Controversy Sparked by Mock Border Wall at John Carroll University

Homa Bash, ABC 5 Cleveland, April 13, 2016

Two fences on either side of John Carroll University’s campus representing a “mock border wall” are causing controversy on campus and online.

The fences were put up on Monday by a social justice student group as part of a senior project, meant to showcase stories and statistics about the country’s immigration policies and practices.

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But a day after they went up, students said they were vandalized by Donald Trump supporters, who put up their own signs by the fences and then chalked the campus in support of the Republican presidential candidate.

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Tuesday evening, it came to a head. Students said pro-Trump supporters stood on one side of the wall while social justice students joined by Latino groups and others stood across from them debating.

Several social justice students and those in support even slept in front of the wall to keep it safe from vandals.

“It definitely rocked campus. Everyone is talking about it,” said freshman Sydney Black. “It’s getting to the point where it’s almost hostile and everyone on campus is afraid it’s going to turn violent.”

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