Friday, October 30, 2015
Fox News picked up on this story. Accusing the Border Patrol of “unjust killings, …. racial profiling, use of force, and unjust violence,” protesters at University of California, Irvine succeeded in stopping the Border Patrol from taking part in an Oct. 22 career fair.
"We regret to inform the community that out of concern for the safety of CBP Recruitment Officers, U.S. Customs & Border Protection will no longer be participating in the UCI Fall Career Fair,” a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman told FoxNews.com, instead referring students to the agency’s recruitment website.
The move followed a Change.org petition drive. The petition claimed “having Border Patrol agents on campus is a blatant disregard to undocumented students’ safety and well-being” and is insulting to “mixed-status families.” The petition claimed the mere presence of Border Patrol representatives could prove traumatic for students.
UCI’s administration was “prepared to take every step necessary to ensure their safety and the safety of the attendees,” said a university spokeswoman, adding that the university never received any threats to safety.