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ATLANTA -- Most Georgia voters who know about the unfolding story of Kennesaw State University student Jessica Colotl want the illegal alien deported to her native Mexico, a new poll shows.
The poll conducted by InsiderAdvantage for Atlanta's WSB-TV found 46 percent of those questioned were aware of the story and support her deportation while only 16 percent who were aware did not want her sent out of the country. A sizable 38 percent were not aware of the story and have no opinion.
The poll was conducted Monday and has a margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent. The data was weighted for age, race, gender and political affiliation.
Colotl has become national news, all the more because her story has cropped up right when America is debating the issue of illegal immigration in connection with a new law passed in Arizona that allows police to question anyone believed to be in the country illegally.
Colotl was arrested in March in Georgia for driving without a license. Immigration officials later placed her in a detention center in Alabama. She was released after much effort on her behalf by school officials, sorority sisters and others at Kennesaw. Now federal officials say they won't pursue her case until after she completes her college studies.
But Cobb County law enforcement officials have obtained a warrant for Colotl's arrest. Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren said she lied about her address when she was originally booked into jail, a felony in Georgia. So her legal problems continue, and her career at Kennesaw may still be in jeopardy.
Most Georgians aren't sympathizing with her.
Significantly, opposition to Colotl staying in America isn't coming predominantly from the political right. While 46 percent of all Georgia voters support deportation, the number swells to 67 percent among voters who label themselves as independents.
The view of independents may tell may reveal feelings about the political landscape, according to the pollster, Matt Towery, CEO of InsiderAdvantage.
"The poll indicates that independent voters are more upset about issues such as illegal immigration than are established Republican voters," he said. "... It also suggests that GOP primaries may be filled with voters who do not describe themselves as Republicans but who may be moving to the more conservative side of issues."

Jessica Colotl, a 21-year-old college senior and illegal immigrant, talks to reporters in Atlanta on Friday, May 14, 2010. Colotl was arrested about six weeks ago for driving without a license and was turned over to immigration authorities. Immigration authorities released her last week and deferred action on her case for a year, giving her time to complete her studies. The sheriff in Cobb County, Ga., issued a new warrant for her arrest Wednesday, saying she lied about her address after her initial arrest. Colotl turned herself in Friday morning and was released on $2,500 bond. 
  AP Photo/Kate Brumback
AP Photo/Kate Brumback
Jessica Colotl, a 21-year-old college senior and illegal immigrant, talks to reporters in Atlanta on Friday, May 14, 2010. Colotl was arrested about six weeks ago for driving without a license and was turned over to immigration authorities. Immigration authorities released her last week and deferred action on her case for a year, giving her time to complete her studies. The sheriff in Cobb County, Ga., issued a new warrant for her arrest Wednesday, saying she lied about her address after her initial arrest. Colotl turned herself in Friday morning and was released on $2,500 bond.
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lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 05/20/10 - 04:08 pm
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it's time to go back to

it's time to go back to mexico....think about the spot and the financial aid she took of an applicant who was denied admission based on available space and/or the financial aid of which she was recieving could have went to someone who was turned down due to not enuff funds

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 05/20/10 - 05:24 pm
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Illeagally in the county

Illeagally in the county (crime), lying about where she lived, (crime) getting college money by lying (crime), driving w/o license ( crime) driving w/o insurance (crime), all these end up costing taxpayers a fortune, especially by the time you add up all of them doing it. I despise citizens being criminals, let alone an illegal. Wish we could deport all the criminals to another country. Although, I would trade a few immigrants who wish to get an education and work for a living and contribute to society for a bunch of abled bodied gov't dependants who do nothing but create more dependants and commit crimes! lol Wish it were possible, then we would have enough room to get more immigrants in here in a more timely fashion. Some people who are proud to be U.S citizens and will contribute to the better of this country, not leech off of it. But until she or any of them do it the right way, no way! She seems like a nice girl and I feel bad for her but it's the law and the chance you take when you do choose to commit the crime. Even if it will take forever to sort out the illegal part, I'm glad they got another lousy uninsured motorist off the road, at least until the next time she decides to break the law again and drive while on her free pass to finish school.

Nightwing
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Nightwing 05/20/10 - 07:11 pm
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She appears to have

She appears to have constantly defied authority and does care for our laws. Since not wanting to pursue regular paths to becomming legal should be deported and any school credits removed. She owes money for any government tuition which she lied about to receive.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 05/20/10 - 07:26 pm
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Just like Obama's

Just like Obama's aunt.....they broke the law and have no reason to not be deported per federal law.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 05/20/10 - 07:43 pm
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"Give me your tired, your

"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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
So much for the message at the Statue of Liberty. Most of our families are not native to the USA, so where would WE be now if our familes were turned away? God help us for treating each other with such utter contempt.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 05/20/10 - 07:51 pm
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Why is it that no one ever

Why is it that no one ever asks the question of why people come here illegally? There's plenty of reasons why to come here, but specifically why do choose to come here illegally? What is the motivation behind breaking the law to get in and deliberately choosing not to enter through the front door?

corgimom
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corgimom 05/20/10 - 07:53 pm
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Add me to the 46%.

Add me to the 46%.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 05/20/10 - 09:59 pm
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John Q, do you think this

John Q, do you think this country can withstand all the people in the world if they all want to live here? That's why there is a process. We see what happened when all were called. Castro let all the Cubans leave, fine, but he also opened his prisons and let the most violent people in their country come over here, and they got in!! We can't hold everyone in the world and some aren't wanted at all!! Again that's why there is a process, especially since we don't need more criminals in this country. Not taking in everyone in the world at one time or criminals does not negate the meaning of the Statue of Liberty. Why don't you and your family give up your spot? ......Didn't think so.

NoCatchyName
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NoCatchyName 05/21/10 - 07:21 am
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JohnQ, American citizens and

JohnQ, American citizens and legal immigrants were the ones treated with utter contempt in this case. We as a country, most of us as individuals, and Lady Liberty still welcome with open arms those who choose to come here legally. It is those who choose to come here illegally with whom we have a problem. They demonstrate by the very nature of their entry that they have no respect for our laws. They only want to game our system for their personal gain.

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frontporch 05/21/10 - 08:25 am
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JohnQ....your ignorance is

JohnQ....your ignorance is not bliss. People that came to this country years ago knew they were coming to a better place. They came with nothing and entered throw the right channels by this countries laws. They didn't deceive and cheat the system to gain freedom, like this young lady. Next thing you know the illiegals will be coming in and demand a $60,000. job salary without an education and if they don't get it...they'll cry racism. Kick her out!

OnlyinAgs
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OnlyinAgs 05/21/10 - 08:50 am
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They should start adding RACE

They should start adding RACE to the survey questions as to who's being surveyed. I'm sure once the data is collected (for race) it will show 99% of whites will be the make up of people who thinks people like her should be deported. GO FIGURE. Oh wait no Republican Americans I mean. *SHRUGS*

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Little Lamb 05/21/10 - 08:55 am
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Okay, let's put the results

Okay, let's put the results of this poll in a little clearer perspective. We have

  • 46% aware and favor deportation
  • 16% aware and oppose deportation
  • 38% unaware, therefore no opinion

Now, if we take the numbers provided and look at only those who are aware of the news story, we can normalize them to look at how informed people see the situation. Those 46% and 16% numbers actually come out to be

  • 74% of those aware favor deportation
  • 26% of those aware oppose deportation

Is that a little clearer? Of course, it's likely that reporter Gary Reese never took a statistics class.

Runner46
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Runner46 05/21/10 - 08:49 am
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I cannot imagine why a person

I cannot imagine why a person intelligent enough to attend college would NOT LAWFULLY CORRECT being in the U.S. illegally. Is she trying to flaunt our laws in our faces? The college Board of Regents is violating the law by allowing this student to pay in-state tuition when she is a known foreign citizen, too. Where's the justice for us Georgia and U.S. citizens? It would be best if this young lady was immediately deported. U.S. citizens demand justice!

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Dixieman 05/21/10 - 08:51 am
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1. Everyone would agree that

1. Everyone would agree that there have to be SOME limits on who can come and live here.
2. If there are limits, they need to be enforced or they are meaningless.
3. If they are enforced, some people with sympathetic stories will have to be deported.
4. End of discussion.
My father was an immigrant and so are my wife and stepson. All of them PLAYED BY THE RULES and followed the proper legal process.

Chillen
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Chillen 05/21/10 - 08:56 am
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Some seem to think this is a

Some seem to think this is a racial issue. Truth is, it is a LEGAL issue.

(Of course for some it is a political vote-buying issue but I digress......)

Should anyone in the United States get a break if they steal something? No. Should they get a break if they rape someone? No, of couse not. Should they get a break if they violate our immigration laws? No!

The LAW is the law.

Runner46
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Runner46 05/21/10 - 09:01 am
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JohnQpublic - Don't use that

JohnQpublic - Don't use that slogan, as it does not apply here. It's from the Statue of Liberty. The statue is facing out to sea, toward Europe! It is an icon to another time, when our country was young and growing. Immigrants were coming here LEGALLY. It is not about allowing EVERYONE to immigrate. This case is about an illegal (alien) immigrant. Don't compare apples to oranges. Additionally, most of us are native Americans (not Native Americans). It no longer matters from where our ancestors came. This is our land, the United States of America. We, the American people, determine who can come into our country and who cannot.

Chillen
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Chillen 05/21/10 - 08:59 am
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johnqpublic. Here is the

johnqpublic. Here is the last line of your quote plus my addition.

"I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Just make sure you come through the front, not our back door.

snoopdawg99
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snoopdawg99 05/21/10 - 09:02 am
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I am in favor of

I am in favor of deportation......
if you wish to be here come thru the front door LEGALY and all will be good..

ripjones
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ripjones 05/21/10 - 09:14 am
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Lifelong and TakeaStand, and

Lifelong and TakeaStand, and others -- Get all your facts together before you post something. Specifically, the statement that she received financial aid -- the only "aid" she got was in-state fees, which is NOT State or Federal "aid". Read the KSU statement here : http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/dpp/news/ksu-statement-on-colotl-case-051410 She did "take up a spot", but she did not receive aid. I do find her attitude a little brash, since she did get caught with her pants down, so to speak. Outside of driving without a license and not providing her "true" address, she is not a dangerous criminal. So, I say let her graduate, then deport her, and her parents. She will have degree and can find a good job in Mexico. What I did find amazing is that KSU knows it has other undocumented students.

dani
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dani 05/21/10 - 09:25 am
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Perhaps Obama could declare

Perhaps Obama could declare war on Mexico and force Calderon to practice what he preaches. There is no excuse for Mexicans having to leave their homes to earn food to eat. HE and the other leaders are the problem, even though the liberal masses blame it on you and me.

chipshirley
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chipshirley 05/21/10 - 09:25 am
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This is the biggest crock

This is the biggest crock I've ever read.

There are not 2% of people in this state who, if they were in charge of this case and had to talk to this girl and look her in the eye, would not opt for working out some path for citizenship for her.

People are just making a political statement in this poll.

Chillen
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Chillen 05/21/10 - 09:32 am
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chipshirley. add me to your

chipshirley. add me to your 2% which is really more like 60-70%. The law is the law. It's a shame for her but she is a criminal. Not a dangerous one but a criminal nonetheless.

I also think she should be forced to pay back the tuition she stole from the taxpayers. In-State tuition is possible because of us, the taxpayers. People go to jail for stealing. Why should she be treated any differently?

ripjones
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ripjones 05/21/10 - 09:54 am
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Chillen - read my post and

Chillen - read my post and read the OFFICIAL KSU statement -- there is NO taxpayer money to be paid back. She graduated from an accredited GEORGIA high school. She did not give her parent's address to the police, since they are illegal. And they were the ones that brought her into this country. That's why I said deport them all, but let her graduate first.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 05/21/10 - 09:59 am
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JOHN Q, have you ever heard
Unpublished

JOHN Q, have you ever heard of a little thing called law? You see, it's what we establish so people can't do whatever the darn well please, like coming into this country without proper "documents." You're welcome to look it up. And CHIP, LIFELONG makes a good point...what about the place in the college this girl took as well as the financial aid that could have been going to a citizen who is deserving of it? Liberals...they never put their minds in gear before speaking, and they are so generous, WITH OTHER PEOPLES MONEY!

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KSL 05/21/10 - 12:55 pm
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I hate a liar. Deport her

I hate a liar. Deport her now.

Chillen
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Chillen 05/21/10 - 10:29 am
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ripjones. I read your link.

ripjones. I read your link. Here's what it says. "In Fall 2007, the Board of Regents formally changed its tuition classification policy so that undocumented students could no longer receive in-state tuition."

They are of course saying nonsense like from here forward she has to pay out of state tutition. That is wrong. She broke the Board of Regents tuition rule & law.

As I said earlier, since she paid in-state tuition after the 2007 rule, then there is money to be paid back by her. Legally she only qualified for out of state tuition (since she is not a legal resident of GA nor is she a US citizen), therefore she owes the state of Georgia taxpayers the difference.

She can graduate, that's fine but no diploma or future classes until the tuition money is paid back to the taxpayers of the state of Georgia. And once she graduates, immediate, one-way deportation. If she refuses to pay, immediate deportation.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/21/10 - 10:45 am
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When you fill out an

When you fill out an application for college admittance, at the end of the form is a signature line that says something like, "I certify, under penalty of law, that the information provided is accurate and complete." Making false statements on an application to a Georgia state university is a violation of Georgia law. She should be removed from Kennessaw State University and banned from attending any Georgia state school.

ripjones
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ripjones 05/21/10 - 10:54 am
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Chillen - I understand where

Chillen - I understand where you are coming from, and I really don't have a problem with making her make up the difference. And oh by the way, I'm the furthest thing from a liberal, to respond to another poster. But what I'm saying is that the money is not taxpayer money, it is money that she owes back to KSU. And also, I have a niece attending KSU, and there are plenty of "slots" @ KSU. So she really didn't cheat anyone out of one. It will be up to KSU to decide to press the issue. I'm also saying she needs to be deported, along with her parents, but since she is not a "real" criminal, let her graduate and then start deportation. That way she can provide for herself and her parents.

Chillen
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Chillen 05/21/10 - 11:17 am
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ripjones. We are very close

ripjones. We are very close to being on the same page.

But, follow the money trail all the way though. Taxpayer works and pays state taxes to----Georgia Department of Revenue----GA Dept of Revenue gives KSU taxpayer money to operate and also to allow Georgia residents to pay in-state tuition (which don't cover all the operating costs - out of state tuition covers operating costs).

If she pays back KSU then she pays back the taxpayers since taxpayers fund KSU. That money that she "stole" can be used to lower our taxes or decrease the State of Georgia deficit or the KSU deficit if there is one.

Unless it is a private college, KSU is supported entirely by taxpayer money and student tuition (plus a few donations for scholarships, research, etc which are not relevant to this issue).

chipshirley
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chipshirley 05/21/10 - 11:48 am
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Neil Boortz blames her

Neil Boortz blames her parents for this since she was a small child when they brought her here.

Boortz thinks she should at least be allowed to finish school and begin the formal process for citizenship.

If you are to the Right of Boortz you know you're Wrong...

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