Princeton Defends Border Patrol Job Listing

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

Princeton University defended a job posting for U.S. Customs and Border Protection available for its students online, a Monday report revealed.

Students at the Ivy League school complained that the job listing could be accessed via Handshake, a third-party recruiting service to which the university provides its students access, according to Campus Reform.

More than 500 colleges have subscribed to Handshake, which hosts jobs advertised by more than 250,000 employers, reported The Daily Princetonian.

“In the past, there have been problematic job postings, [such as] openings at private prisons,” Princeton politics student Samuel Santiago, who posted about the job to Facebook, told The Daily Princetonian. “So I was not surprised.”

“This is absurd omg,” Princeton public and international affairs student Sofía Briones Ramírez commented on Santiago’s post.

“The foreign language proficiency had me rolling. Really?? Lol,” former Princeton student Nicole Hardy remarked. “Would a qualifying language be idk Spanish????”

Complaints over the Ivy League school’s link to an agency defending the border mirrors complaints lodged by members of other institutions, such as Amazon and Microsoft, against their organizations’ dealings with border enforcement agencies. (RELATED: The Power Of The Protesting Employee: Big Tech Companies Are Being Taken Over By Low-Level Workers)

Princeton defended Handshake’s posting of the border patrol job.

“We acknowledge that not all opportunities are of interest to all students,” Princeton Assistant Vice President for Xommunications Daniel Day said to The Daily Princetonian. “Still, we believe it is appropriate to leave it to the members of our community to make their own personal decisions about the paths they pursue.”

The administration also encouraged students to continue to express their views.

“I have a great deal of empathy for anything with respect to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” Princeton Interim Executive Director of Career Services Eva Kubu said. “I strongly support our students having the freedom to voice concerns over opportunities that they feel should not be in the system or that they have an ethical or moral concern with.”

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