U.S. Customs and Border Protection withdrew from Thursday’s jobs fair at the University of California-Irvine after students complained that the agency’s presence would be insensitive to illegal immigrants.
The decision came earlier this week after 659 students on the campus of nearly 31,000 signed an online petition in two days calling for the Border Patrol to be removed as a participant in the annual Fall Career Fair.
“The undocumented community is directly affected by deportation and detention policies that are carried out by Border Patrol, and having Border Patrol agents on campus is a blatant disregard to undocumented students’ safety and well-being,” said the petition posted on Change.org by student Amy Yu.
She described the U.S.-Mexico border as “an arbitrary boundary line that serves to control migration and contributed to the notion of ‘illegal’ immigration.”
“The fact that UCI has invited an agency known for racial profiling, use of force, and unjustified violence is an act of disrespect and insensitivity and ignores the struggles and needs of the undocumented student community on campus,” Ms. Yu said in the petition.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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