Pardes Seleh, Daily Wire, May 13, 2016
Illegal immigrant students at Georgetown University are demanding the keynote speaker for this year’s School of Foreign Service (SFS) commencement ceremony be disinvited because he threatens their safe space. In other words, he might actually enforce the law, which they have been guilty of violating.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is scheduled to speak at Georgetown on Saturday, May 21st, to graduates of the school’s foreign service program. On May 9th, a group of 30 students and members of UndocuHoyas, an illegal immigrant advocacy group, delivered a letter to the University deans asking that they rescind Johnson’s invitation. The students said they believed inviting Johnson “is a step backward from Georgetown’s leadership on undocumented students support.”
In a petition called Stop Secretary Johnson From Receiving An Honorary Degree From Georgetown University, they expressed their dissent to the Department of Homeland Security and demanded the university remove Johnson from their commencement ceremony altogether.
The petition, started by Georgetown alumna Hemly Ordonez, reads:
Johnson’s invitation is an insult to my family, to the myriad of Georgetown alumni from mixed-documented families, and to the undocumented students who are preparing to graduate this month. Graduation is supposed to be a safe, welcoming environment for students and families who have worked so hard to graduate, not a hostile or uncomfortable one.
Georgetown administrators responded Tuesday by releasing a letter inviting illegal immigrant students to meet with them and join in discussion about the issue to “foster even more dialogue.” The letter does not indicate, however, any plans to rescind Johnson’s invitation.