Eight Arrested Following Protest for Tuition Equality for Undocumented Students

Jennifer Calfas et al., Michigan Daily, April 17, 2013

Led by a University Police officer, Public Policy senior Kevin Mersol-Barg crossed State Street, hands cuffed behind his back. Before entering the squad car, he uttered a few words as chants advocating in-state tuition equality were echoed across the street.

“We won’t rest until tuition equality is passed,” he said.

Mersol-Barg—who is a columnist at The Michigan Daily—was one of eight protesters arrested after blocking traffic for around 30 minutes outside the Michigan Union at State Street and South University Avenue. About 40 people originally impeded traffic, though many retreated as officers from the University and Ann Arbor Police Departments approached. The arrested include six University students.

In a protest organized by One Michigan—a Detroit-based organization led by undocumented youth and allies—students and community members gathered in front of the Union to call attention to University policy on undocumented students’ tuition rates. A press release for the demonstration said students were “risking arrest” to demand in-state rates for Michigan’s undocumented residents.

At about $12,000 per year, in-state tuition is nearly $28,000 less than out-of-state rates.

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Members of the University’s Coalition for Tuition Equality participated in the event to support One Michigan, although the two groups are not affiliated. The event occurred as administrators continue to discuss possible changes to University residency policy.

University Police spokeswoman Diane Brown said the UMPD dispatch center received several calls at about 6:28 p.m. — including one from a University bus driver — after the students went into the street.

“Several chose to comply, and these eight got arrested,” Brown said. “They were very cooperative—they were arrested, brought to our office, processed and released.”

Brown said charges against the students won’t be clear until prosecutors review the case, but could include disorderly conduct, disobeying a police officer or impeding traffic. When asked whether prosecutors could choose to dismiss the case, she said it’s “possible, but hard to say,” noting that the students were clearly disobeying the law.

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Before taking to the streets, three local youth said they were unable to attend the University due to the tuition policy shared their stories to inspire the crowd before the march.

Javier Contreras, a senior at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, was admitted to the University but remains unsure if he can attend due to the high cost as an undocumented student. Contreras was born in Mexico, but has lived in the city since he was four years old.

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After the speakers shared their stories, the protesters marched to President Coleman’s house on South University Avenue, shouting, “Education not segregation.”

When protesters moved to the intersection of State Street and South University Avenue, immediately clogging traffic, horns blared and drivers yelled out car windows. Some drivers supported the protest, but yelled for them to clear the road.

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  • rick

    Liberals love to use emotionally loaded catch phrases like “marriage equality” “climate change” and now apparently “tuition equality” to promote their causes. Having a rational, level headed, adult-like conversation about the issues always leaves them on the losing side so instead they resort to name calling and the use of feel-good zingers.

    • bigone4u

      Like I say in another post on Amren today, by controlling the language the left controls the mind. Who could be against “equality” and call himself a decent and fair person. So you have cut to the heart of the matter by talking about the words they use.

    • anonymous_amren

      A rational, level headed, adult-like conversation would be wasted on you, since you are as incapable of rationality, level-headedness, and adult-like behavior as they are.

      You need to start reading the science, and accepting responsibility for your actions, rather than shooting the messenger on important scientific issues like global warming.

  • guest

    I moved to California at age 17 and attended college there, paying out-of-state tuition because I was not considered a resident of the state till after having lived there for one year.

    And yet illegal aliens could be at the same university and in the same classes and paying MUCH lower in-state tuition.

    It’s unadulterated madness.

    • Anon12

      Illegals pay NOTHING to begin with, no matter what State they live in. The whole lie that they “pay” the same as in state students do is false. They all get their government paid grants! Meaning we White taxpayers are giving it away free.

      • http://twitter.com/LavMenace Crystal Lee Evans

        Not true at all. The only states where illegals can get state funded financial aid is New Mexico, Texas and California. They are not eligible for federal financial aid. Many of them get private scholarships that do not require US citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency.

        • America First

          Hispandering traitors are not limited to New Mexico, Texas and California. See what the New York State Democrats (who run the state) are up to:

          http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/nyregion/new-york-legislators-propose-giving-illegal-immigrants-access-to-college-financial-aid.html?_r=0

        • Anon12

          You need to do a little more research. Illegals GET everything free, even $1000 for each “child” they can rake up in Mexico. There are many cases where these squatters are raking in $10,000 a YEAR just for working a few weeks and claiming all these “child care” credits!

          They don’t even need to have the fake social security numbers for those kids who live in MEXICO! They claim neices and nephews in Mexico. Now tell me again what they aren’t eligible for?

  • thoughtcrime

    Insanity. Pure insanity.
    I have also read that Obongo wants to have the G,I. Bill that gives college assist to enlisted done away with so that he can give that money for illegals to go to college for free. That is nothing less than treason.

  • http://twitter.com/LavMenace Crystal Lee Evans

    Even if they were granted in state tuition, many of them could not afford it because they come from low income families. The next thing that they want is access to financial aid that they are not entitled to. These kids actually think that they are Americans even though they have no papers.

    • guest

      FOR CERTAIN PURPOSES—such as receiving some form of benefit—they consider themselves Americans with all the rights (and then some) of citizenship. But I’d bet that they’re loyal to their own nation, culture, and heritage first.

      • http://twitter.com/LavMenace Crystal Lee Evans

        You are right. Every time I see one of their protests on tv, I see them carrying the Mexican flag. I think if they want to be Americans, they need to carry the American flag and leave the Mexican flag at home.

        • Bill

          They DID that in the big rally in Chicongo the last time amnesty came up. First it was a field of Mexican flags as far as the eye could see. That caused a huge backlash on the news and across the country. The VERY NEXT day the same stubbies were out in the same force, and ALL of them were carrying the American flag. What flag they carry means nothing to them. They know in their hearts they are here to conquer America in the name of Mexico, and their loyalty will always be to Mexico.

          • bigone4u

            Mesicans are like cattle. If their leaders told them to carry the Nazi flag, they would.

          • Anon12

            LOL! I remember that! All of a sudden the American flags were passed out…..who do they think they are kidding? Whites like us know the score.

        • Greg Thomas

          They are not here to be Americans, they are here for reconquista. That’s very clear.

        • Anon12

          I see them BURNING American flags while sitting their squatty behinds on our soil.

    • The__Bobster

      There already ARE special scholarships for the invaders in some states.

      • http://twitter.com/LavMenace Crystal Lee Evans

        I have heard about a scholarship at Santa Ana College that was named after a former student who was an illegal. The scholarship was for an illegal alien student. But with the exception of New Mexico, Texas and California, they are not eligible for state funded financial aid. They are not eligible for federal financial assistance.

        • Greg Thomas

          This is not surprising. Have you ever been to Santa Ana. It’s at the heart of reconquista.

        • Anon12

          Yes they are eligible for PELL GRANTS!

    • Anon12

      Even if they had “papers” they will never be citizens in my eyes…Many people in this country fit that bill in my eyes. All I have to do is go to any store, drive down the street and look at all these people that call themselves Americans, and I shiver.

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        I agree. Anchor babies may be considered “legal citizens” by the federal government, but I do not consider them to be. To me, they are every bit as illegal as their parents.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          I think the term you are looking for is “fruit of a poison tree”.

        • Anon12

          Even most “legal” immigrants since 1965 are NOT what I will ever call Americans and that was all done on purpose to destroy our race and nation.

    • Anon12

      They ALREADY get financial aid. That is what it was all about!

  • Secret Tribunal

    One day soon, Whites will gather in mass at a community Interfaith prayer service and beg for forgiveness from the Illegal Diversity for how long it took us to evolve our thinking far enough to see the justice in giving away everything we earned to them just because they were courageously transformative enough to break our outdated, xenophobic, and racist immigration laws.

    Undocumented Diversity “pushed” us to do the right thing, and now we move forward together as we embrace a better future for all.

    • dave1163sag

      What part of illegal dont you understand? If you hate this country so much, maybe move to Israel and see how they treat non-jews. Did you ever think you are the racist for forcing illegal immigration on law abiding citizen?

      • The__Bobster

        It’s sarcasm, Dave.

        • Bill

          Went well over his head.

        • Jane Johnson

          Thanks for the confirmation, Bob. I had to read it twice just to be sure @ the sarcasm. I thought that Salon piece from yesterday(?) was satire….but no. sigh.

      • Katherine McChesney

        .

    • Greg Thomas

      Is that you Jed?

      • Anon12

        Of course it is…He always has those colored weird ……

  • The__Bobster

    In a protest organized by One Michigan—a Detroit-based organization led by undocumented youth and allies—students and community members gathered in front of the Union to call attention to University policy on undocumented students’ tuition rates.
    __________

    Why do I get the feeling that Soros money is subsidizing this group?

  • The__Bobster

    Mersol-Barg—who is a columnist at The Michigan Daily—was one of eight protesters arrested after blocking traffic for around 30 minutes outside the Michigan Union at State Street and South University Avenue.
    __________

    This traitor needs to be fired ASAP.

  • evilsandmich

    I’m not keeping those losers from paying for illegal’s tuition.
    Obviously they are protesting their lack of desire to pay for it themselves, and their tyrannical desire to get me to pay for it instead.

    • mobilebay

      I think higher education in Mexico is free. Why do they feel they have to come here and demand one from us? Our government has danced to Mexico’s tune for so long they’ll be happy to help in the matter…on the taxpayers backs.

  • So CAL Snowman

    I’ve noticed that illegal immigrant invaders tend to be on the short side when compared to Whites and blacks. Perhaps they need some “height” equality as well.

    • http://twitter.com/LavMenace Crystal Lee Evans

      Most of these Latinos tend to be Indians or part Indian. These people are short to begin with.

      • Anon12

        They are squatty looking, period.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Isn’t that why some posters here call them ‘squat’?

  • Bill

    Shouldn’t one of the charges be illegal entry into the US? I forgot. It’s commie-fornia. They WELCOME their own dispossession by squat monsters.

    • http://twitter.com/LavMenace Crystal Lee Evans

      I thought that they would have to pay a fine according to this new Immigration Reform bill because they entered the country illegally or overstayed their tourist visas.

      • Anon12

        Have you EVER heard of any Visa holder or illegal PAY a fine for anything? That is a crock and most of us already knew that. Even legal immigrants are a public charge as soon as they get here! Especially their elderly parents who head for the SSA office! I don’t care what insanity they write into the “laws” immigrants NEVER pay anything they are suppose to pay and they sure as heck don’t have ANY sponsor that supports them! It is all a gimmick being played on White Americans .

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      Our (former) Golden State is already deep mestizo territory. The Trojans brought the horse inside the walls long ago, and now the Greeks are opening the gates for the sacking…

  • bigone4u

    I’ve been out of the loop on this issue for several years, but at the University of Texas at San Antonio there is a giant ugly offensive statue in the quad honoring “wetbacks.” The entire University of Texas System, which strongly advocates Affirmative Action, was also strongly in favor of giving illegals cheap or even free tuition. More warm bodies in the classrooms, even illegal ones, means more money for the system. The pockets being picked are of course mostly white taxpayers. Texas is also into appeasing the government of Mexico, which loves it when Mexicans can cross the border every day to attend class at UT-El Paso on scholarships paid for by Texans.

    • Anon12

      You need to call Glen Beck….He moved to Texas and thinks Texas is the best place to move……bet he doesn’t even think there are all these illegals in Texas and are getting freebies from the taxpayers in Texas…

      • bigone4u

        I liked Beck until he started the crying and other crazy nonsense. He’s right about a lot of things, but he’s deluded about others.

        • Anon12

          There are a few subjects that I totally disagree with him on. Especially his insane support of Israel and MLK and the “black founding fathers” he spent a couple of weeks promoting. His latest and his proof about the Boston bombers though is excellent. Everyone needs to listen to his radio program this morning. He most certainly does not believe pour government nor the MS media. Neither do I….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Hillyard/100000971153370 Mark Hillyard

    It’s no wonder God told the Israelites to drive the Hittites et al out of the land because they would become a nuisance and “like a thorn in your side”.
    Why do these beggars think it is their right to demand anything of us. We should really take control somehow.
    Right now I think Joseph Farah’s call for a National Day of Prayer and Fasting “Then I will heal your land.” is in order. They are far to entrenched and our politicians are far to dumb or treasonous to do anything about them. We’ve been taken and now we are up against a rock. We must turn to our Rock.
    Check out the National Day of Prayer on WND and sign up. It’s only a one day event come Sept 11, 2013. We can all give that little bit, can’t we?

    • Anon12

      The problem with the NDP is that the mainstream White Christians haven’t a clue of WHO they are in Christ. So they are not even going to have a clue of WHAT and WHO they should be praying for To heal our land means form the racial aliens and for our people to get back to God and His Laws for His people (us).

  • Greg Thomas

    Illegal invadersmust be laughing at all the brain washed White liberals, aiding and abetting their invasion. These ignorant kids are trying to buy the rope that will
    eventually be used to lynch them.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    The funny part is, once illegals and anchor babies actually get into college, most drop out within the first semester or two. They’re wasting all this energy on gaining entrance to colleges that they’re just going to drop out of.

    Judging from the average Hispanic IQ of 89, they probably don’t realize this, but the white elites backing them certainly do. It’s just another way to suck even more money from whitey and to put even more pressure on the government and the public to approve amnesty.

    “But these young, vibrant entrepreneurs went to college in America! If you send them home, you’ll be losing so much opportunity! After all we’ve invested in them already, we can’t just let their home countries get them! We have to pass immigration reform so they can start creating businesses and jobs for Americans!”

    Note that this is the same argument given for why we need to let all the legal immigrant students have work visas (and eventually, presumably, citizenship) after they complete their schooling here.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      As an undergrad at Santa Cruz, I knew an illegal alien wetback. Sure enough, he dropped out after his first semester.

  • WhiteGuyInJapan

    When I moved across the US, I waited a year until I established residency in my new state. Delayed finishing my BA, but allowed me to qualify for in-state tuition.

    What a sucker. Feel pretty stupid after reading news like this.

  • mobilebay

    These young people need to be sent to their rooms… in whatever country they came from

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    It’s time for our government to remember its mandate: not our citizens, not our responsibility. The only “entitlement” these modern day Visigoths deserve is an un-airconditioned bus back across el Rio Grande. Adios!

  • nobody

    They must be very proud of themselves, getting arrested in order to defend a group of people who would slit their throat and leave them to die in a gutter for a very minimal amount of personal gain.