On Tues. Nov. 22, the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) co-hosted an inclusivity discussion alongside the African American Student Union (AASU) and the Asian Students in Alliance (ASA).
President Delaney was at the event, along with other UNF professors. Students discussed the incident of the “Make America White Again” graffiti and other concerns. Students also collaborated on possible solutions that would create a safe environment for all students, faculty and staff.
LASO has held discussions about immigration and the election climate in the past, giving students the opportunity to express how they were feeling or help them understand what is happening.
“Students not only can get information on their rights as immigrants into the country or being descendants of immigrants,” said David Manjarres, the president of LASO. “But also to learn a little bit more about the immigration system in our country and the pros and cons of it.”
The post-election climate was part of the reason for holding the event, and Manjarres said President-elect Donald Trump’s remarks in an interview on 60 Minutes were better than what he originally said in his campaign.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally,” said Trump.
Manjarres said he thinks that after being elected, Trump has had a change in personality.
“It hasn’t come off as a very radical or aggressive statements, so it hasn’t upset the Hispanic population as much as it used to,” he continued.
Manjarres said he is interested in having a future discussion with LASO about immigration policy and that he plans to bringing in a lawyer to help inform students about legalities of immigration in the United States.
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