ICE releases illegal KSU student
by Kathryn Dobies
kdobies@mdjonline.com
May 08, 2010 12:00 AM | 6442 views | 69 69 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENNESAW - Jessica Colotl, 21, an illegal immigrant enrolled at Kennesaw State University, was released on Wednesday from the Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden, Ala., and granted a deferred action for one year to return to her studies at the university.

In a statement released Friday, KSU officials said that according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the deferral was an act of discretion by ICE and in no way changes Colotl's status as an illegal immigrant.

"According to the deferral letter from ICE, Ms. Colotl remains an 'alien illegally or unlawfully within the U.S.' and would be subject to removal proceedings if the conditions of her deferral are not met," according to the statement e-mailed to the Journal by Fraces Harrison, the university's director of communications.

Dr. Dan Papp, president of the university, is quoted in the release as saying, "This is great news for Ms. Colotl, her family and friends and for the KSU community. We are especially thrilled she will be allowed to continue her studies here at KSU. We would also like to thank everyone who was involved, both on campus and within the larger community, in helping Ms. Colotl."

The university was actively trying to help Colotl while she was jailed. The university's lawyer reached out to a former Consul General of Mexico's consulate in Atlanta to offer assistance, and the top student affairs officer inquired with the national president of Colotl's Latina sorority about how the school could help.

School officials have not determined when Colotl will return to classes on campus.

Colotl was stopped for a traffic violation on KSU's campus on March 29 and cited for impeding the flow of traffic. She was arrested the following day when she could not present a valid driver's license.

She was driving a gold Honda Accord registered in Georgia. It is not clear who owns the vehicle or whether Colotl was an insured driver of it.

Colotl was taken to Cobb County Jail, and then turned over to immigration authorities. Claudia Caycho, a friend and sorority sister of Colotl's for three years, reported that she was taken to the larger immigration detention center in Gadsden on April 1.

Colotl reportedly had an immigration hearing in Atlanta on April 28, where she was denied bond, but granted voluntary departure. According to Caycho, at that time Colotl was ordered to leave the county in 20 days via her own transportation, instead of being deported.

In an email obtained by the Journal, dated May 6, Xochitl Bervera, communications director for the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, wrote to supporters that Colotl had been released and was back home in Duluth with her mother.

"The fight is not over," Bervera wrote. "At this moment, we only know that ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has granted a deferred action. Work remains in the courts before a real victory for Jessica's freedom is won."

In an attempt to contact Colotl, the Journal visited the home address in Duluth she provided Cobb Police on her jail book-in sheet on March 30. The woman who answered the door at the residence in Century Park Apartments said that she still receives mail in Colotl's name, although she has lived there for five months and has never met the 21-year-old KSU student.

The Journal also tried calling an Atlanta-area code phone number Colotl provided to the jail, but the number was no longer in service. Repeated calls to her attorney, Kazuma Sonoda, of the Sonoda Law Firm, an immigration attorney in Atlanta, have gone unanswered.

Efforts to contact Bervera and Colotl's two sorority sisters, Caycho and Lila Parra, who helped organize a march in honor of the KSU student on May 1, have also been unsuccessful.

Colotl has apparently lived in the United States since she was 7. According to her friends, Colotl's parents came to Atlanta illegally in 1996 from southern Mexico to escape a life of severe poverty. Friends say the family moved around most of Colotl's childhood, but she eventually graduated from Lakeside High School in DeKalb County with a 3.8 grade-point average, according to Parra. She enrolled at KSU and began taking classes there in fall 2006.

KSU officials say she was admitted to the university as an in-state student because she had graduated from a Georgia high school.
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SAMMIXX
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May 16, 2010
THE YOUNG GIRL WAS BROUGHT IN THE COUNTRY BY HER PARENTS WHEN SHE WAS 10. IT S LIKE A FATHER WHO COMMITTED A CRIME (SHOPLIFTING). IN THE PROCESS IT TOOK HIS 10 YEARS OLD DAUGHTER WITH HIM. SHE DROVE HIM THERE AND CARRIED THE STOLEN ITEMS AS HE INSTRUCTED HER TO. WHEN THE POLICE ARRESTED THE MAN, WILL HE ALSO ARREST THE GIRL? SHE IS NOT A CRIMINAL, THE PARENTS COMMITTED THE CRIME NOT HER.
ex-ksu student
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May 15, 2010
The young lady did not choose to cross the border, her parent did. If she graduated from a us high school and went to a us college, she should be given a chance to legalize her situation. Why should we educate and train children and then send them back. Isn't that wasteful spending. I think we should treat illegal minors and illegals who came in the country as minors, should not be treated as ciminals, they should be given papers.
anonymous
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May 13, 2010
Anyone evertaken in consideration it's not her fault.. It's her parents. She was brought here without her knowing she was little.. Hello.. Don't be mad cause ur kids can't get in bc they are stupid and can't get in bc of low scores. That only says one thing they are smart as u huh.. .?? But ya'll are rite the government is dumb they perfer to give visas n green cards n make them citizens . Like that dude that had the bond in his pants. Yeh nice. Stop worrying so much about immigrants who are here to do jobs ya'll can't or don't want too.! Like always americans whinning about everything !!
Rich70
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May 13, 2010
To Janglin wrote on Sunday, May 09 at 11:25 AM »

I don't think Canadians are coming across the border by the thousands per day and sucking up resources that they have no right to.

They should have deported this girl and KSU should not support illegal activity on their campus.
kennesawmom
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May 13, 2010
She graduated from an in-state high school with a 3.8 gpa. So, was she also getting the Hope Scholarship at KSU? Does anyone know?
Diane from NC
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May 12, 2010
I feel for these children of illegals, but what about people who are here legitimately? And what about the US citizens? What message does this send with respect to honoring US law? and for honoring those here legally? and for US citizens? Apparently, the law does not need to be respected. She has been granted legal status for a year, with a driver's license and a work permit. She is going to earn her degree, and does not need to commit to citizenship. Why don't we just give her everything she wants for free, no questioned asked and no strings attached? Perhaps, she will become a great advocate for the US.
Demidow
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February 20, 2013
What about people here legitimately? Well, it is as clear as glass, that people here legitimately,(sometimes known as citizens) DON'T MEAN SQUAT TO CONGRESS, THE SENATE OR WHITE HOUSE. This IS the reason she needs to be deported. 1)It would make it clear to Americans that they are the first priority of the Congress in the U.S. 2)It would be an example that would end this B.S. of Mexican and other foreign nationals, simply invading this nations territory and usurping its resources. Do American citizens come first or not? To the left, democrats, we know they don't. Now we can include the Republicans as well. Americans are simply being replaced, silently it is true, but replaced nevertheless. Too bad millions of citizens can't see it.
Dr. San Donato
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May 12, 2010
Isn't it amazing? AMerican citizens never get these kinds of breaks. We get to pay for millions of illegal aliens, have slots taken away from American kids at these "universities", and then have people march by the millions telling citizens it isn't their country and go back to Europe,etc. Stupid is as Stupid does, the motto for those Americans that will not vote out, WHOLESALE, the traitors that are ruining them in their own nation. The Americans who meet at their own Town Halls are Nazi's,Nancy Pelosi, the Americans are Lazy, Mayor Bloombergs, the "Americans wouldn't pick lettuce for fifty dollars an hour McCains,etc.etc.etc. too many to mention.
E.P.Furst Demidow
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May 11, 2010
I feel sorry for all the Americans posting here that cannot fathom what illegal immigration is about. It is about OPEN BORDERS, whose other name is NO BORDERS, the true goal of the evil elite(Wall Street, leftists in Universities, lefitists in government) to impose their ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT ANIMAL FARM on the United States of America, and have a society where people bid for the lowest wages, for both labor and professional services. Bricklayers for 2dollars an hour, engineers for 5 dollars an hours. Yet, we have thousands of people arguing about WHY, this person is allowed to break U.S. immigration law and why the university supports it. Americans, time to get your asses off of both chairs and choose, OPEN/NO BORDER, OR nation of borders with laws and respect. THAT'S IT! THAT'S ALL IT'S ABOUT.
Augiestyles
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May 11, 2010
I hope every donor and alumni to this traitor school never gives them another dime.
Alitoo
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May 11, 2010
Thunder Cloud, guess what ONE country sends the most LEGAL immigrants to the United States? MEXICO. 15-20% of our legal immigration which now tops 1.1 million a year. In short, I'm tired of being told that we should provide in-state tuition and freebies for illegal aliens from "poor Mexico", particularly since that country is one of the wealthiest in the world and is home to the world's richest man. Maybe Ms. Colotl can get Carlos Slim Helu to pay her foreign student tuition and find her a job--in Mexico--after she graduates. Meanwhile, my students from countries in the Middle East that are poorer than Mexico actually have to jump through immigration hoops and pay high student tuition to come here legally. THEY don't get free rides, or even reduced tuition, and they certainly don't get a pathway to citizenship.
Jan Gonzales
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May 11, 2010
Since Kennesaw has now admitted - publicly-that they have given illegal aliens in-state tuition, Kennesaw must now give EVERY student in state tuition. Its the law. If you know of anyone who has paid out of state tuition to attend this school, make sure they receive a refund for the difference between the in state and out of state tuition.
fed up
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May 10, 2010
Hey Glorious Day, you are correct about one thing, it is monumental, MONUMENTALLY STUPID, and screwed up.....you people all want nothing more than a free ride at the legal tax payers expense.

I think we the taxpayers sholud now put pressure on the state to cut or deny benefits to KSU since they choose to act with such total disregard for the laws of our state and the funds provided to them by us. I have never heard of KSU standing up and fighting so fiecely for a nutural born citizen as they did for a "free loader" Illegal alien.
We wonder why
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May 10, 2010
When will we as American citizens be so fed up with these types of situations? Now the ICE is letting the illegals out, if you catch them and you know they are illegal, send them home. No special cases, just send them home. I am outraged by KSU, a State college and they are going to welcome this ILLEGAL student back with open arms. I am tired of paying for the illegals and the politicians and the State College Presidents that ignore the laws of this country to cater to the whims of these illegals. We wonder why this country has the problems we do, open your eyes it is all spelled out right here in this story.
1suchasierra2
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May 10, 2010
How disgusting that KSU officials think it's wonderful that an illegal criminal of any color can pursue higher education. Her slot could easily be given to a born and bred American. What a great lesson to teach our young people--crime does pay. If I were the good people of this state, I'd be screaming at these officials and making sure they lose their jobs.
Donald H
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May 10, 2010
Illegal (alien) immigrants should be able to attend any of our schools and colleges, as long as they pay out of state tuition as do the foreign exchange students. What I find interesting is the dilemma of being employed with illegal (alien) immigrant status once she graduates. This is not the first case where an illegal alien attends a U.S. university, but cannot legally be employed in this country. What's wrong with starting the legal process of becoming a resident alien now? The story line does not address this issue.
mk-where's sheriff
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May 10, 2010
We (who believe in the rule of law) are not angry specifically @ this one student Jessica or @ only KSU, for this is merely a prime example of what exacly is happening all over this country! There are MILLIONS & MILLIONS (1,000,000's) of Jessicas (illegals)-around the country that are getting preferential & high priority treatment,@ our elementary, middle , high schools & colleges)--... while putting our own American students,,, @ the BACK of the line! And this , no doubt , will put American citizens in the back of the line , also, in our already destroyed JOB MARKET!!

THEY (the invaders) DO have a plan. America better wake up soon & come up w/ a counter plan to protect it's citizens!
Cobb Taxpayer
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May 10, 2010
Obviously the state of Georgia operated KSU has a major leadership problem - welcoming lawless (illegal, driving without a license, insurance, tags and proper registration etc. etc.) law breakers as students ! Considering this revelation and attitude towards the laws of the land, I suggest that Governor Perdue and his Board of Regents immediately require E-verify for all student admissions for next semester. Then educate or terminate the leadership of our public colleges that don't understand and support the laws of Georia and the USA. Taxpayer money seems to be misdirected to benefit illegal students - what the heck is going on ?
Outrage
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May 09, 2010
We can't have these illegal aliens damaging KSU's 46% graduation rate!
anonymous
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May 09, 2010
You can't call me a hateful bigot for opposing illegal immigration. I'm married to an immigrant. Only difference is that she was a LEGAL immigrant who followed and respected this countries laws

janglin
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May 09, 2010
your wrong. Any illegal immigrant is the same in my book
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