I am responding to last week’s letter written by a former organization president that was published in this paper regarding me and the Temple College Republicans.
I would like to take issue with the author’s assertion that the College Democrats and Temple Student Government speak on behalf of all Temple students when it comes to popular opinion and the DREAM Act.
Several years ago Temple Student Government, Temple Democrats, Students for Environmental Action and other fringe organizations supported the so-called “Green Fee,” claiming that students supported the tuition-increase plan. Contrary to their talking points, less than 10 percent of the student body supported this plan’s petition. The Green Fee was tabled after administrators realized how misguided it was. Their support of the DREAM Act in this case is no different.
The facts are that the DREAM Act gives in-state tuition to illegal aliens and grants blanket amnesty to those illegally here who meet a certain criteria. She may not like to admit it, but illegal means illegal. If we have laws and are unwilling to enforce them, do we even have a criminal justice system, at all? Title 8 of United States Code clearly defines what it means to be an illegal alien, not the beliefs of certain organizations on campus that would like to disregard those laws.
When I look at Temple’s mission statement much like she does, I see the great opportunity that comes from foreign students who apply to Temple, receive visas and study at Temple while following our laws.
The Temple Democrats are a political interest group on campus that does not speak for all students. In contrast, the Temple College Republicans have never claimed, nor will we claim to speak for the entire student body.
If Temple is the pinnacle of moral compasses as she says is it moral to willfully ignore the law or would that be considered contrary to Temple’s mission statement?
The College Republicans would love to have this as a point of discussion in a future debate.
Temple College Republicans