How many illegal immigrants attend Cornell University, anyway? After an independent contractor working for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management signed in at the visitor booth Tuesday, word quickly spread that an agent from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was on campus.
OPM, ICE … no wonder the school community was on high alert.
— Santiago R. Arias (@soflosantiago) May 9, 2017
Word is ICE is on Cornell campus. #twithaca
— Adrienne Clay (@adebclay) May 9, 2017
— Lauren Griffin (@LaurenNGriffin) May 9, 2017
— Bryan Riddell (@BryanRiddell) May 9, 2017
— Karla Peña (@p_enaK) May 9, 2017
“'There are so many conflicting sources scaring the s*** out of people,' Vanessa Navarro Rodriguez ’18 told The Sun…'Everyone is scared.'” https://t.co/cGOIWTLZiU
— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) May 10, 2017
After what some are describing as “hours of fear,” President Martha E. Pollack eventually sent a campus-wide email explaining that the government contractor was visiting the Ithaca campus “to conduct a routine background check related to an individual’s application for a job with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”
— The Ithaca Voice (@ithacavoice) May 9, 2017
— Cornell Daily Sun (@cornellsun) May 9, 2017
— Jessica Vaughan (@JessicaV_CIS) May 10, 2017
Campus Reform reports that at least two organizations, the Cornell DREAM Team and La Association Latina, issued warnings to fellow students, as did at least one professor.
Cornell sent into panic by false reports of ICE agent on campus https://t.co/1writEUDkm
— Campus Reform (@campusreform) May 10, 2017
So, it seems all of the panic on campus was sparked by someone applying for a job. That must not be as common as it was back when we were at college.
Why was everyone on campus so on edge? ICE agents had made their presence in the area known a week beforehand:
Ithaca man faces 10 yrs in prison and deportation for possessing fake alien reg card. pic.twitter.com/YXKf3bRc70
— Rosa Goldensohn (@RosaGoldensohn) May 10, 2017
@campusreform If you aren't breaking the law why should you panic? ICE is enforcing our laws.
— J J. (@JJ09377745) May 10, 2017
ICE might be enforcing the law, but Pollack’s email, citing diversity as one of the school’s greatest strengths, made it clear that the university would work “to continually support and defend the most vulnerable among us.”
What do they teach there anyway? Hmm … what’s “America Confronts the World” about? America’s great diversity!
Instructor: Peter J. Katzenstein
Donald Trump and Barak Obama give us two visions of America and of the world: xenophobic nationalism and pragmatic cosmopolitanism. America and the world are thus constituted by great diversity.
Cornell joins the 'resistance' & offers a class called, "America Confronts the World".Discussing Trump's 'xenophobic nationalism' vision. pic.twitter.com/Ap4lWxsTMz
— Corryn Mobley?? (@Corrynmb) May 6, 2017
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Oberlin College students petition to make their school a sanctuary campus inside their sanctuary city https://t.co/Nw7CUewfA1
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 16, 2016