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Why can't some news stories over look the sob story long enough to focus on the facts of an issue?

i was reading this article, basically a sob story about a college immigrant who was brought over illegally by her parents..

ATLANTA – Jessica Colotl has always tried to keep a low profile — obeying the speed limit, making sure her car's lights work properly — knowing that a brush with law enforcement could lead to her deportation and cost her a college diploma.

After a few close calls, her fears were realized last spring, when she was stopped for a minor traffic violation, charged with driving without a license and turned over to immigration authorities. She spent 37 days in a detention center in Alabama before authorities let her out and said they would give her a year to finish her studies at Kennesaw State University.

Before her arrest, Colotl had revealed her immigration status only to her closest friends. In the five weeks she was held last spring, her sorority sisters marched to have her freed, her case went viral and she was thrust into the national spotlight.... (to see more click here  )

anyways.. it goes on.. but all i can think about is her driving without a license.. what if she was in an accident, killed someone even??? insurance?  all these thoughts come to mind. She's in college, she knows the laws, WHY is that mostly overlooked just because her sob story over imigration became noticed?


Asked by xxhazeldovexx at 1:21 AM on May. 12, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • the fact is she KNOWINGLY didn't have a license, for whatever reason. in my opinion, the illegal status would've just added to her list of charges. wrong, any way you look at it.

    Answer by dullscissors at 10:35 AM on May. 12, 2011

  • Oh boo freaking hoo. Poor little illegal locked up for KNOWINGLY violating the law. My nephew was seriously injured in an accident caused by an illegal last year. The illegal had no insurance and no license. My nephew required multiple surgeries and guess who gets to bear the entire cost of it...his parents.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:56 AM on May. 12, 2011

  • authorities let her out and said they would give her a year to finish her studies ---

    why was the main arrest issue overlooked? because this country is too soft on immigration. it says so right there in the article. sure, she could've had an accident, killed herself or someone, and hopefully, she'd be id'ed without much trouble..its just a big 'viral' example of how soft our laws are. the illegal immigrant was getting an education and probably obtaining a degree in a country she shouldn't be in..legally. wth!

    Answer by dullscissors at 7:43 AM on May. 12, 2011

  • The people in any accident she might have would be no more dead or hurt, if she were a citizen.


    Well if she wasn't here illegally wouldn't it be hard to get in an accident and kill someone?

    OP Mostly what details they use depend on what spin they want to put on it.


    Answer by Charis76 at 8:57 AM on May. 12, 2011

  • Forgetting to put your ID in your purse is way different than not having one in the first place because you aren't supposed to be here. We have laws for a reason. If you don't like them, work to have them changed. However, until that law is changed you get to follow it or face the consequences. It's life. And if we should give her a break, what laws can I disregard and get a break from? What makes her more special than the next law breaker?


    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:33 AM on May. 12, 2011

  • law breakers are law breakers, I don't care what ever else they do.
    You break the law, you do the time. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. In any country.
    Her ass should have been sent back to wherever she came from.
    good post today.

    Answer by jewjewbee at 7:39 AM on May. 12, 2011

  • Her story is one of several million. I am sure that there are more just like her. Laws apply to everyone, not just the people that don't get the media attention. If you make it okay for some to ignore the laws, then you just set a president that other's don't have to follow the law either. What 'may have' happened doesn't matter to the media, because it's not what happened. She didn't have an accident and kill someone so it's a non issue to the media. Just makes for a better sob story. Makes it easier for readers to feel sorry for her.

    I don't feel sorry for law breakers. There are consequences to every action and the world would be an easier place to live if everyone accepted their own consequences.  JMO.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:06 AM on May. 12, 2011

  • Because news has about 1% do to with reporting what is going on in the world and 99% to do with generating ratings or selling advertising.

    That said, those "sob story" details are also relevant to the story.

    Answer by bishopblack at 1:35 AM on May. 12, 2011

  • dullscissors that's exactly what I mean! sure her situation is sad.. no it's not her fault her parents brought her over.. but she KNEW she didn't have a license, and then they try to justify her not have a license by saying how cautious she was, fact is she was driving without a license and got caught!.

    Comment by xxhazeldovexx (original poster) at 10:29 AM on May. 12, 2011

  • "The people in any accident she might have would be no more dead or hurt, if she were a citizen."

    true, but I was looking at it from an insurance perspective. Who's going to cover those injured or worse? She doesn't have a license, so it's highly likely she doesn't carry insurance either.

    Comment by xxhazeldovexx (original poster) at 10:30 AM on May. 12, 2011