University of Arizona Students Face Criminal Charges Protesting Border Patrol on Campus

Two students at the University of Arizona will be charged with misdemeanors, following protests of a Border Patrol event on campus, the president of the university, Robert Robbins, announced Friday. The charges come from a protest at a Customs and Border Protection event with the Criminal Justice Association on March 19.

A video of the protest showed Border Patrol agents giving a presentation, while people were standing and recording the event outside the door. As the agents leave the classroom, they are followed until they leave campus, with one person chanting “Murder Patrol.”

University police decided Friday that they will be charging the students with “interference with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution.” The charge could mean a Class 1 misdemeanor that could result in six months in jail.

The students are scheduled to appear in the court in Pima county on April 22, 2019.

Members of the school’s student government released a letter saying unannounced visits to campus by Border Patrol were “unacceptable. The letter states, “Students should be notified in advance of Border Patrol visits to campus.”

A group of DACA recipients at the school wrote that they are in “full support” of the students who spoke out against Border Patrol being on campus.



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