Phi Beta Cons

Legal or Illegal: Depends on Your Point of View

The folks at the Daily Princetonian have done for themselves a

stunning end-of-week editorial, exalting Princeton for admitting

students whom they scare-quotedly refer to as “illegals” and advising

that this policy not change.
The board opines that “The University is under no legal obligation

to report any applicants or students who are in the country

illegally,” but recognizes that “many would point out that at

the end of the day, the University still has an obligation to report

rather than reward students who break the law. After all, there are

thousands of qualified, law-abiding students who the University

rejects each year, and we would like to think that, for certain

crimes, the University would report a student to the proper

authorities.”
That position is not fundamentally unsound. Schools let many crimes

go: Underage drinking, drug use, copyright violation, &c. But since

universities like Princeton are in the business of providing an entire

life–housing, nourishment, vocation–for its customers, shouldn’t an

illegal presence in the United States be among the most eagerly

reported crimes for a university?

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