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College Students Protest Over Fears of Trump’s Immigration Policies, But Ignored Obama’s Mass Deportations

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By Andrea Karshan

ABC News reports that according to governmental data, the Obama administration has deported more people than any other president’s administration in history.  But students weren’t walking out of class at that time over immigration.

Now students fear Trump’s upcoming immigration policies and are protesting. As reported by NBC News, students from New York University and other colleges walked out of classes today in protest of Donald Trump’s speculated immigration plans. They demanded to have “sanctuary campuses.”

The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump said during a 60 Minutes interview that he would deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants, who he says have criminal records.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, we have a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” said Donald Trump, President-elect.

Muzzafar Chishti, the director of the Migration Policy Institute’s office in New York, said that Trump’s statements implied a continuation of the current administration’s policy on immigration. The Obama administration deported at least 2.7 million undocumented immigrants, focusing the effort on those who committed crimes. The numbers are not in yet on the number of deportations done during Obama’s last year in office.

So why all this protest now? Why are students and teachers from College of Staten Island now signing a petition to make my college a “sanctuary college”? As stated in the petition:

“Declaring CSI a sanctuary campus would mean that the college will pledge to protect our students, staff, and faculty when they are on campus from deportation, harassment, discrimination, hate speech, targeting by immigration authorities, and/or other forms of identity-based intimidation. This is a concrete action that we can take to demonstrate that the college will defend the rights and safety of our community.”

I ask again, why now?

Here’s my answer to this question. When the Obama administration, led by a Democrat, were deporting everyone the left was silent because the leader of the free world was a Democrat and he was doing it. Now that a Republican might do that same thing as the Democratic President did, the left is ignoring the sins of their own party and pointing fingers at Trump. It doesn’t seem to be as scary and as frightening to them when a fellow leftist is deporting people left and right, now that a Republican is thinking of doing it they are all of a sudden concerned.

I know this doesn’t make much sense and isn’t very logical. But they have made Donald Trump out to be a boggy man. He could repeat Obama’s actions play by play and they would still blame him. Because for them he has become an escape goat because Hillary Clinton lost.

I am not saying Donald Trump is perfect. But much that is said about him is based on speculation, not on facts. If one is going to worry about something, worry about it based on facts, not conjecture.

 

2 Comments

    1. Tzippie

      You are absolutely right. The left did not give Obama a pass on this one. It is unfair to suggest that liberals are being inconsistent on this issue.

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