CLAREMONT, Calif. – Student leaders at Pomona College are launching a new ride share service for incoming students, but only illegal immigrants and other minority students will benefit.
“The Associated Students of Pomona College is launching our Airport Rideshare system by providing domestic incoming first-year and transfer students free-of-charge transportation from LAX (Los Angeles International) and Ontario Airport to campus the evening before and morning of move-in day,” according to a form shared on the Pomona College Class of 2021 Facebook page.
“For the launch of this program, we are prioritizing students from low-income, first-generation, DACA/undocumented, mixed (immigration) status family, and/or ‘non-traditional’ family structure backgrounds.”
The form claims “future airport rideshares will be open to all students” but asks newcomers to accept the exclusions for 2017.
“Please respect this and your future classmates’ needs and experiences,” the form read, according to The Claremont Independent.
The news site points out “it is unclear why students from immigrant backgrounds, including those in the EB-5 Immigrant Investment Program, or ‘non-traditional’ families, require special assistance in procuring transportation to campus from area airports.”
“In its announcement of the program, ASPC did not provide details as to how it would determine which students seeking fee rides do in fact belong to the specific groups it declared to be eligible for the service.”
The new service is funded through a $355 annual student body fee the ASPC charges every student, including those who are excluded from the free rides.
The form posted online does not define the term “non-traditional,” but The College Fix reports “the term has often been applied to children raised by homosexual couples.”
International students are provided transportation to the college through a different program.
The Facebook post sent some folks into a rage.
“This is discrimination. If ALL students pay into the ASPC then ALL students should benefit from it,” Lozanna Burlingame posted. “Imagine if only the white kids got this benefit? How well would that go over?
“You are being racist with this distribution of benefits,” Burlingame continued. “Shame on you.”
“How about students who’ve lost a family member killed by an illegal alien?” Mark Ashworth added. “Anything for them?”
Pomona student Matthew Ludlam wrote in to the Independent to stress that low-income students aren’t the only ones struggling to cover the hidden costs of moving to the school.
“It isn’t only difficult for low-income students – the hidden costs of moving in can put a toll on the household degrading the quality of life not only for the student but also their parents or potential siblings,” Ludlam wrote. “Colleges give us a quote for how much it will cost, but these quotes do not accurately portray many of the hidden costs involved with being a student.”
“The order should be determined by need, as that is the most accurate standard of application for this (program),” he wrote. “Those groups they mention are going to be the most likely ‘in need’ … the only problem I have is with the third group (non-traditional families) … they just need better parameters.”
ASPC President Maria Vides later clarified on Facebook what, exactly, the student government considers a “non-traditional” family.
“Non-traditional,” she wrote, refers to “students whose parents can’t travel with them to campus.
“It doesn’t necessarily constitute low-income students only.”