University of Arizona Students Face Charges For Harassing Border Patrol Agents, Apology Sought

Border Patrol agents want a public apology from Robert C. Robbins, president of the University of Arizona after he sent a letter to “Campus Community” on Friday admitting that students, who had harassed, and stalked agents, were going to be charged by University Police.

The students had targeted the Border Patrol agents, who had been invited to attend a session of a career fair on March 20 at the University.

Two students will be charged with interference with the peaceful conduct of an educational institution. Robbins advised the “community” that the University’s Police Department will continue to investigate this incident for additional criminal violations.

The University of Arizona has not identified the students who will be facing charges, however, Denisse Moreno Melchor, a University of Arizona student, livestreamed her hysterical reaction to the presence of two Border Patrol agents.

The ADI reported on March 22 that Moreno Melchor called the agents members of the “murder patrol,” while filming. “They allow murderers to be on campus where I pay to be here. Murderers! On campus. Murderers! On campus.”

When a member of the criminal justice group attempted to diffuse the situation and invite Moreno Melchor in, she responded, “Great, I can sit in the entire time, I’ll just be saying that they’re murderers the entire f—ing time because it’s the truth. They are murderers and you as a club should be more conscious of the rest of the students on this campus.”

University of Arizona student Denisse Moreno Melchor appears to dislike law enforcement officers and the government.

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This week, Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog group, filed a complaint with the University in which they demanded that Robbins “do his job” by enforcing the student code of conduct.

Judicial Watch called “alarming” the ASUA support of those “engaged in criminal conduct.”

The group also believes Moreno Melchor’s behavior violates Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 13-2904. That statute addresses disorderly conduct, “the unlawful behavior practiced by Moreno-Melchor,” wrote Judicial Watch.

Moreno Melchor claimed she did not “feel safe with them here.”

Moreno Melchor then launched into a rant about the “white woman,” referring to the criminal justice student who had invited her to join them.

According to her Twitter feed, Moreno Melchor, the daughter of a Phoenix Valley hairdresser, has disdain for “white people,” “white people who use their LGBTQ+ identities to overstep,” “cops,” “ICE,” and the “government.”

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Robbins’ letter reads:

Dear Campus Community,

I want to update you on developments regarding last week’s incident with the Border Patrol officers on campus and to reaffirm the University of Arizona’s relationship with the leadership and the women and men serving in US Customs and Border Protection.

The incident between the protesting students and the Criminal Justice club members was a dramatic departure from our expectations of respectful behavior and support for free speech on this campus.

University police determined that they will be charging two of the students with interference with the peaceful conduct of an educational institute. A misdemeanor.

The UA Police Department will continue to investigate the incident for additional criminal violations and the Office of the Dean of Students is reviewing potential violations of the student code of conduct. There will also be a probe into actions involving UA employees.

The University has policies and protocols for behavior and expression, and we are following those. However, I have assigned university staff to examine our processes to ensure that we are working effectively to help prevent similar incidents in the future while maintaining the 1st Amendment right to speech and protest.

At the core of these inquiries is the University of Arizona’s commitment to free speech. The student club and the CBP officers invited by the students should have been able to hold their meeting without disruption. Student protest is protected by our support for free speech, but disruption is not.

As a community of scholars, we need to be more thoughtful and deliberate have and how we approach these issues and work together to sustain vigorous conversations to find better solutions.

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