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of Freedom University believes that borders are not legitimate, citizenship is “ridiculous,” and the nation-state is outdated.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.”
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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