A group of illegal immigrants at Columbia University is demanding that school officials give them free health care. The illegal immigrants also want the Ivy League school to institute compulsory “sensitivity training” for professors and administrators.
The illegal immigrant group, called Undocumented Students Initiative (UndoCU for short), presented its list of 13 demands on Facebook last week.
Among its 13 demands, the group calls for “full reimbursement” of health insurance fees for students who are illegal immigrants. Currently, Columbia only reimburses illegal immigrant students for “portions of these fees,” the document says.
As Campus Reform notes, Columbia — like virtually every other college in the United States — requires enrolled students to maintain health insurance. Columbia students who are not sufficiently insured by their families must pay up to $3,000 each year in health insurance fees.
A single year of tuition, fees and room and board at Columbia costs $68,300. However, students whose families have total incomes of less than $60,000 typically attend the Ivy League bastion for free — with zero loans for parents or students.
The illegal immigrants at Columbia say they are unsatisfied with the school’s generous financial aid.
“Some of us were on the verge of homelessness. Some, including their families, are at high risk of deportation,” the UndoCU Facebook post claims. “That the university is not active in aiding and ameliorating these problems demonstrates Columbia’s lack of intrinsic interest in its undocumented students.”
As such, the Columbia University UndoCU illegal immigrants group demands “specialized fundraising for undocumented students” to underwrite “undocumented student specific scholarships and grants.”
The illegal immigrant group also demands mandatory “sensitivity training” for professors, teaching assistants “and all other staff in terms of immigration language and rhetoric.”
The group compares discussions of illegal immigration to discussions about sex. “Much like sexual health training, it is imperative that immigration subjects be treated with the proper language and information. It is unacceptable for students to be called ‘illegal’ in their own classrooms or for professors to tell us to ‘get legal,'” UndoCU declares.
Additional ultimatums include a demand for “specifically trained immigration counselors as well as counselors trained in trauma” and a demand for “career counselors who understand” the “unique situation” of illegal immigrants “and the sensitive attention it demands.”
The UndoCU group also wants illegal immigrant students to be reimbursed for a $70 fee charged to international students.
And they want an immediate end to the “shifty, disorganized, and un-proactive” summer housing process which some illegal immigrants claim to have faced when dealing with the Columbia administration.
“We are willing to work with anyone, to any extent, in order to resolve these issues,” the illegal immigrant group says. “We refuse, however, to amend or change any of these demands.”
The entire UndoCU Facebook post clocks in at 790 words — just over half the length of the Declaration of Independence. Here it is in its entirety:
The Undocumented Students Initiative organized just before the election of Donald Trump, Campus Reform notes.
Columbia University is most famous, of course, because a student named Emma Sulkowicz hauled a mattress around campus for a year to protest the school’s handling of her alleged rape. Sulkowicz apparently released a full-on sex tape recreating her alleged rape. “Please, don’t participate in my rape,” a trigger warning for viewers of the video explained. “Watch kindly.” (RELATED: Columbia’s Mattress Girl Has Made An ‘Artistic’ Sex Tape)
The fancypants school also offers segregated graduation ceremonies based on skin color and sexual preference. (RELATED: Ivy League School Holds Segregated Graduation Ceremonies For Black, Latino And Gay Students)