An employee of the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse claims she was fired after she defended President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to a new staffer.
During an interview on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday evening, Kim Dearman said she was terminated from her law enforcement dispatcher job for using “threatening or abusive language” in the workplace.
“I had a casual conversation with the young lady that I was training — that I had hired to work in our department — and, apparently, she was offended by it, by me indicating that I thought terrorists, or immigrants, should be sent back to their Middle Eastern country,” Dearman said.
When Carlson asked Dearman’s lawyer if such comments are legal grounds for firing, attorney Lee Fehr told the Fox host that the university “clearly did not use the standards that they should have and they did not follow their protocol.”
“One of the problems here,” he continued, “is we don’t know what the standard is. We don’t know what [Chancellor Joe Gow] will be offended by — it could be anything. Apparently, the word ‘immigrant’ is racist, according to what I’ve come to understand.”
Dearman also pushed back against Gow’s alleged claim that she had a “poor job performance.” She told the Fox host that her “direct supervisor” said in December that her performance was “superior.”
In the wake of the backlash over Dearman’s firing, the university decided to offer the former employee her job back, though she’s no longer certain she wants to continue working there.
She told Carlson she originally intended to return to the school if she was offered her job back, but now she says she’s “worried” about going back and “being let go for basically any type of reason.”
This comes the same week the Trump administration attempted to implement its second travel ban, putting a temporary freeze on entry into the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries. That policy, however, met the same fate as the first one. On Wednesday, a Hawaii judge put a nationwide restraining order on the executive action.
The federal judge argued the president’s order might be in violation of the First Amendment, citing the Trump’s campaign promise to institute a “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
During a campaign-style rally Wednesday night, Trump vowed to “fight this terrible ruling” and take it “all the way up to the Supreme Court” if necessary.
“We’re going to win,” he told the rowdy crowd of supporters. “We’re going to keep our citizens safe. And regardless, we’re going to keep our citizens safe, believe me.”