Free expression and an open exchange of ideas are not treasured values on American college campuses these days. That’s by no means a new observation, but the latest example drives it home especially bluntly.
Campus Reform recently went to the campus of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas to interview students about what sort of security the United States should have on our southern border, if any.
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Immediately, it was clear the vast majority of students at Trinity were no fans of Trump’s proposal for a border wall […]
So what exactly would opponents of the wall like to see instead?
While some simply advocated for increased security, others immediately turned to “open borders” as the solution.
Claiming it would lead to “more mixing of cultures” and even the playing field for disadvantaged people in other countries, multiple students vehemently offered their support for the concept.
Do you think any of these kids has any idea that Israel’s border fence has been wildly successful? (Oh wait, bad example; being college students they probably think Israel’s fence is a sign that they’re Nazis) Or that back in 2006, scores of top Democrats — including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and Joe Biden — voted to fund a barrier on the border?
I’m pretty sure I could hear my individual brain cells screaming in agony as I watched that. At no point in the video’s two and a half minutes do the responses get any more thoughtful or informed. Nor does a single student express support for a border wall.
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That is, nobody expresses support for a border wall while on camera. Campus reform notes that “a few admitted off-camera that they like the idea of a wall, [but] they refused to offer support for it on the record, citing fears that others on campus would ostracize them.” Numerous lefty students felt perfectly free to make complete fools of themselves, but more conservative-minded students were afraid of a backlash for expressing their opinions.
This demonstrates not only just how bad groupthink has gotten in higher education, but also why opinion polls on illegal immigration need to be taken with a grain of salt. As the Cato Institute (which is itself decidedly pro-amnesty) found in a survey last fall, 58% of Americans — including 73% of Republicans and 58% of independents — don’t feel free to publicly admit all of their political views in the current political climate (a majority of Democrats, by contrast, feel no such pressure). And when it comes to this particular issue, “80% of liberals say it’s hateful or offensive to say illegal immigrants should be deported; only 36% of conservatives agree.”
Oh, and while we’re on the subject of border security, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies warns that increasing the use of technology such as drones is no substitute for a comprehensive border barrier, and that even the wall is just the beginning of the security holes we need to fill:
The final language of the Grassley/White House bill hasn’t been introduced yet, but to give a few examples from what have been reported of non-Wall enforcement provisions, in no particular order: Loopholes making it harder to remove Unaccompanied Alien “Children” would be filled; visitors who overstay visas by more than 30 days would be subject to expedited deportation; drunk driving would be specifically added to the grounds for deportation; dangerous criminals whose countries refuse to take them back will no longer have to be released; and local jurisdictions that honor an ICE “detainer” and hold deportable aliens for ICE pick-up would be protected from the ACLU’s anti-border lawfare.
The Grassley bill does omit some needed changes; specifically, it does not address the weaknesses in our asylum system, which increase pressure on the border. It also does not mandate E-Verify, though it does reauthorize it permanently, eliminating the opportunity for anti-borders forces to try to kill it every time it comes up for reauthorization.
What do you think the odds are we can plug all these holes before the likes of Trinity University churn out another generation’s worth of uninformed voters?
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