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College Group's Funding Pulled After 'Alien Invasion' Speech

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 05:46 PM

A Virginia Tech student group has had its funding suspended following an October 28 speech by conservative political commentator Bay Buchanan on illegal immigration.

The school's Young Americans for Freedom chapter was informed it would not be funded for two semesters after Buchanan's standing-room-only speech before 300 students was reported in the school's newspaper, Ashley Pratte of Young America's Foundation, wrote on Breitbart.com.

The YAF chapter's chairwoman, Lauren McCue, obtained funding for the event from the Student Budget Board, but "apparently administrators didn't like the 'controversy' and 'stir' that it caused on campus," Pratte wrote.

McCue was told that her group's fliers went too far by advertising the event as, "Alien Invasion: How Illegal Immigration is Hurting America."

A Latino student group was offended, McCue was told, and her group was defunded because it had "violated the principles of community."

When McCue asked for a specific explanation, she was told the board "had an issue" with funding the event in the first place because Buchanan was the speaker, and if they had known she would be talking about immigration, a subject that "would create a problem on campus when there isn’t one — they never would’ve approved the funding for it."

McCue said she asked why the topic mattered, since the point of groups on campus is to allow for free speech. Max Frischman, head of the Student Budget Board, replied that "clubs like (hers) generally push buttons more than other organizations, given the nature of their mission."

Funding was denied just as the group had planned to celebrate Freedom Week by tearing down a mock Berlin Wall. McCue was told she would have to obtain insurance because of possible flying debris, and Frischman asked her, "How do we know that you will actually tear down a mock Berlin Wall and not focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict instead?"

Appearing on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on Tuesday, Pratte said that the event did allow questions from students and opposing views.

She also said McCue said that some Virginia Tech professors were requiring students to write pro-illegal immigration papers, apparently in response to the event.

"So I'm guessing if they had an event that was pro-illegal immigration it would have been fine," Pratte said.

McCue told the Young America's Foundation she felt disappointed in Virginia Tech for what she felt was intolerance toward conservatives.

"I feel discriminated against for speaking my mind and standing up for what I believe in as the chairwoman of my Young Americans for Freedom chapter," McCue said.

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