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Woman who was face of illegal immigration in metro Atlanta has DACA status revoked

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Immigration and Customs enforcement officials said a former Kennesaw State student who was formerly protected as a dreamer had her protection revoked because she deceived law enforcement.

Jessica Colotl, a 29-year-old Mexican national in the country illegally, was formerly protected under an Obama-era program called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order. ICE said she lost that protection when she confessed to a felony charge.

“Colotl, an unlawfully present Mexican national, admitted guilt to a felony charge in August 2011 of making a false statement to law enforcement in Cobb County," Bryan Cox with ICE said.

Cox said that although Colotl was allowed to enter a diversionary program by police in Cobb County, federal law considers her admission of guilt a felony conviction.

Colotl's attorney, Charles Kuck, disputes that. He said she complied with the terms of pretrial diversion, meaning she does not have a felony conviction.

Her DACA status was terminated on May 3. The next day, a government lawyer asked an immigration judge to issue a deportation order.

Colotl was face of illegal immigration in metro Atlanta

Jessica Colotl was the face of the young illegal immigrant in metro Atlanta during the Obama administration.

She attended Kennesaw State University in 2010 when police pulled her over and charged her with driving without a license. Since then, she'd fought to stay in the country.

When Obama announced the policy, Colotl said she was thankful for the change, which allowed students like her — who were brought to the country as children — to stay in the U.S. without the fear of being deported.

"I was very thrilled. It's been extremely hard and sometimes it's very frustrating because you don't know what's going to happen," said Colotl when the policy passed.

DACA doesn't offer people in the country illegally any sort of protected legal status but makes them less of a priority for enforcement. That status can be revoked at any time but is particularly taken away from people who commit crimes. 

Since the start of the program, the Department of Homeland Security has terminated that status for 1,500.

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