Prof calls for public shaming of US Border Patrol so they quit their jobs
A human rights professor called for the public shaming of U.S. border agents for committing a “mass atrocity” against detained illegal immigrants.
Kate Cronin-Furman, a professor of human rights at University College London, wrote in a New York Times op-ed that the public should shame individual U.S. Border Patrol agents to pressure them to quit doing their jobs.
“The identities of the individual Customs and Border Protection agents who are physically separating children from their families and staffing the detention centers are not undiscoverable,” Cronin-Furman wrote in the op-ed. “Immigration lawyers have agent names; journalists reporting at the border have names, photos and even videos. These agents’ actions should be publicized, particularly in their home communities.”
“The knowledge, for instance, that when you go to church on Sunday, your entire congregation will have seen you on TV ripping a child out of her father’s arms is a serious social cost to bear,” the professor continued, stressing that she was not arguing for doxxing. “The desire to avoid this kind of social shame may be enough to persuade some agents to quit and may hinder the recruitment of replacements.”
The professor argued that Border Patrol agents are likely to commit what she termed atrocities not out of ideological commitment, but mere desire for a paycheck. She suggested these officers have a “lack of personal investment,” making them “much more susceptible to pressure than national leaders.”
The professor likened her plan to World War II in Denmark, where social pressure from churches helped the country disobey Nazi orders to deport Jewish citizens.
“Children are suffering and dying,” Cronin-Furman said. “The fastest way to stop it is to make sure those responsible, including the foot soldiers, face consequences.”
The professor’s op-ed comes after Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared the illegal immigrant detention centers on the southern border to concentration camps.
“The people on the border aren't forced to be there - they go there on their own will,” 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Ed Mosberg told the New York Post, regarding AOC’s comments. “If someone doesn't know the difference, either they're playing stupid or they just don't care.”
Polish Parliament member Dominik Tarczynski later invited AOC to view a real Holocaust concentration camp, “so that she may see that scoring political points with [i]nflamed rhetoric is unacceptable in our contemporary Western societies.”
Campus Reform previously asked students at the George Washington University for thoughts regarding AOC’s comments, and even they said that “concentration camp” is not the appropriate term.
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