Monday, November 22, 2010


Jessica Colotl, the undocumented student from Kennesaw State University who sparked a huge debate in Georgia was sentenced in state court to three days in jail and $1,000 fine after a jury found her guilty of driving without a license. Her lawyer will appeal. She was apprehended at the college and was turned over by the Cobb county police to be deported.
After much of a media frenzy, ICE agreed to stay her deportation until she graduates from college. Colotl plans to graduate this spring with a degree in political science and French minor.
Following these events, the university of Georgia system's Board of Regents was called to order to answer how an undocumented student pays in-state tuition for college. Also, many Georgia Republican legislators are now considering legislation to ban all undocumented from attending public universities even if they pay out-of-state tuition.
I'd like to end with a couple of things that Colotl said: "I truly believe that undocumented people who have been paying income taxes, don’t have a criminal record and are willing to pay a fine should be allowed to get into a line to become U.S. citizens ... Ultimately, I think this goes back to our history. It’s taxation without representation...we find a solution for our broken immigration system."
I agree.

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