Penn State calls immigration posters 'deeply offensive'
STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (AP):
Penn State says that posters that someone has put up on university bulletin boards calling on people to report those in the country illegally are "deeply offensive", saying that they "appear to be designed to provoke anger, fear, and hate".
Officials said that the posters began appearing on public bulletin boards on the main campus at State College. The university's student newspaper, The Daily Collegian, said that images of the posters had been circulating on social media earlier in the week. An image published by the paper included the message, "It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens. They have broken the law."
"The posters are unsigned and appear to be designed to provoke anger, fear, and hate. The university finds them deeply offensive," Penn State said in a statement.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials called the signs "bogus" on Friday, saying that the agency wasn't involved and wouldn't solicit information in that manner
Such posters found on bulletin boards designated for use only by university organisations were being removed, the university statement said. Posters on public boards would not be removed "but may be relocated if they are used to block other posted documents", the university said.
The posters came amid concern on campus over federal immigration policies of the Trump administration, including a temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, which has been blocked by the federal courts.
University president Eric Barron expressed opposition to the action in a January 29 statement and urged international students, faculty, and scholars to carry immigration documents proving their legal statuses "whenever you are travelling within the United States".
The university said in its statement about the posters that officials wanted to emphasise "that every student on this campus has earned the right to be here based on their academic qualifications and hard work.
"Penn State is enriched by students and scholars from around the world and we will continue our work on providing a climate of inclusion for all, regardless of country of origin," the university said.