[caption id="attachment_39025" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Less than 1 percent of Georgia's public college students were illegal immigrants."][/caption]

Jessica Colotl has always tried to keep a low profile--obeying the speed limit, making sure her 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...

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