Rutgers President Robert Barchi Advocates for Illegal Immigrants
By Aviv Khavich
Rutgers University President Robert Barchi has issued a statement in support of illegal alien students. The email, titled "One Final Opportunity to Advocate for Dreamers", was sent out Monday afternoon to all students.
The six-year president of the university stated that "time is running out on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program", and to "join [him] one more time, for one last push to save DACA." This was followed by a link to a pre-written letter to send to members of Congress as well as President Donald Trump.
Barchi maintains that participation in the link is optional, but as of yet has not provided an equal platform for opposing viewpoints on the issue. This is despite student requests to advocate for the RAISE Act, which would have reduced immigration to the United States.
This is the tenth time that university officials have taken a pro-illegal alien stance in official emails sent out to all students. On December 8th, 2016, Barchi sent out an email titled "Clarifying Rutgers' Position on Protecting Student Rights" in which he detailed his support for DACA and illegal alien students. Since then, variations of similar emails from either Barchi or Rutgers Chancellor Debashish Dutta have gone out to students, often including direct links for advocacy.
Barchi and Dutta have also sent out emails taking stances on tax legislation, Title IX, the 2017 Charlottesville rally, free speech on campus, as well as other issues, many of them having to do with specific legislation.
Rutgers University is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is thus subject to laws restricting lobbying. According to the IRS, "In general, no organization may qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation...an organization will be regarded as attempting to influence legislation if it contacts, or urges the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or if the organization advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation."
The full text of the email may be found below.