Cornell promotes giving 'direct support' to illegal immigrants
- Cornell will hold virtual “Justice for Migrant Families” meetings each month from September through November.
- The partnering organization said it is committed to assisting “undocumented” migrants.
- The Cornell chapter is focused on providing support to detained people in the Buffalo Federal Detention Center.
Cornell University will hold three monthly virtual “Justice for Migrant Families” meetings starting in September in an effort to provide "direct support for detained people, including visitation, connection to legal aid, reporting abuses, and other forms of advocacy" for illegal immigrants.
JFMF is an organization openly committed to “assisting local undocumented migrants,” according to its website. The Cornell chapter of the group was started in fall 2019 by English Professor and Director of the Department of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Jane Juffer.
JFMF posted to its website "resources" for illegal immigrants, including a list of organizations providing "free legal representation." It also includes a link to an online portal allowing individuals to send money to illegal immigrants in ICE detention centers.
Center for Immigration Studies Director of Communications Marguerite Telford told Campus Reform that although it is commendable that they want to help the needy, at the end of the day, these students are working to help laws be broken.
Telford also highlighted the lack of knowledge regarding the impact of illegal immigration on American jobs.
The Buffalo area has the second-highest unemployment rate in New York, she pointed out.
“It would be lovely if the students put their time and empathy to the Americans in the city who desperately need help finding jobs, food, and lodging,” Telford said. “There are American citizens hurting in the state, and it's not helpful to have people take the jobs and depress the wages.”
Campus Reform reached out to Cornell University for a statement but did not hear back in time for publication.
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