A conservative activist says colleges and universities need to introduce a new class for students: a lesson on the First Amendment right to discuss and debate.
That advice from Diane Gramley, president of the American Family Association of Pennsylvania, comes after a public university in her state allowed a retired federal official to be shouted off stage.
Tom Homan, a former director of ICE, was scheduled to participate in a University of Pennsylvania panel discussion about immigration policy but the event was cancelled before it began once students began protesting.
Homan was likely expecting trouble because he was advised by school officials a petition had circulated on campus to cancel the event and ban any future invitations of ICE officials, Fox News reported.
ICE has emerged as a hated enemy of the Left over its role in enforcing federal immigration laws by locating, arresting, and deporting illegal immigrants who are found inside the United States.
Homan, in fact, a 34-year veteran of ICE, has likely become a chief target of the Far Left in recent months after emerging as a vocal and articulate defender of ICE and its mission.
“I have forgotten more about this issue than you will know,” Homan, seated at a congressional hearing in September, told Rep. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (see video below) after she called his testimony “jingoistic” and “bigoted” and called his claims “nearly complete untrue.”
“What did I say was inaccurate?” Homan asked the congresswoman, who did not respond.
Gramley tells OneNewsNow that shutting down the panel discussion is a routine tactic of the Left, because the other side is unwilling to “engage” in a debate of any kind.
“They just refuse to listen to any side,” she says, “unless it's the side they agree with."
In fact, Homan pointed out to Fox News that ICE removed more illegal aliens during the Obama administration than the current Trump administration, but the accusations of hate and racism have risen only during Trump’s term.
The panel discussion was balanced, too, since Homan was scheduled to be on stage with two opponents: liberal attorney and immigration advocate Sozi Tulante; and Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, a former ICE official who was the agency's first "migrant" public advocate. He is now director of a foster care network that helps place unaccompanied illegal alien minors.
Gramley says Penn's faculty and staff should be encouraging students to welcome such a debate to better understand the issue
“If they want to truly understand an issue,” she says, “they need to be willing to engage in debate or listen to the side they don't agree with."
“It’s really sad,” Homan told Fox News, “because it’s an institution of higher learning and half the audience wasn’t there to learn.”
The incident at Penn comes just weeks after Kevin McAleenan, the former Homeland Security acting director, was shouted off stage during a Georgetown University discussion.
McAleenan, ironically, had clashed with the Trump administration over its tougher immigration policies but he was denounced by students anyway and was not allowed to speak.