A couple liberal college students thought they were doing their country some good by repeatedly yelling at and verbally harassing two Border Patrol agents visiting their campus rather than engaging in civil debate with them.
Civil debate, it seems, is a fast-dying art on college campuses. Screaming like a tantrum-throwing toddler, apparently, is in.
It all began last month when two Border Patrol agents visited the University of Arizona in Tucson. They were speaking to a student criminal justice club as part of a career fair, according to The Arizona Republic.
That’s when two students decided to stand outside the classroom and verbally accuse the agents of being “the murder patrol,” “murderers,” and affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan, according to the videos published by Campus Reform.
“This is supposed to be a safe space for students, but they allow an extension of the KKK into campus,” a female protester can be heard saying as she filmed the agents through the open doorway.
After she accused the agents of torturing — and possibly killing — illegal immigrants, one of the students in the club invited her to sit in the class and listen to what the Border Patrol had to say. The protester refused and accused two students of calling campus security on her because they’re white and she’s not.
As the agents packed up to leave, the female protester was joined by a second female and repeatedly shouted, “Murder patrol! Murder patrol! Murder patrol!” They followed the agents all the way off campus, bellowing the chant hundreds of times as the men refused to respond to them.
Watch the video below (PARENTAL WARNING: Crude language):
UA President Robert Robbins condemned the protesters’ behavior, but the student government released a statement saying the Border Patrol’s presence of campus was “harmful to our DACA and undocumented community” at the university.
“The student club and the CBP officers invited by the students should have been able to hold their meeting without disruption,” Robbins said. “Student protest is protected by our support for free speech, but disruption is not.”
The university police have now charged 20-year-old Denisse Moreno Melchor and 22-year-old Mariel Alexandra Bustamante with misdemeanors for “interference with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution,” The Guardian reported. Melchor has also been cited for “threats and intimidation.”
In response, students from the Undocumented Students for Education Equity, Young Democratic Socialists of America, the Latino Graduate Student Alliance, and MEChA de ASU protested at Arizona State University in Tempe in solidarity with the students charged at UA.
"We are here because ASU invited Border Patrol to campus. It has made our students, our migrant students, feel unsafe,” the group shouted in unison.
Only a few dozen students showed up for the protest.