MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) --
Jury selection has begun in a trial on traffic violation charges against a Georgia college student and illegal immigrant whose case has become a flashpoint in the national debate on immigration.
Jessica Colotl pleaded not guilty Thursday (Nov. 11) to misdemeanor charges of impeding the flow of traffic and driving without a license.
Police stopped the 22-year-old student at Kennesaw State
University for a traffic violation in March. Cobb authorities
turned her over to federal immigration officials after learning she
was in the country illegally. She was 11 when her parents crossed
the border with her from Mexico.
Immigration officials are allowing Colotl to stay in the country
for a year so she can complete her studies.
Colotl's attorney said he hopes last-minute negotiations will
allow the student to pay a fine and avoid a trial.