Florida International University probes group texts attacking immigrants

Posted at 7:37 AM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 07:37:47-05

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida college says it is investigating reports that the school's Republican student chapter used a text-messaging group to offend immigrant classmates and mock victims of the Charlottesville rally attack.

Florida International University's spokeswoman Maydel Santana said on Tuesday the student affairs' division had no record of previous reports implicating the College Republicans.

A former club leader said he notified student affairs in April about similar chats. Student Mauricio Pons made the claim as he announced he was stepping down as vice chairman because of the "hate speech."

Images published by the Miami New Times show the group shared messages such as "call ICE," on a day students demonstrated for immigrant rights. A meme of a photo of the August car attack in Charlottesville referred to its victims as "snowflakes."