The executive director of Freedom University believes that borders are not legitimate, citizenship is “ridiculous,” and the nation-state is outdated.
Freedom University takes pride in exclusively aiding illegal alien students and taking radical stances on mass migration.
On Monday, September 9, 2019, Campus Reform reported that St. Olaf College in Minnesota hosted an event featuring Freedom University’s executive director Dr. Laura Soltis and Arizbeth Sanchez, the university’s Community Engagement Coordinator, to give a talk titled “Solidarity In A New ICE Age.”
Borders are not completely legitimate, citizenship is “ridiculous,” and the nation-state itself has no place in the future, according to the executive director of one Georgia university.
Before declaring that the world would be a better place without borders, the group started the hour-and-a-half long speech by giving some background on Freedom University’s work. Freedom was formed in response to Georgia’s policy that allows for illegal aliens to receive free K-12 education, but does not allow them to attend the state’s public universities.
Before launching into declarations that the world would be better off without countries, the group began their hour-and-a-half on stage by providing some background on the work of Freedom University. Freedom was founded as a response to Georgia’s policy dictating that illegal aliens are entitled to free K-12 education, but may not attend the state’s public universities.
The school has built a notorious reputation for taking “direct action” against Georgia’s state government. This consists of civil disobedience and teachers joining illegal aliens “risk[ing] arrest.” Soltis boasted to the St. Olaf attendees, faculty, and staff about her arrest record and her community engagement coordinator’s rap sheet.
Soltis shared the school’s anti-citizenship ideology. For the Freedom University director, the definition of citizenship is “completely arbitrary” and is only because “we happen to be born within these man-made borders, right? What a completely ridiculous way to define citizenship, right?”
“I urge us to think creatively and courageously about a world in which there aren’t borders, right? John Lennon sang about this in ‘Imagine,’” she commented before encouraging the audience “to think of ourselves not as citizens of the United States.”
The executive director then showed a U.S./Mexico projector image, telling the St. Olaf audience to “look at how kind of silly it looks.”
“This border has created so much anguish and pain and separation among families, but another world is possible,” she declared. “Nation-states are relatively new for humanity, right? They should not exist, [and] they aren’t necessary in the future.”
One of the steps in Soltis’ plan to undermine the nation-state is to give illegal aliens a new, political identity.
“For undocumented folks [at the school], they no longer think they’re illegal or criminals, but it becomes a new political identity which they can organize around and find a sense of pride in who they are,” she stated.
A Campus Reform correspondent was in attendance during the question and answer section of the talk and asked Soltis if her organization acknowledges “the legal legitimacy of borders, immigration law, or agencies like ICE which enforce said immigration law.”
The director initially responded by stating that Americans are living on “stolen land” that was seized from Native Americans. She then said that she “partially” recognizes the legal legitimacy of borders but prefers the “natural” borders of formed by “mountain ranges” and “rivers.”
She scoffed at the idea of citizenship, believing that it is merely a “social construct.”
Freedom University is not an accredited school and only offers a variety of services to illegals such as “college preparation classes, college and scholarship application assistance, and movement leadership training for undocumented students.”
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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