In another attack on President Donald Trump’s tough immigration policy championing the phrase “build a wall,” Cornell University students are condemning the chant as “hate speech” against illegal immigrants.
Much of the controversy is concentrated around the commander-in-chief’s push to stop DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] dead in its tracks.
“Members of Cornell University’s student assembly (SA) are calling on university administrators to punish members of a fraternity who chanted ‘build a wall’ last week following President Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA,” TheBlaze announced. “Last Wednesday, one day after Trump’s decision, Latino students heard members of the Zeta Psi fraternity chanting ‘build the wall’ – a reference to Trump’s promise to build a wall on the southern U.S.-Mexico border.”
Support illegal immigration … or else
Last Thursday, Cornell’s student assembly got together on campus to warn Republicans and other conservative Trump supporters pushing his immigration policy that there will be dire consequences for those who profess they want to keep immigrants from entering the U.S. illegally from Mexico.
Irving Torres – an 18-year-old Hispanic student at Cornell – insisted that enforcing the law against illegal immigrants is nothing less than hateful intimidation.
“I had to sit there as a leader of my community and watch students who just got here feel unsafe and attacked,” Torres told those in attendance at the campus gathering, according to the Cornel Daily Sun. “I come to you – as those who are elected to represent our community – to ask what are you going to do and what are you going to say. I’m asking you to listen to me and look at me.”
In a show of support for Torres’ words, numerous Leftist students on campus, including Mayra Valdez – an 18-year-old undesignated at-large representative – insisted that there should be dire consequences for those on campus who support the building of the border wall … saying that such backing is a form of “verbal marginalization.”
“It’s disgusting that hate speech like this is not followed up with repercussions,” Valdez expressed before the Cornell crowd, according to the Sun.
Cornell’s president of SA – Jung Won Kim – was quick to try and accommodate the politically correct protesters standing against illegal immigration control, reminding listeners about his group’s prior attempts to promote diversity by working to pass numerous resolutions.
“Our assembly will approach the topic of diversity again,” Kim assured, according to the Sun. “Sometimes, just educating our peers would be a huge step in the right direction to solving the campus climate.”
Caving in to dominant campus politics
Cornell President Marth Pollack and Cornel Vice President for Student Life Ryan Lombardi forwarded the politically correct tone on campus by opening the floor to a forum that parroted Torres’ insistence that little action has been seen on campus to get rid of pro-border wall speech.
“I know that you don’t want to hear ‘I’m sorry’ anymore, but I don’t think it would be fair without me saying that I am beyond devastated and beyond disgusted by what happened,” Pollack proclaimed before students – according to the Sun – insisting that even though Cornell does not have an action plan to resist those adhering to Trump’s border policy, she is “committed” to the pro-illegal alien campus movement.
She promised angry Left-leaning students that she is working to appease their anti-Trump cause.
“I don’t have a response yet about what we are going to do and what we are not going to do, but we are looking into options,” Pollack added, according to the Sun. “Things like facilitating conversation, holding the fraternities responsible, serious investments in getting more faculty and counselors of color.”
Stamping out the First Amendment?
But even though Pollack indicated that she is caving into Leftist students demanding that action be taken against hate speech, she did emphasize that she will continue to champion free speech on campus.
“[Such incidents should be handled with] things like facilitating conversation, holding the fraternities responsible [and investing] in getting more faculty and counselors of color,” she asserted, according to Campus Reform.
And not all SA members stand against free speech, as SA Representative Olivia Corn argues that changing Cornell’s speech codes to prohibit so-called “hate speech” would not set good precedent on campus.
“While I don’t condone what the person said, universities should not be able to punish free speech,” Corn told Campus Reform. “[Even though Cornell is private and can enforce what it wants, it would be] overstepping its bounds [if it were to begin] prosecuting students for hate speech.”
Despite Lombardi’s declared support of anti-wall protesters, she is still teetering on the fence over the issue regarding what will be done to appease the unsettled pro-immigration activists on campus.
“Cornell has yet to indicate that it will accede to the students’ demands for ‘action, but did condemn the incident in an email to the student body,” she wrote in a campus email to students Campus Reform reported. “I am concerned by what is the continued marginalization of many members of the Cornell community. I strongly condemn behavior that is antithetical to our proud history of inclusion, and it is incumbent upon all of us to uphold Cornell’s founding principles.”
However, it is stressed that the whole uproar could be much ado about nothing, as the chant instigating the Leftist backlash is believed to have been started by a liberal mocking the president.
“A source who wishes to remain confidential, however, told Campus Reform that the individual who started the chants was also from the Latinx community, and was just ‘joking around and making fun of [President] Trump,’” Campus Reform’s Neetu Chandak impressed.
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