A former Kennessaw State University student has been stripped of her protected immigrant status, and could be facing deportation….again.
We just spoke to Jessica Colotl after the fed govt revoked her protected immigration status. She fought deportation in 2010 as a KSU student pic.twitter.com/CaIx6xlCOv
— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) May 10, 2017
Jessica Colotl was brought to the United Stated by her parents, from Mexico, when she was only 11. She has been covered under a program implemented by Obama called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). The program works with immigrants who were brought here as children, and offers temporary protection from being deported, and grants work permits.
However, that went out the window after she was arrested, and almost deported, for a traffic violation back in 2010. Here’s where she went wrong: Colotl lied to a Cobb County officer, which resulted in the judge dismissing the criminal case. She’s back in hot water again.
Jessica Colotl’s arrest and near-deportation for a traffic violation in 2010 sparked a controversy about unauthorized immigrants attending public colleges in Georgia and beyond.
A Cobb County judge would go on to dismiss the criminal case stemming from the traffic charge. But officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement on Wednesday said that she admitted guilt in the case.
“Jessica Colotl, an unlawfully present Mexican national, admitted guilt to a felony charge in 2011 of making a false statement to law enforcement in Cobb County,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said in a statement.
Cox said she was allowed to enter a diversionary program by local authorities.
“However, under federal law her guilty plea is considered a felony conviction for immigration purposes,” he said.
Colotl is challenging the action in federal court.
Her attorney, Charles Kuck, called the federal government’s move “legally incorrect.”
“It is not a conviction for federal immigration purposes,” Kuck said.
She said, “I’m completely shocked, needless to say. I can’t believe this is happening to me.”
“It is completely outrageous,” Colotl told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “On Monday when I first found out about this, I felt shock because I didn’t know this could potentially happen.”
“It’s just amazing how I was able to renew my DACA application without any problems during the Obama administration. And under this administration my DACA status is being terminated, although the administration had mentioned… they were not going after Dreamers.”
I find it interesting that she is so shocked, because I’m not! She lied to a police officer, resulting in her criminal case being dropped…That’s a big deal! She should have told the truth!