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Leftist Iconoclasts Want to Remove Oregon Pioneer Statue

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Confederate monuments are not the only artifacts of American history that are facing the politically correct Left’s wrath.

The College Fix reported on new calls from University of Oregon students and faculty to remove “The Pioneer” statue.

This statue was erected 100 years ago in commemoration of Oregon’s pioneering roots.

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Now, as its 100-year anniversary approaches, several members of the University of Oregon campus community demand that it be removed.

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NPR Oregon reported on the protests from students and members of the university faculty, which have generated a petition drive to remove this statue.

Some protestors held signs that said “whose history does UO honor” and “Who is the pioneer? It was evident that killing ‘Injuns’ was not a very unnatural happening.”

Other protestors see the statue as an apology for colonialism.

History doctoral candidate Marc Carpenter told the Daily Emerald that a “monument is a celebration. … So, to me, it feels very similar to the confederate monuments that speckled a large part of the rest of the country.”

The PHD candidate added, “It’s a monument to violence and white supremacy, and I don’t think those are values that we want to have as a community.”

In Carpenter’s view, “‘The Pioneer’ is a monument to violent white supremacy, and as such it should not have a place of honor at a university striving to be inclusive, diverse, and just.”

Another point of controversary was the statue’s origins.

The statue was a gift to the University of Oregon in May of 1919. According to two UO historians, the president of the Oregon Historical Society gave a speech which “extolled the virtues of the Anglo-Saxon race” during the dedication ceremony.

The president allegedly said that Anglo-Saxons believe “in the protection of life and of liberty and in the rights of property and the pursuit of happiness.”

He added, “This race has large powers of assimilation, and its great ideas of liberty and of the rights of mankind caused other races to become a part of it, so it became a people as well as a race.”

UO interim spokesperson Molly Blancett relayed a statement to NPR Oregon that came in response to the protest, which explained that a committee had been launched to review campus artwork and monuments.

The statement noted the following:

The Pioneer statue was unveiled 100 years ago to represent Oregon’s first European settlers. A century later, a more inclusive view of history recognizes that The Pioneer symbolizes just one part of the story. The UO fully appreciates that to many Oregonians, including those of Native American ancestry, it stands for something very different, the framing of history from only one culture’s perspective. We take those views very seriously.

Last winter, the UO established a presidential working group – led by Dean of Libraries Adriene Lim and Professor Dean Livelybrooks – to audit and review campus monuments, plaques and public art installations and recommend whether any changes need to be made to those features to recognize the diverse histories of our community. The Pioneer statue is part of that review, and the working group hopes to deliver a report, including recommendations, next fall. We are happy to share any research and information from outside organizations with that working group.

What is taking place in the University of Oregon confirms the fears of many on the Right. The confederate monuments were only the beginning, as the Left is moving on to other historical figures that they deem as “racist” and “reactionary” in their quest to destroy American history and cement political correctness culture in America.

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Biden’s Open Border Policies are a Magnet for Incoming Central American Caravans

The mother of all caravans is coming

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Some things are simply too predictable.  According to Ben Wildon of SaraCarter.com, a new migrant caravan from Central America is quickly forming, and it’s heading northward to the U.S.

Incoming President Joe Biden’s lax immigration policies have become a magnet for migrants who desire entering the U.S. illegally. They know very well that Biden will not drop the hammer when they illegally enter the country. Up to 9,000 migrants have apparently been making their way to the U.S. At least 1,000 of those migrants illegally entered Guatemala on January 15, 2021, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The pro-mass migration group Pueblo Sin Fronteras was ecstatic about the new caravan and urged the incoming Biden administration to welcome them with open arms in a statement that it released recently.

“We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an opportunity for the governments of Mexico and Central America to develop policies and a migration management that respect and promote the human rights of the population in mobility,” the statement said.

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In addition, the group stated, ”We will advocate that the Biden government honors its commitments.”

Additionally, the group called for immigration reform (amnesty) by scrapping laws that make migrants stay in Mexico as their asylum requests are processed.

“A new United States Government is an opportunity to work with the Mexican Government to develop a cooperation plan with Central America to address the causes of migration, together with civil society organizations, as well as an opportunity to increase regional cooperation regarding the persons in need of protection, and to dismantle illegal and inhuman programs such as Remain in Mexico, the United States’ Asylum Cooperation Agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as the Title 42 expulsions by the United States authorities,” Pueblo Sin Fronteras stated.

According to a Fox News report, Biden has vowed to provide citizenship to illegal aliens and do away with a number of Trump era policies such as the enforcement of the public charge rule, the temporary immigration moratorium during the Wuhan virus pandemic, and several restrictions to the H1-B visa system that kept legal immigration in check. Additionally, Bden wants to implement a moratorium on ICE deportations.

Curiously, Susan Rice, a Biden administration policy advisor revealed that the U.S. would not be fully opening the borders to migrants right off the bat.

“Processing capacity at the border is not like a light that you can just switch on and off,” Rice told the Spanish news site EFE. “Migrants and asylum seekers absolutely should not believe those in the region peddling the idea that the border will suddenly be fully open to process everyone on Day 1. It will not.”

These caravans will only grow larger as time goes by. The Biden administration’s weak border policies serve as a magnet for migrants. Border security is a pillar of any coherent political jurisdiction. Failure to secure a border, will inevitably lead to political chaos.

If Republicans are serious about getting back into power, they should unapologetically push for strong border policies, zero tolerance on illegal immigration, and a legal immigration moratorium.

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