Eric Cruz Lopez, an illegal alien student activist in Connecticut unwittingly has cost his fellow undocumented aliens millions in state funds. Earlier this month Cruz Lopez was charged with 103 counts of vandalism at the University of Connecticut. Much of the vandalism was anti-Trump.
Cruz Lopez is a community organizer for an organization that pushes for illegal immigrants. He is in this country under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), an Obama-era program that grants amnesty to some illegal alien children. He was arrested and admitted to the vandalism:
Cruz-Lopez reportedly gave police a written statement that said, “I did the graffiti,” and “I am open to entering into a conversation about restitution,” reported the local publication.
The University expended $4,255 to remove the graffiti and clean up the damage. The Homer Babbidge Library, the Student Union, and other university buildings were defaced.
But that vandalism may end up hurting the people he has vowed to represent – illegal aliens. The state of Connecticut was weighing a bill that would give illegal immigrant students access to financial aid. But now, that bill is in limbo due to the high-profile vandalism case:
The case led state House leaders to postpone a planned vote last week on legislation that would open up $165 million in institutional financial aid to students without legal status at public colleges and universities. Those students are studying under an Obama-era executive order known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which grants them special visas.
State Sen. Beth Bye, a West Hartford Democrat and co-chair of the legislature’s Higher Education Committee, said she’s still hopeful lawmakers will look past the arrest and to the bigger picture.
“It’s frustrating to see this one person’s action, in a moment in time, hurt the hopes and dreams of hundreds of Connecticut college students, putting their hopes and dreams out of reach,” she said. “His actions are not indicative at all of who these students are.”
The legislation narrowly passed the state senate. But now it might not even get a vote in the lower chamber.