Dartmouth College Republicans told to ‘f*** right off’ for ‘racist’ pro-ICE statement
A conservative student group received backlash over social media after releasing a statement in support of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with students telling the group to “f*** right off.”
The situation stemmed from Dartmouth College’s official statement regarding routine ICE border checkpoint activity that occurred in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
“Checkpoint activity in a rural area far from an international border is unnecessary and sends a message at odds with the open and welcoming values of an institution like Dartmouth,” the statement reads. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to maintaining an environment free of harassment and discrimination based on immigration or citizenship status.”
Jeff Sharlet, a Dartmouth English professor, also warned students about the border checkpoint.
“International students are arriving [Dartmouth] today & what do you know: Border Control has set up a nearby checkpoint, pulling over cars for searches, & ICE is (apparently) stopping local busses, boarding w/ dogs & demanding ID papers,” he tweeted.
Dartmouth College Republicans (DCR) responded Friday to the college’s original statement with a statement of their own.
“While we agree with Dartmouth's stated position that immigration and security are important national issues, we condemn their flagrant disregard for the rule of law in favor of what they call ‘open and welcoming values,’” its statement reads. “The Dartmouth College Republicans support legal immigration to this great country, but those that cut the line and cheat the process should not be rewarded or protected for doing so.”
The chapter continued to say that it “stand[s] strongly with the men and women of law enforcement, and we fully support the work of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” calling Dartmouth’s statement “irresponsibly and shamelessly alleging the immorality of Federal law enforcement.”
The DCR received backlash for this statement over social media.
“DCR can f*** right off with this racist nonsense,” Dartmouth student Teddy Hill-Weld said on Facebook.
“While we may not agree with your opinion or strong language, we’re always glad for feedback and to see that other students are passionate about these issues,” the DCR commented back. “If you and/or some friends would like to discuss our differing positions, a few members of the CRs team will happily join you. Regardless, thank you for sharing your view. Best of luck with your fall term!”
Another student, Juan Lainez Iscoa, replied “hey f*** you” to the conservative group.
“F*** those racist bastards,” another individual wrote.
“College conservative groups are some of the most overtly racist people in the U.S.,” another user added.
Daniel Bring, chairman of the DCR, told Campus Reform that this response was “egregious.”
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