Few conservative writers working the beat today know better how to cut away the chaff and get to the wheat like the incomparable Victor Davis Hanson. The “Case for Trump” author, this week, turned his eye to left-wing academic institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Princeton to ask a simple question: If you’re so upset about what’s happening at the border, why don’t you open up your vacant student housing to the poor, downtrodden illegals currently languishing in detention camps? We’re sure the silence from these universities will be deafening.
From Hanson’s National Review column:
We are currently at the beginning of the summer vacation season, when America’s 4,000 colleges and universities have plenty of empty dorm space and underutilized facilities.
Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Stanford, to take just a few examples, might each volunteer to house and feed 1,000 detainees each. Think of the advantages that would accrue to everyone involved in the present tragedy. Immigrants would find safe and sanitary 90-day quarters, almost all of them in university towns that are proud sanctuary cities. Many universities have top-ranked medical schools. Hundreds of resident interns might offer their medical expertise pro bono, especially about hard-to-treat resistant tuberculosis or bouts of little-seen whooping cough. Yale and Harvard law schools are famous for their legal expertise and could offer immigrants top-flight counsel about ensuring refugee status. Schools would have incentives to expedite repatriation before the September commencement of classes.
In addition to these benefits, Hanson noted, such an initiative would give these universities a chance to prove to America that all of their elitist-class hand-wringing over Trump’s policies is not just so much hot air. In other words, put up or shut up.
“So often our social-justice warriors are distant from the concrete recipients of their own often loud advocacy,” he notes. “What better pathway for cultural progress than to have university communities interact with recent immigrant arrivals through housing, socializing, and schooling immigrants? A kid from Atherton, Cambridge, or Chevy Chase might learn a lot by living among arrivals from Oaxaca and vice versa.”
Indeed. We’re looking forward to hearing from Harvard, Stanford, and the rest of the Ivy League. The gauntlet has been thrown.
Will they pick it up?