Rutgers University: Using Taxpayer Funds to Turn Students into Open-Borders Radicals

Rutgers University has a history of stupid policies when it comes to illegal aliens. In November of 2016, FAIR noted that the Rutgers student newspaper, The Daily Targum fired one of its reporters for using the completely accurate term “illegal alien.”

In addition, the university appears to have at least 500 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients studying at its three campuses in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden, New Jersey. That number is likely so high because students and faculty members have attempted to make Rutgers a “sanctuary campus” (whatever that absurd term means), and the university’s president promised that the school “will protect the privacy of undocumented immigrants attending the university.”

Now, Rutgers has begun training students how to empathize with illegal aliens, using a program called “DREAM Zone,” which originated at New York University. And at least one university administrator has suggested the program should be mandatory for all students.

Of course, none of this should be surprising. Rutgers is the same university that in 2017 forced incoming freshmen pay for a $175 “orientation package” covering inane topics like “micro aggression” and “safe spaces.” It’s also the university whose students and faculty called former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice a “war criminal” and suggested that she be disinvited as the 2014 commencement speaker. (Secretary Rice, wisely, decided to pass and do something productive with her time.)

Rutgers, like many American institutions of higher education, seems to have shifted its focus from teaching young men and women how to think critically, to indoctrinating radical leftist agitators. In the case of a private university, that would be tragic, but, nevertheless, acceptable. Private universities answer to their boards of trustees and to parents who pay tuition.

However, public universities are an arm of the state. That means that Rutgers is using taxpayer dollars encouraging students to violate our immigration laws and training them to interfere with attempts to enforce those laws. And that should concern New Jersey taxpayers, each of whom has an interest in Rutgers, even if they never attended a single class there.

As Aviv Khavic, the student reporter fired from The Daily Targum for using the term “illegal alien” notes, “I think it’s a really worrying trend that colleges are sort of enforcing this lack of respect for the rule of law.”  Ironically, Mr. Khavic is a legal immigrant from Israel. Clearly, he got his grounding in American civics somewhere other than a classroom at Rutgers.

Aside from expecting state universities to refrain from using public funds to encourage lawlessness, taxpayers should also be concerned about what American students are missing out on. Every dollar spent on programs aimed at aiding students who have no right to be in the United States is a dollar taken away from students who are citizens or lawful immigrants.

It’s time for the citizens of New Jersey to start demanding that university administrators use taxpayers’ money wisely.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    I think that all the state university’s should lost all there state funding as long as they are teaching and brain washing all these ******* kids that go to these places . The University’s are a dead place and do not teach anything in these country anymore . when as a country are we going to crush the LEFT and finelly wake up.

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    This is the sort of clueless enabling that is being done in far too many places which is taking our once great country down the tubes. Where oh where did we create so many dumb positions on immigration? Here’s a fix. Stop. Don’t pass go. Send some of your factions to actual border crossings like San Ysidro(San Diego entry), Otay Mesa(alternate when the former is clogged up), and Arizona borders to observe what the real issues have been for a long time. Secondly, send them to Orange county in California. Have them walk the streets to see the negative impact these illegal criminals have had on a once proud area. I’m convinced, beyond a shadow of doubt, most liberals who want open borders don’t know the first thing about what the real conditions are at, in, or near the places which have been greatly impacted. Idiocy rules on far too many places of learning and it’s due to the fact those spewing this foolish “come on down” stance have never visited and/or not familiar with the areas that have been negatively impacted. And I’m not even talking about the horrible impact of gangs like MS-13. Wake up America. We are not under siege, it has already happened and if not addressed? You too, will be looking for the once safer streets and communities we grew up in.

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      Patricia Watkins on

      The thing is that rabid liberal Democratic’s want open borders. They want to build their population with immigrants legal or illegal. Illegal aliens migrants give these liberals a cause to fight for. They give them future voters. Liberals seem to have lost their minds over their love for illegals and wanting America to be a free for all. They do not care about America being sovereign. They don’t respect our borders. They don’t respect the rule of law. They don’t respect any of those who put in the time & money to migrate to America legally. They don’t respect natural born American citizens. Rabid liberals want to give America away with no regard for any of us.

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    VivaLaMigra on

    NJ “taxpayers” are also VOTERS and they ENABLE this carp by voting in idiots to state and federal elected office. In a democracy, citizens get the government they deserve. Of course, none of the “enlightened” and ‘compassionate” suburbanites who vote Democrat because it would be ‘mean’ to vote conservative would dare venture into Camden, Newark, Patterson, or any of the other Hell Holes which liberal policies – especially Open Borders – have spawned.