Security is high priority as Vice President visits FIU
MIAMI, Fla. (CBS12) —
Major security concerns hit home, following Wednesday's attack in Virginia. In a matter of hours’ members of the Trump Administration, including Vice President Mike Pence are expected at Florida International University for a conference.
The Secret Service is already on campus making preparations for the Republican leaders visit Thursday.
“Everyone is on edge, you’re anxious, you just don't know what to think of,” said Fazzi Bhatti, who was on campus as security measures were put in place. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to arrive there by police motorcade, and will be protected by several Secret Service agents on campus.
“I think it's a security risk for everyone involved, everyone here,” said Bhatti.
Vice President Pence and other members of Trump’s Republican administration are coming to FIU for a conference to discuss Central American policy on security and prosperity.
“What happened in Virginia it could happen here you never know,” said Bhatti.
The Vice President will spend time with leaders from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala on the public campus.
“I feel like if they are going to do something like that it should be more in a private setting,” said Bhatti. He isn't the only one, many students don't feel comfortable with the conference on campus, but the State Department says appropriate security measures are in place at the Graham Center, where the event is taking place.
“I believe in God and I know he is with me at all times so when it's your day, it's your day, but I guess that is kind of dangerous,” said another student.
The school is equipped with anti-vehicle barriers, and numerous security cameras, giving authorities a strategic view, but Bhatti is thinking twice about coming to FIU Thursday. “You know what you got to take care of yourself and I feel like you know what, it’s not safe."
A protest is planned for the Republican leaders visit to the campus. Around 1,000 people are interested in attending according to a Facebook event post.