Kappa Delta Chi, a Latina founded sorority at Emporia State, released an official statement about the Associated Student Government controversy surrounding the vice president. They stated they “do not support the use of dehumanizing language nor false information about undocumented individuals.”
The controversy comes from a Facebook post made by Michaela Todd, ASG vice president and senior political science and communications major.
The post endorsed Kris Kobach for governor and said that Kobach would “put Kansans first, not illegal aliens.” It was initially a public post, made on Todd’s personal Facebook account. Todd later deleted the post.
“A lot of the responses have been about specifically how she used the worlds ‘illegal aliens,’ but...that’s not the only issue,” said Chevelle Balcacer, KDC president and junior psychology major. “It’s about the statement that followed the term.”
Balcacer said the real concern with Todd’s post was when Todd wrote that “the millions of dollars spent on public welfare for illegal aliens in Kansas, hurts Kansas taxpayers every single day.”
“That’s just plain not true,” Balcacer said. “Not only is she using a dehumanizing term, but hand in hand with that, she’s spreading false information. We really wanted to focus on that part individually.”
Balcacer said KDC wanted to hold informational meetings on rights afforded to DACA students, what rights undocumented people have and about how undocumented people pay taxes, but are not eligible for welfare.
In KDC’s statement, it lists the five parts of their action plan for continuing campus discussion and responding to the issue. This statement was approved by the national organization.
KDC is not the only group who has affirmed their commitment to Emporia State students.
Although Alpha Kappa Lambda, an ESU fraternity, has made no official statement, many of their members have made social media posts offering help to anyone who needs it.
“Many people have made Facebook posts or shared them about offering to walk people back to the dorms if they don’t feel safe, giving people rides home, being there if they need someone to talk to, because unfortunately a lot of people have felt unsafe throughout this due to threats to their life or that they’re going to call ICE,” said Matt Mahr, AKL president and senior theater major. “Our members are just trying to help people who don’t feel safe.”
Martín Salazar, AKL member and sophomore English education major, said the threats were upsetting.
“It goes towards one of our ideals which is to treat others as we’d like to be treated and we find this whole thing to be outrageous, that people would go far enough to threaten people about this whole mess,” Salazar said.
The university investigated whether ICE has ever been to campus and they found no evidence of immigration authorities at ESU, according to Gwen Larson, assistant director of marketing and media relations.