Here’s a good litmus test to sniff out social justice warriors whose college tuition bills are being paid for by their parents. Students at DePaul University have successfully petitioned their student government to bring a measure to the ballot that would create a scholarship fund for illegal immigrant students that would be paid for by raising student activity fees across the board.
That means that on top of the roughly $38,000 that students are asked to shell out each semester – not including housing, dining, and other associated fees – DePaul students would have to pony up extra for the sole purpose of subsidizing the education of people who are not in the country legally.
The provision has been championed by the Undocumented Student Movement (USM) and the Undocumented Vincentians & Allies (UVA) student groups, with leaders of both organizations claiming that DePaul’s Catholic background gives the institution a clear mission to educate students regardless of immigration or financial status.
Students would be asked to pay an additional $2 per quarter in student activity fees and all the extra money collected would go toward a scholarship fund, which the UVA estimates would collect $79,000 by the time it is implemented in the 2018-2019 school year. The amount has been compared to the nearby Loyola University Chicago, which already charges $2.50 for a similar scholarship fund.
On its Facebook page, UVA quickly deleted comments critical of the proposition and chastised students who used the term “illegal immigrant” by insulting them as “uninformed individuals that haven’t done research to understand how immigrant and undocumented populations should be addressed.”
It even went to so far as to compare illegal immigrants to Holocaust victims by insisting that “Jews and marginalized communities were labeled as illegal,” which “led to their persecution and death of millions” during World War II.