UC Merced College Republicans say they were harassed for anti-illegal immigration display

College Republicans at the University of California, Merced received threats, condemnation, after the immigration-themed tables.


College Republicans at the University of California, Merced campus said they were harassed last week, after the setting of a provocative anti-illegal immigration display.

The conservative students said that others on the campus and threatened them with violence, and the administration has not only failed to do anything, but she condemned also.

The College Republicans incurred the wrath of a number of students after setting up a table on campus to promote an anti-illegal immigration agenda in the famous liberal state. The table signs with slogans such as “I Love Undocumented Firearms” and “ICE ICE Baby” and refers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It also had a phone number for the federal immigration authorities.

College Republicans at the University of California, Merced said they were harassed for their display.


Students at the school, which is proud for having a large number of students who are illegal immigrants, reacted angrily. A bunch of student protesters faced with the Republican group of students, chanting things such as “immigration not deportation.” The exchange grew so heated, police were eventually called.

And the attacks against the group not at the end, the students said.

“10 screenshots and I punch him,” an opposing student wrote on Snapchat.

“When I walk by and I see ICE, ICE Baby, I want your sock in your face,” another protester said the College Republicans in a video posted on YouTube.

The members of the group said that, instead of trying to protect them, the UCM Chancellor Dorothy Leland, a strong advocate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the sanctuary campuses, condemned.

“It troubles me to think that what is in our Bobcat family wants the damage on [undocumented students] and that through their speech, they would deliberately introduce additional stress and anxiety in their students’ lives, ” Leland said in the statement. “UC Merced is committed to doing everything in its power to enable our students without papers to their education.”

The chancellor has that the college has the most undocumented students on the campus of a UC schools. She claims that the College Republicans violated the UC Merced Principles of Community, says the signs were clearly intended to create an undesirable environment for our nearly 600 students without papers.”

But the members of the College Republicans say they were the ones that were actually subjected to “an unpleasant environment.”

“Freedom of expression is the foundation of an open society. A university is where someone challenges their beliefs by being exposed to different ones,” UCMCR President Harrison Duran told Campus Reform. “ICE keeps order and ensures that the rights of citizens not the rights of those of a foreign nation.”

UCM spokesman James Leonard defended the minister’s statement. He said that the provocative drawing by the College Republicans were not trying to start peaceful discussions on the campus, but instead are hateful messages to intimidate and stir up students on the campus.

“Many members of our campus community suspect that a number of recent actions went beyond the expression of political views and rose to the level of a direct threat to individuals,” Leonard told Fox News. “Any claims of direct, personal threats, by anyone, against anyone — will be investigated by the campus administration to determine whether the Code of Student Conduct was violated.”

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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