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    Re: Student at Kennesaw State being deported
    Kennesaw State student from Mexico: Now subject of an arrest warrant.
    12:06 pm May 13, 2010, by Maureen Downey

    The situation is worsening for Kennesaw State student Jessica Colotl, who is now the subject of an arrest warrant in Cobb County for giving police a false address. That is what police allege at this point. The AJC is pursing this story and will update throughout the day, hopefully with comments from Jessica or her mother on the address question.

    I think that it is a shame that this one student has become a focal point for the anger of many Americans toward illegal immigration. While she made a mistake in lying to police — a bad decision on any count — she likely sees herself as an American, having been here most of her life. And she clearly wants to stay here. Unfortunately, she chose the exact wrong way to make her case.

    In an updated AJC story tonight, Colotl’s lawyer, Chris Taylor, issued a statement Thursday in conjunction with several human rights organizations and Latino community groups saying that she is working with the Sheriff’s Office to turn herself in.

    “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.”

    According to a new story on the AJC:

    “Ms. Colotl knowingly filled out and completed the official Cobb County Sheriff’s Office immigration information with a false statement,” according to a written statement from the sheriff’s office. “She provided and stated she lived at 305 Preston Drive, Duluth Ga., 30096 when in fact she has never lived at this address.”

    While driving without a license is a relatively minor offense, making a false statement is a felony with a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

    Police have been searching for Colotl, a native of Mexico, since the warrant was issued Wednesday night.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is attempting to reach Colotl or her attorneys.

    Colotl, who is 22 according to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office, first was taken into custody a day after a KSU police officer stopped her on March 29 for “impeding the flow of traffic.” She reportedly told the officer she had a Mexican drivers license but could not find it; she offered him a Mexican passport that expired in August 2007 as identification.

    Colotl was arrested the next day, taken to the Cobb County jail and handed over to immigration authorities under an agreement the county has with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the 287(g) program.

    Colotl was taken to the Etowah Detention Center in Alabama to await deportation. At the urging of KSU President Daniel Papp, she was released May 1 and given a year’s reprieve so she could complete her degree.

    Colotl has been in the United States for much of her life, coming here with her parents when she was 10. Friends said the family moved often until Colotl graduated from Lakeside High School in DeKalb County in 2006 with a 3.8 grade point average.

    University officials said she was admitted to KSU as a state resident because she had graduated from a Georgia high school. Undocumented aliens can attend Georgia colleges but they must pay out-of-state tuition, officials said.

    Friends said Colotl had two semesters remaining before she receives a degree in political science. Colotl worked at night to earn money for college, according to friends. She was planning to study law after finishing at KSU.

    Papp advocated for Colotl based on her involvement at KSU. He asked ICE to put off deporting her.

    Papp has said, however, that Colotl will now be billed as an out-of-state student.

    “It is sad that Ms. Colotl’s parents chose to enter the United States illegally and ultimately put her in this position” Warren, the sheriff, said in a statement. “However, Ms. Colotl knew that she was in the United States without authority to be here and voluntarily chose to operate a vehicle without a driver’s license, which is a violation of Georgia law. She has further complicated her situation with her blatant disregard for Georgia law by giving false information.”

    Re: Student at Kennesaw State being deported

    That last sentence was kinda funny, the one about giving false information was a blatant disregard for US law. It's something people will do when they are scared, especially young people. I doubt whether or not complying with a law even entered her mind at that point. But, hey, I have a tendency to put myself in others' positions when trying to figure out what they were thinking.

    Like I was saying, her name is Aztec, her family was here long before anyone drew lines. Throw out the interlopers! You know, the ones who now choose who to let in, e.g. the New York would-be bomber.

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