Michigan State University, commonly referred to as MSU by most of the student body, has quite the overzealous, and quite frankly, moronic club in its midst attempting to create campus legislation that would essentially make anti-ICE liberals feel good while basically accomplishing nothing.
The East Lansing, Michigan university, having been around since 1855, has managed to get so “progressive” that in turn they’ve started to become regressive from a logical standpoint.
The university’s student government recently passed a bill requiring the university to notify them anytime U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are going to be on campus. The irony is, ICE doesn’t really have an obligation to let the university know if they’re arriving in a capacity to fulfill their duties.
This whole imbecilic move started out as a panicked response to some of the student body seeing ICE agents on the campus and then posting their sightings on social media.
What made the whole freak-out scenario that ensued so hilarious of a knee-jerk reaction was that the agents in question were simply there to attend some courses.
Specifically, they were joining the three-day course “The role of U.S. Customs and Border Protections in supply chain security programs, the importing process, trade agreements and related legislation”, which was confirmed by MSU School of Journalism.
Emily Guerrant, the MSU spokeswoman, also said ICE officials were scheduled to be on campus the next day to speak to classes in the Broad Business College about career opportunities. Nothing that is terribly uncommon, seeing that armed forces recruiters come to high schools doing similar activities.
Considering the aforementioned, it would make sense that Federal Law Enforcement agencies arrive on campuses to describe career opportunities to soon-to-be college graduates.
Still, the mere presence of ICE agents on campus created enough dread and apprehension among some MSU students that the student government, officially known as the Associated Students of Michigan State University, felt the need to intervene.
The ASMSU passed a bill that requires the university to notify students two weeks in advance if ICE agents are going to be on campus, WILX reported.
Ryan Aridi, a student at the school, had thoughtfully pointed out that the 2011 memo from ICE that described operating in “sensitive areas” like schools doesn’t require ICE to notify the university that they’re coming.
Ryan Aridi stated:
“Upon my one-to-two-hour analysis of the memorandum, in that section that it outlines permission and who is responsible for giving permission, I did not get [that the university must be notified] from the text. It actually has a full sentence that lists who has to give permission, and they’re all basically different governmental directors or agencies that are in charge of ICE and border security.”
Essentially, Ryan Aridi was the only one cognizant enough to notice that the efforts from the student government might not be much more than mere virtue-signaling at it’s greatest. He expanded upon why it’s moot to even have passed the legislation:
“It’s very important, because when we pass legislation and such, we need to think about all the context. This is my conjecture — [ICE] likely wouldn’t even contact MSU, they would just kinda show up, grab their targets, and then leave as quietly and as secretly as possible… can MSU realistically enforce anything like [this bill]? I’m personally very doubtful, seeing as [ICE] is a government agency and such.”
ASMSU President Mario Kakos had the following to say about the bill passing:
“ASMSU represents all students, and that includes undocumented students, so we’re interested in their safety and well-being in order to learn in a proactive and productive environment.
This shows that we stand in solidarity with students, allies, undocumented or otherwise that we do hear their concerns, we do support them. You know, this all transpired in less than 24 hours, so we definitely plan on working more to ensure that in future cases or scenarios that may occur that we have a process in order to avoid as much mass hysteria as possible.”
It pains me to know that these folks like Mario Kakos are going to be known as “educated” while roaming around doing the most frivolous and pointless acts that they feel they can and should control.
This young man has got a hard lesson to learn: the police, and that includes any federal police, do not need to give anyone the “heads-up” that they’re dropping by to arrest or detain someone. When you have, or are actively breaking any law, no one needs to warn you that they’re coming to arrest you for it. That’s literally common sense.
Still, in the wake of the utter snowflakery, an organization called Dream MSU called on the university to have the school declared a sanctuary campus. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but I fathom it means you should call ICE when you suspect someone is illegally present in the country while on campus.
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Over the weekend, Law Enforcement Today reported about a surprise announcement by the Oregon State Police that they’d be ending their policing relationship with Oregon State University after more than 30 years of working directly with the school.
It only took a couple of hours before the emails started coming in:
“I have been a professor here for more than 10 years. We didn’t want you pigs here anyway. You racists in uniform are doing more to intimidate and harass the developing minds of these young adults than you are doing any good. Screw off.”
Students celebrated the announcement as well, apparently.
“My parents didn’t pay for me to come here to be babysat by a militarized force. Don’t they have some unarmed people somewhere else in the state to go shoot?”
The anonymous commentary probably does more to reaffirm their decision to leave than anything else.
The agency made the announcement Wednesday, just two days after state police officials released the arresting officer’s body cam video footage showing an Oregon State Police campus officer’s arrest of a black, female student.
The video itself was in excess of 30 minutes and showcases everything from the cited traffic related infraction and subsequent arrest for failure to comply with a lawful order.
The statement provided by the Oregon State Police mentioned the rationale behind ending their relationship with the university:
“Considering our statewide obligations and concern for the safety of our own employees, the Oregon State Police has opted to allow our contract with OSU to lapse at year’s end, after the current contractual period expires.
Assigned personnel will be distributed to neighboring patrol offices to address vacancies. At the university’s request, we will extend our contract until June 30, 2020. This will allow OSU to supplant OSP resources in a measured, considerate manner.”
The officer interview and subsequent arrest became contentious when the young woman, later identified as Genesis Hansen, 21, refused to oblige the officers request for identification.
Police say she stated that she didn’t believe she had to provide her information and that she contested that she had committed any traffic infraction worthy of a citation.
Students who witnessed the arrest and recorded it on video questioned the amount of force police used to take the woman into custody. Not surprisingly, the NAACP denounced law enforcement’s actions.
— Genesis (@Genesis_Pegasus) October 14, 2019
All things considered, the initial officer and backup that had arrived after the suspect had shown blatant passive resistance showed tremendous patience while navigating the rouse that was being doled out by the suspect.
While people think of resisting arrest as something of a physical nature, passive resistance is defined as someone not being combative in their refusal to obey a police officer’s lawful orders while being questioned.
The officer’s patience was clearly wearing thin at around the 18-minute mark of the video after hearing Hansen proclaiming she’s a victim of targeting due to her being a “woman of color”; even earlier during the interaction between Hansen and the officer, he had mentioned that he was originally considering giving a warning for the alleged traffic infraction.
However, at this point in the discussion, he simply wanted her identification in order for him to complete his citation for the violation. The officer then provided the ultimatum of Hansen either providing her identification to the officers or that she’ll be placed under arrest.
Hansen, at roughly the 21-minute mark of the body cam footage, responded:
“I don’t answer questions.”
The officers responded by initially reaching for her hand in order to apply handcuffs while stating she’s under arrest. At that point, Hansen began pulling away from the officers attempts to lawfully detain her and was then brought to the ground by the officers who were able to apply the handcuffs without much effort.
A police expert told KATU News that legally the officer was within his rights to ask for identification, adding that the student was in fact resisting.
The news outlet asked Oregon State Police if the decision to end its contract with the university was at all related to the recent arrest of Genesis Hansen. The agency responded by saying it had “no further statement at this time.”
Oregon State University Vice President Steve Clark said Wednesday that the Oregon State Police told them that they made a decision to prioritize their staffing and at no point in that decision did the arrest of Genesis Hansen come up.
The Oregon State Police said it will continue providing law enforcement services to the college until next summer.