- The Washington Times - Monday, April 17, 2017

An Arizona State University professor reportedly allowed her human-rights class to hold an anti-President Trump protest instead of taking a final exam.

Angeles Maldonado, who teaches Global Politics of Human Rights at the university’s Tempe campus, gave her roughly 20 students the option of taking a test or creating a group project, The Arizona Republic reported.

The students chose the group project, which turned out to be a demonstration largely protesting Mr. Trump’s immigration policies, the newspaper reported.

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“The class decided that as a group project they wanted to make their voices heard about the issues that are affecting them today, so instead of just reading about the human-rights violations, they’d speak out about the current violations that are happening,” Ms. Maldonado told the paper.

The students on Thursday formed a human wall and chanted “Wall Against Hate!,” protesting Mr. Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. The protesting students also called attention to LGBT rights, women’s rights and the Black Lives Matter movement, The Republic reported.

At one point, campus police arrived to warn the demonstrators not to block foot traffic. The protest eventually moved out of the way onto Hayden Lawn and continued without incident, The Republic reported.

The university issued a statement in support of the demonstrating students for exercising their free speech rights.

“As an institution of higher education and an environment that promotes academic freedom, Arizona State University supports the free exchange and expression of ideas,” the school said. “All individuals and groups on campus have the right to express their opinions, whatever those opinions may be, as long as they do not violate student code of conduct and student organization policies and do not infringe on another student’s individual rights. This policy applies to all students.”

Ms. Maldonado is no stranger to protests. According to her university profile, the Mexico-born professor “has been closely involved in the immigrant rights movement in Arizona” and has “spent many hours organizing protests against Sheriff [Joe] Arpaio.”

On Sunday, Ms. Maldonado retweeted a story from The Washington Post saying arrests of immigrants with no criminal records have more than doubled under the Trump administration.

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