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Students harassed two Border Patrol agents at the University of Arizona on Tuesday during an event for criminal justice majors.
The agents were speaking to a classroom of students when protesters converged on the room and compared the agents to the Ku Klux Klan and called them "murder patrol."
What are the details?
The agents were visiting the school's Criminal Justice Association at the time of the incident, the Daily Wire reported. The association previously hosted both members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Explosives as well as employees of the Homeland Securities Investigations wing.
In videos posted on social media, students can be seen haranguing the officers, interrupting their presentations, and in some cases, following the agents around campus.
One student, who appears to be filming one of the videos in question, can be heard saying, "I don't know who allowed the murder patrol. They allow murderers to be on campus where I pay to be here. Murderers! On campus. Murderers on campus!"
The student behind the camera continued ranting, "This is supposed to be a safe space for students, but they allow an extension of the KKK into campus. There are students that pay to be here ... that need this to be a safe space for them and we have the KKK and their supporters right here at the U of A."
When the students approached the classroom in which the agents were speaking, one of their fellow classmates told the cameraperson that they are welcome to join the class and discussion.
"Great, I can sit in the entire time, I'll just be saying that they're murderers the entire f***ing time because it's the truth," the combative student insisted. "They're murderers, and you, as a club, should be more conscious of the rest of the students on this campus. [We] don't feel safe with them here."
When it became clear that the harassment would continue if the students were permitted into the classroom, one of the students inside the classroom threatened to call campus police, and then made good on the threat.
"Of course, white people calling the police, white women calling the police," the student cried.
A group of students even followed the officers to their car as they prepared to leave the campus. The group chanted "murder patrol" nearly the entire time. The group also converged with another group protesting the agents' presence, who were chanting "Police and ICE, same s**t twice."
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The university's College Republicans issued a statement on the incident.
"As fellow Americans, we fully support the First Amendment right given to all U.S. citizens, but there comes a point where it's harassment rather than an open dialogue with opposing views," the organization's statement read. "The incident towards the two border patrol agents was disrespectful and disruptive to an educational meeting about Border Patrol."
The statement, provided to the Daily Wire, added, "As College Republicans, being able to have an open dialogue is extremely important to us between people of different views as we want to talk about difficult issues, especially as the 2020 election is approaching. However, behavior reflected in the video is something we discourage as we are all residents of the United States."
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