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Antisemitism prompts House Education Committee to investigate Harvard, MIT, UPenn

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The House Education and the Workforce Committee announced Thursday it will investigate Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania over allegations that the prestigious colleges have failed to address rampant antisemitism on their campuses.

The announcement comes after Representative Elise Stefanik (R., N.Y.) and fellow committee Republicans questioned Harvard president Claudine Gay, University of Pennsylvania president Liz Magill, and MIT President Sally Kornbluth  Tuesday in a hearing on the rise of antisemitism in the wake of the Hamas attack of October 7.

“After this week’s pathetic and morally bankrupt testimony by university presidents when answering my questions, the Education and Workforce Committee is launching an official Congressional investigation with the full force of subpoena power into Penn, MIT, & Harvard and others,” Stefanik said in a statement.

Pressed on whether calls for “intifada” and chants such as “from the river to the sea Palestine will be free,” which calls for the destruction of the Jewish state, violate campus codes of conduct, the university presidents argued that the slogans fell within the bounds of protected speech and said they could not interfere unless demonstrations degenerated into physical violence.

Asked specifically whether “calling for Jewish genocide” constitutes an infringement of school policy, the presidents argued that such a statement would also fall within the bounds of protected speech. But their administrations have staked out a different position with respect to speech that allegedly threatens the safety of so-called marginalized communities on campus. Harvard is ranked dead last on the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression’s free-speech ranking list.

National Review reports:

Within 24 hours, following public backlash to their blasé attitudes, Gay and Magill issued supplementary statements assuring that they condemn calls for genocide against the Jewish community.

House Education and Workforce chairwoman Virginia Foxx said the presidents’ poor showing has created “deep concerns with their leadership.” Demands that the presidents resign have circulated on X. The committee’s probe will look into the college’s learning environments, policies, and disciplinary protocols.

“This investigation will include substantial document requests, and the Committee will not hesitate to utilize compulsory measures including subpoenas if a full response is not immediately forthcoming,” Foxx said in a statement.“Other universities should expect investigations as well, as their litany of similar failures has not gone unnoticed.”

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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