Federal Court Win Shows Rule Of Law Still Protects Dreamers

The Trump Administration has called for a return to the “rule of law” and they found out that cuts both ways when Dreamer Jessica Colotl recently won a reprieve from deportation in federal court.

The Georgia women has been seen as a poster child for the struggles of so-called Dreamers under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program established under during the Obama Administration. Colotl, now 28, was brought to the U.S. by her Mexican parents when she was 11 years old. She garnered national attention in 2010 when a traffic stop landed her in custody for misdemeanor driving without a license. But a felony charge of lying about her place of residence was added. She was incarcerated for 37 days and nearly shipped back to Mexico.

Advocates supporting immigration tolerance viewed her situation as gross police-state and governmental overreach. Her sorority sisters and college president rallied public support to protect her and other students following a positive path. Opponents viewed Colotl as an illegal immigrant who was wrongfully enjoying discounted college tuition.

Colotl kept deportation at bay through the DACA program by renewing her status in 2013 and 2015. She was confident that her legal issues were resolved, having completed a community service program with the understanding the felony would be dropped from her record.

Now a college graduate working as a legal assistant, Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to renew her DACA status in May while targeting convicted felons who entered the U.S. illegally. The agency took the position that Colotl’s admission disqualified her from the DACA program.

In a hearing held in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, government attorneys effectively dropped the issue. They agreed that Colotl was correct that her completion of the community service and diversion program did not make her a felon. Without a legal reason to bar her, judge Mark H. Cohen ruled that her DACA application must be reinstated.

Approximately 750,000 people have been allowed to pursue a productive life in the U.S. under the DACA program. Pres. Trump has indicated that criminal immigrants would be the focus of deportation efforts and the DACA program has been left intact. During the first quarter of 2017, more than 17,275 new applications have been approved. As many as 107,524 renewals have also been OK’d, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Although widespread fear exists among immigrants, cases such as Colotl’s show that the rule of law is alive, well and legal protections remain in place.

Average Rating:
5.0
Total Number of Reviews:
23
 
  • January 26, 2020
    Jeff M.
    Mark E. Jacobs, if I had to hire another attorney, Mr. Jacobs would be hired again! Attorney Jacobs did a great job on happy my wife during a Time that she didn't think that she would ever receive her US citizenship... But with the help attorney Mark E Jacobs, my wife received her United States citizenship. outstanding work acknowledge this good man in has work as an immigration attorney for Dallas county. *****
  • January 25, 2020
    Abideen H.
    Abideen H Mark E Jacobs law farm is the one of the best Immigration lawyer. Mark treated every cases with ultimate priority and the uniqueness it requires. This can be witnessing in his exceptional ability to document conversation without missing words. Anyone that dealing with Mark knows what I’m talking about. Mark Jacob has overwhelming amount of experience to navigate and provide you with all possible legal means necessary to every specific cases. I took my case file to him at a tipping point. I can’t go into detail but the end justifies the means.
  • January 21, 2020
    Barbara R.
    Exceptional customer service! Everyone here is awesome. From Daisy ( at the front desk) to Christy (legal assistant) to Mark. I highly recommend them!!
  • January 7, 2020
    Beatriz B.
    I have been getting all my legal service with the office of Mark E Jacobs for over 7 years now. They are on top of everything and have made a difficult journey a lot easier, taking some of the weight of my shoulders. They have gotten us the results we wanted in a timely process, even when immigration overall is taking months and months. I appreciate all the hard work they did for my family and me.
  • December 20, 2019
    Art K.
    Good
<
>
 
Full Star Half Star Empty Star