Senator Hits Harvard Over Stance on ROTC and Immigrants

September 24, 2010

A day after Harvard University's president said that it would reinstate a Reserve Officer Training Corps unit after the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy ends, Massachusetts' newest U.S. senator blasted the university for not having already done so -- at a time when its officials are pushing for a law that would help illegal immigrants attend college, The Boston Globe reported. “I am extremely disappointed to learn of Harvard University’s decision to continue to ban ROTC from its campus,’’ Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, said in a statement. “It is incomprehensible to me that Harvard does not allow ROTC to use its facilities, but welcomes students who are in this country illegally.’’ He added: "Harvard has its priorities upside down. They should embrace young people who want to serve their country, rather than promoting a plan that provides amnesty to students who are in this country illegally.’’ President Drew Gilpin Faust had said Wednesday that Harvard, like other institutions that ended ROTC units when the military began formally discriminating against gay people, would eagerly "regularize our relationship" with the armed forces when they end their policy that conflicts with Harvard's nondiscrimination policies.

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