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Hispanic Republican Club calls for more impartial treatment of DREAM Act

On September 21, 2011,  the Department of Multicultural affairs, at Baylor University, sponsored a “Civil Rights Forum.”

Upon reviewing the audio and transcribed remarks from this event, I have to conclude the event was precisely as Mr. Cervera described, according to remarks printed in the November 3rd edition of the Baylor Lariat.

It’s unfortunate that the highest of well-placed administrators at Baylor University would defend departmental sponsorship of this level of partisanship for the sake of Multiculturalism.

This alarming response certainly raises concerns over the kinds of events the Department of Multicultural affairs are likely to sponsor in the future.

Duke Machado
President
Hispanic Republican Club of McLennan County

(Re: Baylor Young Conservatives of Texas)

Comments (2)

  1. Tony Abad

    Here’s the story on Sunday’s paper.

    Baylor students clash over civil disobedience events

    By Michael W. Shapiro Tribune-Herald staff writer
    Sunday November 6, 2011

    A member of Baylor University’s student government wants university officials to stop departments from sponsoring events where speakers promote civil disobedience or espouse political positions.

    But a Hispanic civil rights activist and third-year law student, whose speech at a September forum inspired the bill, said it would stifle debate on campus.

    Daniel Cervera, a senior and member of the Student Senate, attended the forum where Jose Magana, the law student, spoke out in favor of the DREAM Act and described the actions of Hispanic civil rights activists.
    Daniel Cervera (right), a member of Baylor’s student senate, attended the forum where Jose Magana (left), a law student, spoke out in favor of the DREAM Act and described the actions of Hispanic civil rights activists.
    Daniel Cervera (right), a member of Baylor’s student senate, attended a forum where law student Jose Magana (left) spoke out in favor of the DREAM Act and described the actions of civil rights activists.
    Duane A. Laverty / Waco Tribune-Herald

    Cervera authored a bill that calls on university officials to “cease promotion and/or sponsorship of any events or guest speakers which advocate violent rebellion and illegal resistance to the laws of the state and nation.”

    The Student Senate is set to vote on the bill Thursday.

    Cervera, who also is chairman of Baylor’s Young Conservatives of Texas chapter, taped the forum. He said speakers “vilified the Republican Party, and Republican Party elected officials.”

    The DREAM Act is a federal bill that offers a path to citizenship for students in the country illegally. Support for and opposition to the legislation has broken down largely along partisan lines.

    Objecting to what he saw as support for the legislation as well as anti-Republican rhetoric, Cervera said, “It’s not the kind of dialogue we ought to be promoting.”

    Cervera specifically took issue with Magana’s speech.

    Cervera said Magana encouraged audience members to commit acts of civil disobedience as used in the past year by some supporters of the federal DREAM Act.

    Magana said Cervera mischaracterized his speech.

    And he said the proposal — if approved by the Student Senate and subsequently adopted by university administrators as policy — would stifle debate on campus.

    Elizabeth Palacios, dean for student development who introduced speakers at the forum, echoed that sentiment in an interview with the Baylor Lariat, the school’s student newspaper.

    “As a university, we are never going to be Tier 1 if we censor thoughts that are incongruent (with our personal beliefs),” Palacios said.

    The Tribune-Herald was unable to reach Palacios for comment.

    Pre-screening speakers

    Magana said if the university implemented Cervera’s recommendations, campus groups would have a strong incentive to pre-screen the words of guest speakers to avoid getting into trouble because of things said at their events.

    He also said he wasn’t promoting lawbreaking or violence.

    “I was simply talking about how civil disobedience occurred,” Magana said. “It wasn’t a forum to organize civil disobedience.”

    According to Cervera’s audio recording of the event, Magana described how pro-DREAM Act activists refused to leave the offices of federal lawmakers opposed to the legislation, with some getting arrested as a result.

    Magana also noted these incidents drew media coverage to pro-DREAM Act activities.

    Cervera insisted Magana urged students to take illegal action to promote the bill.

    But he said even if Magana didn’t explicitly advocate civil disobedience, the pro-DREAM Act tenor of the event created the impression that a university department supports the legislation.

    “For future discourse, we do need to talk about these issues, but a university department was supporting these student activities and all (the speakers) did was roundly criticize Republican Party and Republican candidates.”

    Palacios made a distinction between talking about a “social justice issue” and advocating for a partisan policy goal. She also said the forum was intended to be informational.

    But Magana described the speakers at the event as “pro-immigration (and) pro-DREAM Act.”

    Still, he said forum organizers invited opposing opinions. He noted Cervera did not speak up.

    Cervera sought a vote on his bill about 1 1/2 weeks ago, but postponed it because of concern from some other members of the 52-member Student Senate.

    “They felt strongly in support of the principles being advanced such as fairness, impartiality (and) respect for the rule of law, but wanted to express them in a manner that didn’t necessarily pit (the) Student Senate against a particular office.”

    Cervera also insisted his bill wouldn’t limit the activities of Baylor’s Democratic and Republican clubs, which have faculty sponsors and frequently invite speakers to campus.

    mshapiro@wacotrib.com
    757-5707

  2. RALPH GONZALEZ

    Is this the responce that we are facing from the left. To instill civil disobedience, just so they can install their own agenda. This is not what we advocate for the Hispanic population.

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