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Stanford Law Students Stage Walkout During Discussion on Legality of DACA

Stanford Law Students Stage Walkout During Discussion on Legality of DACA

“No human being is illegal”

The speaker said he would discuss “both sides for and against DACA.”

Campus Reform reports:

Law students storm out of ‘purely legalistic’ DACA discussion

Stanford University law students, upset about a “morally affronting” discussion of the arguments for and against the legality of DACA, staged a walkout of the event in protest.

On Feb. 10, Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins spoke at Stanford Law School, sponsored by Stanford’s Federalist Society chapter. After Hawkins began his speech on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, more than half of those in the room got up and left. The purpose of Hawkins’ speech was to discuss the issues of legalities of repealing DACA.

Hawkins stated that he would be covering and arguing both sides for and against DACA.

In October 2018, Stanford and 18 other universities filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in opposition of the Trump administration’s attempt to repeal DACA. The brief lamented that the end of the program would force recipients to “withdraw to the margins of our society and national economy or return to countries that they have never called home.”

The walk-out from Hawkins’ speech was arranged by the Stanford Latinx Law Students Association (SLLSA) along with various other student groups. SLLSA member Raquel Zepeda wrote in an email to law students that the lecture was an “intellectually cheap and morally affronting topic.” In protest, students held posters that read, “No human being is illegal”, and “Everyone is welcome here.”

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Comments

drednicolson | March 4, 2020 at 11:32 am

So open-minded, their brains have fallen out.

The progressive fascists don’t care about the constitution, law or integrity thy just want to win.

I would hate to hire one of these children as my lawyer. Can you imagine how your case would go when your lawyer walks out because the opposing lawyer says something they don’t like?

Throwing tantrums won’t work in a real court of law.

‘In protest, students held posters that read, “No human being is illegal”, and “Everyone is welcome here.” ‘

Unless, of course, you are an unborn child…

“No human being is illegal” is a cheap slogan, because it’s obviously true but irrelevant. Of course no person is illegal. The constitution explicitly bans bills of attainder, which are laws making a person illegal. And those who loosely use the term “illegal” as an insulting noun for illegal immigrants should correct their language. But we all know what they mean. When they call someone “an illegal” they mean he is an illegal immigrant, i.e. a perfectly legal person who has immigrated illegally. “Illegal immigrant” is just as valid a term as “illegal driver” or “illegal pharmacist”, meaning someone who drives illegally or who sells drugs illegally; the person is not illegal but the thing he does is.

(“Illegal alien” is also not a correct expression; what people mean by it is an alien who is illegally here. But it’s not as bad as plain “Illegal”, because it does refer to what the person is doing illegally.)

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