Former United States Treasurer Angela "Bay" Buchanan will be speaking today on the topic of "Illegal Immigration and Patriotic Assimilation" in an event sponsored by Vanderbilt's chapter of Youth for Western Civilization. Several student groups plan to protest the event.
Sophomores Trevor Williams and Devin Saucier founded the chapter of Youth for Western Civilization at the beginning of this school year. According to Saucier, who is the group's vice president, Buchanan will specifically be addressing the drug violence at the Mexican-American border, as well as her proposed solution of upholding rule of law in the area. She will also be discussing the "phenomenon of non-assimilation" among immigrants to the U.S. and Europe.
Members of the Multicultural Leadership Council, Lambda and Students of Nonviolence plan to protest as well as attend Buchanan's lecture. The "Pro-Immigrant Rally" is being described on Facebook as an attempt to show "significant student opposition" to Buchanan's views on illegal immigration.
Williams and Saucier, who have recruited 10 members to their chapter since its beginning, said they are concerned with non-assimilation in recent immigrant populations.
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