all,do you know how many hard working AMERICAN’S have been the victim of an “illegal” driving while intoxicated or without a license or both?Do you know how many are actually caught and or arrested?My best friend was crippled for life by someone here in this country illegally driving WITH A LICENSE but was found to have 5 different licenses in his wallet.These people get involved in an accident and can run,be harbored by others and get another pay by the week cash car the next day!For the most part in Gwinnett County we have only gotten the criminal element that Mexico had to offer!They don’t want them back either!I have a lot of tolerence for others when they are trying to better themselves BUT in the proper way!WE HAVE LAWS IN PLACE FOR A REASON!The Constitution protects citizens of the United States!Every person in this Great country can trace their roots back to an immigrant in their family who came to this country for various reasons and from all over the world.BUT WHEN THEY DID,there was protocol and a laundry list of things that was required of a person to do before being sweared in as a citizen of the UNITED STATES and they were proud to do it and the country built by these people was strong and of good character!You have to be a citizen to vote and determine which people are elected to be our government leaders.I am all in favor of this person being allowed to get an education HERE as long as it is done LAWFULLY!She at the moment has got a slot that should go to someone who is a citizen!If someone sponsors her and she can come back to finish her education more power to her!BUT her parents,as well as all others are really responsible.Even if they are not very educated you know they have to understand that they KNOW THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY!!Cynthia hypothetically,if you KNEW you had a chance to go to college but was knocked out of the box by someone who you found out later was here illegally,how would you feel? NOT SOMEONE ELSE CYNTHIA,YOU!

bigred

May 15th, 2010
7:38 pm

IF what Brenn says is true and I have no reason to doubt it,I think that anyone “CAUGHT” taking money from any organization that is to pay only for “ILLEGALS” educations should have any “HOPE MONEY” suspended indefinitely until they can prove they have ceased this criminal activity!It is a disgrace that DEAF people are considered second class citizens to illegals!!!!

Paco

May 15th, 2010
7:55 pm

U.S.A., soon to be a footnote in the history books.

sam

May 15th, 2010
8:29 pm

ok, first of all, she’s an ILLEGAL ALIEN, not an undocumented alien. I’m a naturalized citizen and paid my dues to become a legal citizen of this great country.

todd

May 15th, 2010
8:30 pm

Cynthia has been insignificanrt for some time. Her “everybody’s a racist” prose is so 90’s.

Creamy Crack Jack

May 15th, 2010
8:35 pm

Cindy:

What is she was from Iran? Would that make a difference? Would you view her differently?

Questions

1. DId she pay out of state tuition?
2. Did she get a Hope scholarship?
3. DId she get a student loan?
4. Did she get a Basic Grant? which was intended to help our children succeed
5. Did she misrepresent her citizenship status and eligibility for assistance?
6. Did she pay significant social security taxes?
7. Why did her parents abandon their homeland?
8. Did she vote for Perdue, Chambliss, or Obama? Did she show identification at the polls?
9. If she couldn’t vote, would Cindy care about her immigration status?

We don’t have unlimited resources. We are broke and ‘getting broker’ every day.

People soon will not have money to line their birdcages with the AJC.

Creamy Crack Jack

May 15th, 2010
8:37 pm

Face it folks.

KSU is not exactly UGA. It’s like the 13th grade for illegals.

Proud of KSU

May 15th, 2010
8:42 pm

Sounds like KSU needs a new president.

Fred Garvin

May 15th, 2010
8:44 pm

most of the authors of the sports page for the ajc at least access their articles and comment on them contemporaneously with the comments coming in. I hope Cynthia throws her 2 cents in here.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

May 15th, 2010
8:48 pm

Cynthia, we understand the Democrats and Republicans can not enforce illegal immigration laws – they both target this group for votes. They also know we need as many as possible to pay taxes to keep the US out of foreclosure. Given our dire economic straits, most of these folks have split in search of greener pastures. It will interesting to watch the spin as our government basically begs these folks to come back, while at the same time trying to convince us they are enforcing the law. What a hoot. Cynthia, do you really believe this stuff you write, or do you just try to continuously infuriate people?

Proud of KSU

May 15th, 2010
8:48 pm

Where do her parents work?

Admission

May 15th, 2010
9:40 pm

Admitted to ksu, no checks on legal status???? They’ve got some tight admission standards up there!!!!! Easy to get in, don’t check anything, everyone gets a high grade!!!!!

The Unpolite One

May 15th, 2010
9:44 pm

Please stop the hysterics.. your red necks are showing.

James

May 15th, 2010
10:52 pm

Enter your comments here

James

May 15th, 2010
10:58 pm

I partially agree, clearly Miss Coloti did not ask to be brought here when she was 11, I also do not like local officials doing what is the Federal Govt’s job. The problem lies the millions of Jessica Coloti’s all over the world who apply legally to immigrate to the U.S. and spend years sweating out Visa lotteries trying to do it the proper way. I wish her good fortune. Great things have been happening in Mexico today 75% of Mexicans are middle class or better, the remaining 25% are poor or severly poor. With her bilingual skills she could make a nice life for herself in Mexico City, Veracruz, Acapulco. But she probably has been brainwashed like her anglo friends and enemies that Mexico is a poor dirty place.

not a CT fan

May 15th, 2010
11:39 pm

yep CT, we sure do need more college kids like Jessica Cototl. One who lies, cheats, and breaks the law to get aheadl Is that what you intend to teach your daughter?

Bob Wiley

May 16th, 2010
12:38 am

Leftists hate the fact that laws exist and must be applied to everyone equally. They believe that the law should be applied on a case by case basis. (Except for white, Christian males who should be automatically considered guilty of every law possible.) Modern liberals and leftists would make Martin Luther King, Jr. vomit. ALL they see is the color of your skin. Period. Character… irrelevant. Criminal… irrelevant. If they are illegal, and can suck up some tax payer benefits, then let them at it…. oh, and then they will cry, “We need to do more for the children.” Liberals will ruin this country if enough real Americans don’t stand up and set things straight. God willing, in two years we’ll rid ourselves of the Chicago sleaze in the White House and replace it with a man of integrity who will put the American ship back on a strong heading.

El Bag Of Crapo

May 16th, 2010
1:08 am

DEPORT THE BIOTCH

Larryg2

May 16th, 2010
8:03 am

What exactly is an “undocumented immigrant”? Nice euphemism for criminal, huh? They are indeed very well “documented” to have broken the law which, by definition, makes them ILLEGAL! If we don’t like the existing immigration laws, change them. Until that happens, you either abide by them or act illegally and become a criminal….period. “Undocumented immigrant” indeed!

thenightwitch

May 16th, 2010
10:10 am

As usual Cynthia you are playing the bleeding heart liberal. What do you not get about illegal? Laws are laws and they should not be broken. We can’t go to Mexico and go to school and live there thinking its okay, because I’m smart and I can’t do whatever I want. We would have been under the jail years ago. This country is the only one, that gives all the free loaders a free ride, no matter where you are from. I always think that the illegals in our schools, take away the chance for some fine young Black students from getting an education. We all have to follow the law what ever it is. This is not a society where some people are better than others or smarter, so it doesn’t matter if we make our own rules or that we break them. Rules pertain to all of us.

sjruss

May 16th, 2010
11:13 am

i think i’ll just stop paying my taxes. can i do that? i think those laws are so unfair. i am in the minority (or close) in this country – those who actually pay taxes. I feel harassed.

We are a country of laws … until we don’t want to be.

I think the young lady seems nice. I wish she had followed the law and come to this country legally. And don’t just enforce on her. Enforce vs. the businesses, big and small, who take advantage of illegals. And homeowners.

If we’re going to talk it, we need to walk it. I am pro-immigration! Per the rules. What am I missing?

Steve

pjcook

May 16th, 2010
11:57 am

I don’t necessarily agree that Miss Colotl should be deported, however, she shouldnt be congradulated or praised simply because she thinks that her passion for education should outweigh some questionable character flaws. She didn’t have a valid driver’s license which I would assume mean that she also didnt have insurance. What did she propose to do if she had been in a serious accident causing injury to another? Then, when she was booked, she gave false testimony as to her residence. It seems at the very least that Miss Colotl is of the opinion that if the greater good is served by her obtaining a college degree then we should excuse all of her other faults. When she became of age she had the oppportunity to do the right thing and seek counsel. I for one would have gladly welcomed her had she shown maturity in the thought process and decision making. Instead I wonder about what other flawed decisions she will make in the future with or without a degree.

cynthia por presidenti

May 16th, 2010
12:32 pm

Cynthia,
Don’t let the haters get you down. People of color don’t have to obey laws as long as the gringo masters of the world exist. In this world, if you see something you want, just take it ,by any means ncessary baby.
And you’re right about Latinos being the best and the brightest and we’ll treat the blacks nicer when we take over, we couldn’t do it without you

[...] Colotl’s, (the illegal immigrant student in trouble with the law) supporters, from the Atlanta Journal and Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker [...]

jenks

May 16th, 2010
4:21 pm

At what point would the laws of the US be enforced. She cannot become a lawyer or practice law with a felony. Entering the US illegally is a felony. So how exactly would she become a lawyer?
I understand her parents brought her here; so she has been along for the ride. But I also know amnesty was made available a number of years ago giving the first round of illegal immigrants the right to citizenship; why did they not take that opportunity?

As most colleges have a limit on accepting students is it possible that an American (tax-paying parents) student was not accepted giving her “this opportunity”.

Mexico in particular has demonstrated a culture of lawlessness; maybe it is her destiny to take her talents back to Mexico and make a change there.

dom youngross

May 16th, 2010
6:06 pm

Cynthia Tucker just laid another brick and threw mortar for the next three in her quest to wall herself up into journalistic oblivion.

Now the opportunistic tack being taken is that illegal immigrants supposedly are the ‘best and brightest’ among us. No, that’s not the story. The story here is as Arizona’s SB1070 spotlighted: How state or local law enforcement can concurrently catch illegal immigrants who make it/made it past the border — which action would be rapidly accelerated and increased with the spread of SB1070.

So now Georgia Tucker is trying to keep ahead of the big rolling ball like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Jones made it; it was the movies. Tucker will get squashed.

The ‘nativism’ she disparagingly refers to is the federal immigration law. The ‘ugly’ part is enforcement of that law. And most insidiously, the ‘best and brightest’ are those who break the law — and by proxy, those who support those who break the law.

See how that works? If you support Colotl’s illegality, her Tucker-bestowed ‘best and brightest’ status rubs off on you.

Far from suggesting AJC drop Tucker as a columnist, the AJC should keep Tucker online at least until SB1070 spreads officially — and give her a salary increase. Following President Obama’s initial and accidental immigration-enforcement leadership in getting Janet Napolitano out of Arizona, and Jan Brewer’s follow-up real leadership in signing SB1070, Tucker is doing the actual most to help SB1070 spread among the states so that federal immigration law is enforced — uniformly and concurrently — throughout the US.

It’s like watching the ball being lateralled in rugby where there is no forward pass, and more fun for watching, as players from the opposing team help advance the ball in the direction the law-abiding supermajority is pressing for.

“She [Colotl] wants to attend law school.”

No kidding. How absolutely priceless. In addition to all those ‘lazy’ US citizens who don’t want to pick vegetables, clean offices, and/or landscape, now we have all those US citizens who are too lazy or stupid to go to law school.

If anything about this situation further grabs President Obama’s misguided attention, yep, that would be it — an illegal immigrant being ‘denied’ the opportunity of law school by the very law that all law-school graduates should uphold after graduating and passing the bar exam. It’s the very same law that Obama swore to uphold and defend as president.

And here’s to hoping that President Obama does opportunistically latch on to Colotl’s sob story. That would make it even more likely that he goes the way of the pffffft bird in 2012. A pffffft bird flies in circles of ever-decreasing radius and increasing speed until finally — pffffft — it flies up it’s own behind and disappears.

If you want to join a criminal street or biker gang, you have to make some bones first — do some B&E, some robbery, maybe snuff a rival gang member. You know, prove yourself worthy.

Now, to get into law school, Tucker argues for the same deal on the part of ‘best and brightest’ applicants — do some B&E immigration-wise, then do some robbery — like driving without a license, getting public assistance, getting a public high school education and in-state college tuition fees, and getting ICE to deferredly bend over. With that on their application resume — particularly getting ICE to deferredly bend over — such applicants prove themselves to be foremost on the fast-track to snuff the immigration law even before admittance to law school.

And such appear as the best-and-brightest blips on Obama’s law-subverting radar screen — as monitored by remote-station Tucker.

Tucker to Obama, Tucker to Obama, over. Obama here, over. We have another friendly that came in from 6 o-clock, currently sited in Georgia, what do you advise, over. Roger that Tucker, keep pounding the talking points so we don’t have to handle it from here, Obama out.

Deport Colotl, and recoup the out-of-state tuition-fee differential and any associated fines/penalties racked up by Colotl’s illegality. No deferrment. Mexico has colleges, universities, and law schools. It’s up to those to accept transfer of whatever undergraduate credits Colotl accumulated to-date, and provide the subsequent educational means to Colotl’s law-school dream.

And it’s up to the Mexican government to rise above their illicit ‘anti-nativist’ best interest in keeping Mexican national Colotl stationed in the US to instead licitly smooth repatriation over for Colotl.

If only. If only President Obama could work to bring about the rule of overall law in Afghanistan as effectively as he contributed to bringing about the rule of immigration law in the US. Maybe the likewise key is for President Obama to get Karzai out of Afghanistan’s way — the same way he got Napolitano out of Arizona’s way.

Another if-only to ponder. If only there was one standard of conduct, from high to low, and there was no distinction between criminals based on education level — or the number of zeros before the decimal point in their annual salary, as with the best-and-brightest criminals on Wall St. For one, that would make for a lot of unemployed journalists. And that points out how the real unemployment problem we have is that the wrong 10% are unemployed, across all public or private occupational sectors.

sandy

May 16th, 2010
7:06 pm

Dear Cynthia Tucker. I read the first paragraph of your article and it was enough. There are millions and millions of people around the world who wants to come to this country for bright future. Yet many of them get denied in Embassy.There are millions of workers and student around the world who come here for bright future every year. When the international student land in this country, they are told to follow rules, rules like not working outside without the permit, must take more than 12 credits a semester and a student must maintain a good GPA. If these rules are violated the same University is the one one inform immigration center and terminate the student visa. There are many hard working international student who became out of status due to strict rules. What i don’t understand is if this girl without a paper work is given chance and you think she is the type of girl needed for this country, what about the people who come here with paper work and work so hard to maintain their status. Isn’t it a double standard? I think it is racist to use the race card to go away from the crime. Can you also stand up for all the other international people asking government to ease the rules are regulations? Can you do that? You are the type of person who only see one part, but you fail to realize and disregard completely the law abiding immigrants. If rules are only made to immigrants who come here with paper work, then it is wrong. I must remind you about the immigration rules around the world. Every country have very tough immigration rules. If you want the hard working Mexicans immigrants to give chance, that you must give chance to millions of other immigrants who wants to come through air.

rip

May 16th, 2010
9:25 pm

She needs to go to Mexico, thats where her father is. If she had a wreck what whould she do? Did she accept any aid or grants to go to college? Got a loan? Did she have insurance on her car? Who paid for her Bilingual education when she was snuck in? Who paid for her health care? Did her mom and dad get assistance from the state? Will she pay it back when she is in Mexico? Hard questions and there are lots more of them that are being ignored. This is a white wash job and a sham, let her graduate and take her self to Mexico.

FEDUP

May 17th, 2010
12:07 am

ARREST AND DEPORT HER, HER PARENTS AND ALL ILLEGALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jason B

May 17th, 2010
1:56 am

“If they learned to speak English.” Saying that a person needs to adapt to our ways is a sign of racism. Being a Pulitzer Prize winner, I bet you wrote this without given it enough thought.

Senor Sanchez

May 17th, 2010
7:28 am

Hello? Article on teens not able to find jobs next to an article about an ILLEGAL immigrant. See a connection? Oh, an illegal who is driving without a license and getting in state tuition when KSU’s policy is that illegals pay out of state tuition. Some policy huh?
She wants to be a lawyer. Just what we need, another lawyer who is flaunts the law. And to all her classmates who want her to stay, wait till you’re out of college and looking for a job, then you will understand. Illegals do the jobs nobody wants?? Baloney, they do the jobs for less than we would otherwise have to pay. 15 million folks out of work and approximately the same number of illegals. If Iran was on our border instead of Mexico the tune would change and you would not hear a peep from the Catholic Church.

oldmanrick

May 17th, 2010
7:47 am

To the rev al. you are the best friend of getting rid of your kind. You preach that some white person is going to do something bad to you,, so you had better do it first. You are the biggest racist person in this state. You blame everything that happpenss to a non white on the opression that was caused years ago on some blacks. What you do not preach is the do what is right abd do not break the law. The laws of this country has not got a color of skin attached to them. It says if you break the law, you do the time. Nothing about race there. If that girl broke the law, she should pay the piper for her crimes. I do not see you going to Mexico fighting for american rights when someone goes to jail over there for the same offence. Get off your soap box and go out there and preach to your crowd to not break the laws and get off the corners selling drugs and go to work helping someone. Take care of the crimes your people do and do not wory about the law breakers from other countries, let our laws take care of them. You oppress yor people everytime you open your mouth, you tell them that they deserver to recieve something for nothing and if they do get it, take it. Deport the lawbreaker and make sure she can never take the barr exame in this country.

Cynthia is Sexy!!

May 17th, 2010
8:55 am

Buy here a one way ticket to Tijuana.

Vince Calhoun

May 17th, 2010
10:43 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 anchor babies with them! ” Quote servo 05172010

Jamal S

May 17th, 2010
11:36 am

the racist sheriff in cobb county needs to be fired. He hates hispanics and is just using all this to get publicity for his reelection campaign. The voters will not put up with him much longer.

PixiePundit

May 17th, 2010
11:45 am

Dear Cynthia Tucker,

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RACE,. Stop trying to make everything under the sun racially motivated.

This is about LEGAL and ILLEGAL.

Rob T.

May 17th, 2010
2:30 pm

You forgot to mention that she was arrested because she was driving without a license and then arrested again because she put the wrong address on the paperwork which (lying to a law enforcement officer) is a felony. It’s not like she’s a victim of racial profiling. She broke the law. Twice.

No More Incumbents

May 17th, 2010
2:40 pm

Sadly every deception she made was INTENTIONAL. She intentionally drove a car without a license. She intentionally drove a car with false registration information. She intentionally provided a false address to the police. She intentionally registered as an in-state student. She intentionally paid in-state student fees knowing her fellow illegal students were paying out of state tuition.
We will never know which deserving potential student lost out on a chance for an education at this school because of Jessica .

Creamy Snack, Crack, and Pop

May 17th, 2010
2:49 pm

Hey, Creamy Jack Crack:

You make a good point. But what if we replace “she” with “he” in all of your questions. I wonder, how would people respond to that scenario? Somehow, I think there would be a more harsh reaction.

Creamy Snack, Crack, and Pop

May 17th, 2010
2:52 pm

Better yet, lets make the he, a young Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Boy, talk about people going ballistic. Need I say more.

michelle moriarty

May 17th, 2010
4:02 pm

I wonder if this Columnist, Cynthia Tucker ever had to hold a working class job. I’m guessing no, she doesn’t know what she is talking about, about how we have to grant amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants, and we should not only give away our few jobs, but we should also give them our childrens seats at taxpayer funded colleges. Pull your head out Cynthia.

Michelle A. Munoz

May 17th, 2010
4:22 pm

I’m so tired of you people saying one thing and meaning another!!!! Ms. Tucker has a valid point–many of you have come out and said “They need to learn English and acclamate themselves to our society”. Now we have this young girl raised in this country since she was a small child who aspires to have a career as an attorney willing to work and pay for her education–even though she did receive some scholarship money on her own merits–but that’s not good enough for you. No she’s still an ILLEGAL and that’s all that matters. Not a drug dealing gang banging murder but just a young girl of the HISPANIC RACE.

As for breaking the law by driving without a license…l unfortunately know more than 10 people who are currently US citizens, residents of Georgia, driving without a license because they don’t want to pay their tickets or can’t get insurance and I’m sure you all know someone like that too!!!!!

Michelle A. Munoz

May 17th, 2010
4:26 pm

Oh and one more thing……how come Cobb County can afford to waste TAXPAYER funds on arresting this young lady again which means additional court costs again paid by the TAXPAYER funds when the Cobb County School System is having to close schools and cut teachers and staff. ICE is not going to deport her no matter what you do because she is not an immediate threat to Homeland Security.

PixiePundit

May 17th, 2010
4:54 pm

Race race race… Nice use of the Alinsky rulebook.

She is accused of a FELONY. Hello? Bueller?

Federale

May 17th, 2010
6:41 pm

A country she barely knows? How did she get a Mexican driver license if she has not been back there quite frequently and have an address where it is mailed to? Liberals are such liars.

K

May 17th, 2010
8:01 pm

This girl didn’t jump the border as an adult–she came because her parents took her to the United States. Do you really think she had a choice in the matter? Do you think she even really understood at the time what happened?

Have you ever been to Mexico, Lionshoter? I was a student there and I actually had a problem with my (legal) visa that rendered me “illegal” for a short period of time. It was my fault. Did I end up in jail? No. Mexican authorities allowed me to stay in Mexico until my immigration was settled and cleared up. I’m from the Midwest (US), by the way, with no Mexican heritage or family.

I know of Americans who have lied to Mexican authorities about their visa status because they wanted to retire without the hassle. I know Americans who “lost” their entry/exit papers, and all Mexican immi did at the airport was give them a fine (that was seriously around $30) and send them on their way. In fact, there’s entire “American” towns filled with American retirees who don’t speak Spanish, who work without papers and who refuse to acknowledge Mexican culture.

Why are we being so evil? All of you are going to forget this even happened a month from now, but this decision will have a profound (positive or negative)impact on Jessica FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.

bigred

May 17th, 2010
8:27 pm

@Michelle A Munoz>Taxpayers don’t mind paying for things that are necessary and one of those things we don’t mind paying for is prosecuting in the courts someone who flaunts the laws of this country and drives without a license and undoubtedly without insurance as well and then compounding those with a felony of lying about her address.YEAH!SHE WILL MAKE A GREAT ATTORNEY!Hey,did you hear the one about the bus full of lawyers that went over a cliff and everyone on board ?Yeah it was a shame too cause there was an empty seat!!!Of course,when you need one,you might as well get one that knows all the laws cause they broke them all>Actually,if convicted she will then be a felon making it impossible for her to become a lawyer>Unless she lies about that too!!!

dangeo

May 17th, 2010
11:18 pm

Thank you, Cynthia, for the courage to take a stand in the middle of this lunatic fringe.

I hope one day we will have just laws that don’t force so many to hide in the shadows, unable to ask police or others for help.

Ev Howe

May 17th, 2010
11:35 pm

Thank-you Cynthia for another great column about immigration and hate. Just read the responses to you editorial, pure prejudice, how sad. Jessica is the product of 8 years of working hard to excel in Georgia schools, of her mom paying rent thus paying as much for her education as the US citizen paying rent next door, most of secondary school costs are paid with property taxes. When you pay rent, you pay property taxes. We all have an investment in Jessica, keep compassion and love thy neighbor, we should not deport her ever, provide a path to citizenship by academic excellence and/or military service, like the DREAM Act provides. Love thy neighbor as god has love you!

ual

May 18th, 2010
3:50 am

WAKE UP CYNTHIA……..after I have read your article about Jessica Colotl, I don’t see any valid points in your argument/opinion; just like majority of the readers looking at it the same way……..that she should be DEPORTED !!!! NO DOUBT ABOUT IT !

RedneckVille

May 18th, 2010
7:37 am

The rednecks, minority haters in cobb county are at it again—just like back in the 90s with the olympics—-they never learn up there. Keep on hating people who aren’t white!!!!!!

Ryan

May 18th, 2010
9:07 am

Cynthia I have an idea. Read the bill and then you can decide if you’re against it or not. It’s embarassing for the president that his AG has threatened a lawsuit over the AZ law when he’s admitted he hasn’t read it or even fully understands it. Holder is gone by the end of the year. Too many gaffes.

David Messner

May 18th, 2010
9:34 am

God bless you, Ms. Tucker, for writing this column. I agree completely with what you wrote. Those unable to understand and share what we have been given in this country miss so much in terms of the rewards of generosity.

sandy

May 18th, 2010
1:09 pm

David, being immigrant myself who came in student Visa, what makes you think that rules only apply to people who come here in paper work? If she is getting free pass, because she is in college, it don’t make sense to the international student who come here with series of paper work and interview in the Embassy. I think people who support Jessica are the one who have no idea the rules that apply to international student. If international student are the one to violate rules, by working out campus without work permit, taking less than 12 credits per semester and not maintaining good GPA, the same University will inform the INS and terminate the student visa. How was she able to pay in state tuition fees?
If people want to reward, reward the people who come here in paper work, those people are also hard working like illegal immigrants. At least we follow rules are regulations.
People who try to divert into race are racist. I think these people might think it is easy to go around the world without visa, next time when you go around the world, and if people ask for your ID and Visa, scream for racism.
It is clearly a double standard. There are millions of people around the world who wants to come here to make bright future, it is not only Mexicans, are you going to make the air free for those people? They are also hard working people.
People who go to history saying this country is made of immigrants are foolish. In the back when there were no laws, people moved from one place to another place easily because there were no rules. Now in this modern world, time have changed, every country have immigration rules. At least this country is extremely easy for illegal immigrants. If it was Australia, Japan or any European country they will deport.

LA screenwriter

May 18th, 2010
4:09 pm

Once again, Cynthia Tucker does her best to create an illusion. She shouldn’t be writing commentary pieces, she should be writing FANTASY FICTION books since that’s what she excels at. I love that she writes (quote): “Following a routine traffic stop on campus in late March, Colotl was arrested”, but FAILS to mention that she was stopped for driving without a license. Gee, how many of you would like to be could in an accident with an illegal carrying no license? She also FAILS to mention that Colotl was ultimately taken into custody for LYING to the police and for PURPOSEFULLY giving misleading statements, to throw them off.

I also love Tucker’s assertion that we’re failing to see Colotl’s future potential in our society. Well, given that her big dream was to be a lawyer — and given that we currently have in the United States approximately 1 lawyer/person with a law degree for every 200 people — I highly doubt she was going to be THAT productive. Frankly, we’re a little overstocked on lawyers right now.

Of course, that does bring up the most LAUGHABLE thing about Tucker’s article, and her desperate need to look the other way in order to promote her political beliefs. Tell me, Ms. Tucker, just WHY would we celebrate Ms. Colotl and her “dream” to be a lawyer? Gee, that’s just what America needs. We need more lawyers who think they are ABOVE the laws of the land and don’t have to actually obey them.

PixiePundit

May 18th, 2010
6:10 pm

@Sandy and LA Screenwriter: I applaud both of you!

bim

May 19th, 2010
12:28 am

“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 wertrivers and achievers……”

The article author forgot the most important thing we seek of legal immigrants: Good Moral Character. Try to get a copy of a citizenship application. You will find out that Ms. Coltil is far from what we seek of immigrants.

We let go of a lot of PhDs and scientists because they cannot get greencards in a timely manner (they came here legally) or they have left voluntarily not wanting to violate any American Law. So don’t even think that since she will get a college degree, that she speaks english,thats more than enough to legalize her. Nope. She has to go through the legal channel as how many great immigrants in the past and current have gone through, do physical/medical/vaccinations, pass background and criminal checks, not a public burden, etc ..and demonstrate GOOD MORAL CHARACTER (she flunked this one big time!!)

bim

May 19th, 2010
12:56 am

I was just reading the previous post of SANDY, an international student. I encourage everyone, including the article author, to read that post. That’s how international students struggle to come and legally stay here. In the case of Ms.Colotl who was brought here at age 11, did she ever make any effort to atleast adjust her status? Did she ever filed even a single immigration form or have brought her case before her school’s international office?

BTW, everyone seems to suggest an outstanding student being deported. What’s her record on community service, GPA, etc ? I am asking because these are usual arguments in immigration cases. Lastly, please dont even think this is a RACE issue, I am also an immigrant.

Tim Perren

May 19th, 2010
12:23 pm

What we need are more students like her that get into college the legal way. There are numerous students in our university system that are here on student visas that they actually had to go through a legal process to obtain. Do you think that is fair for them? I think not! I guess we should just open our borders to all people so that they don’t get offended when we say they have to obey the laws of our nation. We might as well.

Tim Perren

May 19th, 2010
12:28 pm

@ David. Just because other nations don’t have it as good as we do doesn’t mean we should ignore law. Right on, Sandy!

I read obama care & the imagration bill

May 20th, 2010
7:34 am

why did you block me out of all of your baited issues?

Mexican-American

May 20th, 2010
10:30 am

I am a Mexican-American that is in complete disagreement with illegal immigration. I am a single mother, a full time employee, and a full time student. I get NOTHING from the government! When I say NOTHING, I mean NOT A DAMN THING from the government. I think it is totally wrong that this girl was allowed to stay at KSU, and me being legal, I had to jump through hoops just to get a grant to go to college. Why should she be any different or special? She’s illegal POINT BLANK…END OF DISCUSSION! All that crap being said that she was brought here by her parents… that’s a bunch of bs. You are 21 yrs of age, When you turned 18, you should’ve turned around and went back to Mexico! Please save all your BS for someone else… To KSU: Very sad you let these people have the same benefits as us CITIZENS.

James B.

May 20th, 2010
11:16 am

The LAST thing our country needs are people like this woman. Period. Beyond what I think personally, it is a slap in the face to ANYONE who came here legally and jumped through hoops to become an American citizen. Hate to break this to you, Ms. Tucker, but wanting to be an American citizen doesn’t count for anything when you’re willing to lie, cheat and steal your way across America. If you want to blame ANYONE, then blame her parents and the miserable third world country they left, because that is where the blame begins. Then I blame corporations for wanting cheap labor, and I blame racists like you for wanting ignorant votes. The whole world knows you hate the current demographics of America, Ms. Tucker; good luck in changing them! :)

*Lia*

May 20th, 2010
12:09 pm

HOW IGNORANT CAN PEOPLE BE?

THE U.S IS FULL OF IMMIGRANTS!!!!
IRISH
AFRICANS
ITALIANS
HISPANICS
JEWISH
GERMANS
CHINESE
JAPANES
JUST TO NAME A FEW!!!

The U.S would not be what it is now without immigrants!!!
WHO SAID UNITED STATES BELONGS TO WHITES ANYWAYS????

RECHECK YOUR FACTS PEOPLE!!!!!!

bim

May 20th, 2010
1:03 pm

LIA: Check your facts, nobody is saying the U.S. is for whites only. True we are a nation of immigrants, of LEGAL IMMIGRANTS (myself included). They came through the Elis Island and other ports-of-entry.
[ Now don't bring on that Native Indian thing.. or I'll bring on land bridges migration, Noah's descendants or Tower Of Babel immigrants... just kidding!!! :-]

Merleliz

May 20th, 2010
8:07 pm

So, according to your article, if I have “potential” I can ignore any laws I choose because they are inconvenient and therefore shouldn’t apply to me?

In the country illegally, okay, not her fault…but still here illegally.

No drivers license…now that would get me sent to jail and I was born here…why should she have rights and priveleges denied to me?

Lied to the police…again, that would have a warrant issued for my arrest, why should she be different?

When we start cherry picking what laws we will and will not enforce, what laws we will and will not obey; we are a lawless nation. We are travelling down a very slippery slope with this issue.

How do you justify ignoring the laws of this country? Who decides who does and does not have to obey them?

Joe Mikus

May 21st, 2010
10:22 am

Please read the official letter from KSU at KSU. She received most of her education there for FREE! No DL? She wants to be a lawyer? Look no further than Camden NJ I am a white male citizen and given the choice, I would prefer she pay back the stolen (thef by deception) money to help the LEGAL students of Camden.

Joe Mikus

May 21st, 2010
10:35 am

YOU REALLY HAVE TO READ THAT LETTER! Opinions are like A……S, everybody has one. PLEASE, PLEASE, read that letter and if you do maybe you will adjust your comments.

John

May 23rd, 2010
4:12 pm

This article lost all of its credibility when it stated “Arizona’s ugly immigration law — which, according to polls, is supported by a majority of Americans”. All the research I did indicates at least 61% of Americans praise Arizona’s new immigration law. That 61% of Americans includes Demarcates, Republicans and independents.

Jessica Colotl should be given a deferment equal to the amount of time it takes to serve the minimum sentence for each law she broke to remain in this country undetected for the past eleven years. After completing her prison requirements deportation would be next and she can go through the proper channels and return for completion of her education if immigration laws don’t prohibit a person with her criminal record to enter the country.

Ken345

May 24th, 2010
11:39 am

I think this reporter is out of touch. My wife is a legal immigrant to this country and she is more outraged about illegal immigrants than I am. There is a legal path to come here, it’s a lot of trouble, costs time and money but if you don’t follow it then you are breaking the law. People are outraged about the lawlessness of the illegal immigrants who flaunt the system and thumb their noses at the USA our laws and customs, they are not outraged that people from other countries come here, just that so many do it illegally. They are also outraged that most of the illegal immigrants don’t want to blend into the melting pot that is our tradition but want our society to cater to their every whim and need in their own language. Georgia is doing everything right by turning illegal immigrants over to ICE for processing and the change to the law in Arizona allowing their law enforcement to help out ICE is also a step in the right direction. This young student came here illegally through no fault of her own. She apparently committed a minor traffic offense which got her stopped, she didn’t have a license since she knew she couldn’t do it legally. We are already up to three offenses before she lied about her address and then apparently she lied about her citizenship status to even be admitted to the school and she says she had hoped to become a lawyer? How would she have ever been able to take a bar exam as an illegal immigrant? The fraudulent enrollment in school is already enough to kick her out of the country, but she is a habitual liar and habitual law breaker. Send her back to Mexico and let her get her degree there.

Doesn't Add Up

June 1st, 2010
4:57 pm

As “one of the brighter and smarter” people we need to come to the USA. What is so smart and bright about:

1. Knowing and then staying in the USA illegally.
2. Giving false information, i.e. lied to the police.
3. Driving illegally.

Is this what we consider the best and brightest? Is this someone we want our children to look up to? What if while driving illegally, she had killed someone or maimed them with permanent disability?

Would we be saying the same thing? Just doesn’t add up to me.

eml

June 2nd, 2010
12:32 pm

Have been searching on an update on this and can’t find anything.

So where any charges filed against her for driving without a license and being uninsured?

If that had happened to me, my butt would be in jail or at the very least having to pay a huge fine.

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