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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 6:00am

Illegal Grad's Deportation Delayed Again

Updated: 2 years ago.
Jessica Colotl was arrested following a traffic stop and turned over to immigration authorities in 2010. Colotl was a junior at Kennesaw State University at the time, and immigration officials twice allowed her to stay in the country. She has just received a third deferral. (Photo Courtesy of s_falkow via Flickr.)

Federal authorities have agreed to allow an illegal immigrant college student whose case sparked a broader debate on illegal immigration in Georgia to remain in the country another year.

Jessica Colotl's immigration lawyer Charles Kuck said action in Colotl's deportation case has been deferred for a third time.

Colotl was arrested following a traffic stop and turned over to immigration authorities in 2010. Colotl was a junior at Kennesaw State University at the time, and immigration officials allowed her to stay in the country for a year to complete her studies.

She graduated last May and was granted a second deferral. She has a standing deportation order but has permission to work. She has been working for Kuck as a paralegal assistant.