Seattle University School of Law has suspended a law school externship program with Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of student pressure over the agency’s treatment of immigrants.
Students began pressuring school officials to end their partnership with ICE after the agency participated in the school’s externship fair last month, Campus Reform reported.
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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, commonly known as ICE, is no longer welcome at the Seattle University School of Law due to its “current policies and practices.” The school has announced that it has suspended an externship program law students were previously able to participate in for course credit and work experience after concerns were raised to school administrators that ICE’s presence on campus could frighten undocumented students.
According to the Seattle Times, a third-year law student named Alex Romero, who hopes to become an immigration lawyer, spotted ICE reps at an externship fair table in September and was unnerved by it. The Romero complained to administrators that this might scare undocumented students and said ICE’s presence runs counter to the school’s mission.
The school, a Jesuit Catholic private university, didn’t immediately make a decision about the program. Romero told the school newspaper, the Seattle Spectator, that he “prepared arguments on why this is inappropriate at our school and contrary to our mission and a list of other arguments.”
“The law school weighed the argument [that] the school has an ample responsibility to provide different options for different students and weighed it heavier than my arguments,” he added. Romero, however, started a petition and heightened pressure from additional students resulted in the school siding with his argument. More
It’s all about feelings. They feel “unsafe” because they broke the law. Try not breaking the law and see how that works.
Rather than adjusting their program because of the possible reactions of illegal aliens, the illegal immigrants should be deported.
What kind of university boycotts an organization helping secure our borders? What kind of law student can’t comprehend the rule of law? Please share your thoughts below.
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