Georgetown University, a private Catholic university located in Washington, D.C., is a hotbed of liberal and left-wing activism. Among its many employees, it has at least one paid employee dedicated to serving undocumented students, whom Campus Reform highlighted.
The university’s newest associate director for undocumented students, Jennifer Crewalk, told the student newspaper in an e-mail that she believed her new constituents “are the freedom fighters of this moment and time.” She added that these students “are helping to awake[n] people to how important it is for our communities to be conscious.”
The position operates under the university’s Center for Multicultural Equity and Access and is a part of a trend to provide services to students without proper immigration documentation in the United States. Some of the examples of provided services are textbook options, printing, and summer housing.
Crewalk’s definition of her constituents as “freedom fighters” inferred that America’s rule of law is unjust. Although many Americans agreed that the immigration system is faulty, with a slow bureaucracy that incentivizes illegal immigration, it did not validate or rationalize breaking a country’s laws. Crewalk’s insinuation stepped over the line of respecting America’s laws by elevating them to heroic status. She failed to acknowledge the conflict of rule of law when it comes to immigration.
The act of breaking a country’s law is illegal conduct and endorsing the breaking of laws is a dangerous precedent for a university official. Her comments also begged the question of whether immigration is an important rallying cry for Americans, compared to issues such as climate change, trade, and foreign policy.