U. of Arizona protected students who harassed Border Patrol agents until Judicial Watch complained

The Left corrupt everything they touch.

America’s colleges and universities are awash with Leftism. In the case of the University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson, a public, i.e., taxpayer-funded university, its president defended and protected students who harassed, stalked and publicly berated invited U.S. Border Patrol agents, calling them the KKK and “Murder Patrol”.

It was only when Judicial Watch, the Washington, DC-based citizen watchdog group, made a formal complaint that UA President Robert C. Robbins finally relented and acceded to having the students be “formally investigated” for potential violations of the UA Student Code of Conduct.

On March 19, 2019, as part of University of Arizona’s Career Day, two U.S. Border Patrol agents were invited by the university’s Criminal Justice Association to give a class presentation.

Student William Hertel took the brief video below of a group of students chanting “Murder Patrol! Murder Patrol!” outside the open door of the classroom in which the agents were giving their presentation. Incredibly, Hertel, a delicate snowflake, blames the agents. He uploaded the video to YouTube on March 19, with this comment: “My class had to evacuate our class because of these two [Border Patrol agents]. We legit felt uncomfortable having class as this happened.”

As recounted by Judicial Watch, during the Border Patrol agents’ presentation, a student named Denise Mureno-Melchor, a Mexican-American studies major, disrupted class and yelled “Murder Patrol” and profanities in Spanish at the agents, likening the agents to the notorious hate group Ku Klux Klan. Shouting “Murder Patrol!,” she followed the agents for nearly a minute as they walked down a hallway and outside the building to the parking garage. In a video, recorded on her cell phone, Mureno-Melchor proclaims that there are “murderers on campus” as the camera pans on the two Border Patrol agents. “We have the KKK and their supporters here at the U of A,” she says, referring to fellow students in the classroom.

As Judicial Watch puts it:

[U.A. President] Robbins, who earns more than any other university president in Arizona history ($988,000 a year), initially protected the student who harassed and stalked the federal agents. He also seemed more concerned with comforting illegal immigrants on campus than confronting the wrongdoing. In the first statement addressing the ruckus, UA’s president assured that “the university will always protect students’ confidential information, including their immigration status.” Robbins goes on to write that “all members of our campus community should be able to engage with a variety of viewpoints and positions and express themselves as well. That requires we respect others’ right to speech and that they respect ours.”

Judicial Watch held Robbins’ feet to the fire, calling on him to do his job as president by enforcing the Student Code of Conduct. The complaint listed the specific policy that Mureno-Melchor’s behavior appeared to violate, Policy 5-308 of UA’s code of conduct, which clearly states the following: “The educational process is ideally conducted in an environment that encourages reasoned discourse, intellectual honesty, openness to constructive change, and respect for the rights of all individuals.” Judicial Watch’s complaint further points out that the same policy also defines code of conduct acts demonstrated by Mureno-Melchor. The acts include but are not limited to: endangering, fabrication, stalking, causing reasonable apprehension of harm or engaging in conduct or communications that a reasonable person would interpret as a serious expression of intent to harm, unauthorized presences, engaging in discriminatory activities, including harassment and the commission of any offense prohibited by state or federal law or local ordinance.

Under pressure, Robbins changed course days later. He apologized to the U.S. Border Patrol for the student’s atrocious behavior, sources inside the agency told Judicial Watch. Then he got the campus police to do its job. “The incident between the protesting students and the Criminal Justice club members was a dramatic departure from our expectations of respectful behavior and support for free speech on this campus,” Robbins writes in an a follow-up announcement posted on UA’s website. “University police determined today they will be charging two of the students with interference with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution, a misdemeanor.” The student club and the federal agents invited by the students should have been able to hold their meeting without disruption, Robbins writes. “Student protest is protected by our support for free speech, but disruption is not.”

Shuvvu Batta of World Socialist Web Site has a follow-up report, April 8, 2019:

In a vicious attack on free speech last week, three University of Arizona (UA) students were arrested and charged with criminal offenses for verbally “disrupting” a career fair featuring US Border Patrol agents.

Denise Moreno Melchor, a 20-year-old University of Arizona student, alongside fellow students Mariel Alexandra Bustamante, 22, and Marianna Ariel Coles-Curtis, 27, have all been charged by the UA Police with a Class 1 misdemeanor for “interference with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution.” In Arizona, a Class 1 misdemeanor is the most serious misdemeanor offense. It is punishable by up to six months in jail and three years’ probation, along with a $2,500 fine plus surcharges.

UA’s police will also conduct an investigation to uncover more potential criminal violations. Additionally, UA’s Office of the Dean of Students will finally review the students’ potential violations of the Student Code of Conduct, which could result in academic sanctions.

H/t Big Lug

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William

Absolutely breathtaking how they spin this as “a vicious attack on free speech”. Shuvuu Batta, do you have free speech wherever it is you’re from? Wherever that is go back and stay there. Arizona, once a bastion of rock-ribbed conservatism. Now I suppose a flashpoint for the conflict over immigration, legal and otherwise. Now it makes sense as to why Noam Chomsky bailed out of MIT and sought greener pastures at ASU. Bolshevism is already firmly established in MA and he leaves behind “party theoreticians” Like Noel Ignatiev to carry on. Arizona is where the action is

John Molloy
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John Molloy

Academic sanctions would be justified, expulsion more so. President Robbins should look for a job as a kindergarten teacher.

John Beargrass
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John Beargrass

The sad fact is that over 90% of public funded universities are ran by liberal idiots that are actually anti-American.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Slightly off topic because I could not find an FOTM post addressing it but it is about the central american invaders coming here. It’s fun to think about inundating sanctuary cities with the invaders. But be careful what you wish for. It matters not that there are here illegally. If they are placed ANYWHERE in this country they will be counted in the census thereby diverting a corresponding amount of YOUR tax dollars to those areas. While it at first seems to give us what we want, it in fact, gives these traitorous bastards what they want. More money, more… Read more »

Joseph BC69
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Joseph BC69

How very ironic but fitting it would be if one of these protesters was the object of an attack by one of these illegals, nothing severely physical, something befitting the pettiness they’ve shown, such as purse-snatching.

Perhaps then they’d give a 2nd thought to the consequences of their thoughtless behavior.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I had to dig this article out of the “Junk Mail bin” which really ticks me off! I don’t understand why when I have had to retrieve at least 5-6 articles from FOTM that they do not get the hint that this is not Junk Mail. Now, moving on to this article . . . the most glaring fact that hit me when reading it . . . Why would this Noodnik be pulling down wages of $988,000 a year? Judging from his performance, I should think that 25% of that amount should be sufficient compensation for the specific job… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

One really has to ask who he’s working for. It certainly isn’t us or his students. How is it that we end up with hotbeds of leftist activity instead of education? So they collect huge amounts of taxpayer-backed money to indoctrinate the little darlings with Marxist drivel? Are they teaching that educated people shout down those they disagree with? Why are illegals even IN these schools to begin with? Where does the funding come from? Is it too taxpayer-backed? Maybe its time that these schools taught how to become meaningful members of society instead of change agents for Bolshevism. Maybe… Read more »

LoriQ
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LoriQ

I swear these indoctrinated students remind me of the Brown Shirts of the Nazi Reich in the 1930’s. Most people don’t realize that numerous Nazi scientists and such were allowed in the USA under Operation Paperclip. I always wonder if their progeny is in high places of power bringing in the New World Order.