Students Demand ‘Sanctuary Campuses’ for undocumented immigrants
With the demands for “sanctuary campuses”, students at college campuses across the United Sates led walkouts on Wednesday, protesting the immigration proposals of President-elect Donald Trump and calling on their universities to protect undocumented immigrants.
Reportedly, students have been leading protests this week along with petitions, students have asked universities to declare themselves “sanctuary campuses,” based on “sanctuary cities” which have pledged to do what they can to protect residents from deportation.
Reportedly on Wednesday, schools from Amherst College in Massachusetts to East Los Angeles College in California, students walked out to request the same of their campuses.
“Given the outcome of the Presidential election, we call on Oberlin College to stand with other colleges and universities and investigate how to make Oberlin a sanctuary campus that will protect our community members from intimidation, unfair investigation, and deportation,” students at Ohio’s Oberlin College wrote in a letter to the college president on Monday, which was signed by more than 2,400 students, faculty, alumni and family members.
Reports have showed that similar petitions, asking universities to shield undocumented students from immigration enforcement actions, have been making rounds at various other colleges in the US.
“Undocumented migrants are a population directly at risk as a result of one of Trump’s campaign promises,” students at New York City’s New School wrote in a letter to university leaders, TIME reported. “This is not an abstract issue: his promise to increase deportations and end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program puts some of our students, staff members and their family members at risk.”
The Washington Post reported that at Harvard, faculty members wrote a letter published in the Harvard Crimson, asking the administration to take certain steps to make it“clear that Harvard will use all legal and practical means at our disposal to protect all members of our community in the months and years to come.”
Princeton authorities informed that such discussions are underway, following a social media post for promotion of walkout event, “Princeton must take a stand against the hate and violence that Trump has incited… We cannot let Princeton be neutral in a time of such danger and urgency to our communities.”
The heated walkout protests for the cause were taken to social media as well.
— Rachel O’Grady (@r__og) November 16, 2016
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Reportedly, Trump has said he plans to deport about 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants since this was one of his election campaign claims.
President Barack Obama this week said he will urge Trump’s administration not to deport participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides a temporary deportation reprieve to people brought to the U.S. illegally as children.“These are kids who were brought here by their parents,” Obama said Monday. “They did nothing wrong. They have gone to school. They have pledged allegiance to the flag. Some of them joined the military. They’ve enrolled in school. By definition, if they are part of this program, they are solid, wonderful young people of good character. And it is my strong belief that the majority of the American people would not want to see, suddenly, those kids have to start hiding again.”