Posted on November 15, 2016

Students Demand ‘Sanctuary Campuses’ to Protect Them From Trump

Anthony Gockowski, Campus Reform, November 14, 2016

College students across the country are now demanding that their schools be converted into sanctuary campuses to protect illegal immigrants from President-elect Donald Trump’s vowed crackdown on immigration.

At Harvard University, for instance, “concerned” students and faculty presented a petition to the elite school’s administration in which they “urgently demand that you directly support our undocumented students.”


Among the demands are calls for the hiring of a “full-time Assistant Dean under the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion” whose sole objective will be to “support the undocumented/DACA-mented students at the college.”

Additionally, the ultimatum orders Harvard’s administration to “establish a distinct budget for undocumented students” to “cover fees associated with immigration-related legal proceedings,” and to hire “a mental health professional” to work with “marginalized communities.”


At Brown University, students and staff have also submitted a letter to their administration demanding that it “investigate the possibility of our campus serving as a sanctuary for students, our staff members, and their family members who face imminent deportation,” using language that is almost precisely the same as that of Yale’s petition.


Another petition is making its way around the University of Wisconsin, Madison’s campus, where students and faculty are asking the administration “to implement a plan to declare our campus a sanctuary for undocumented and DACAmented students, staff, and their family members who face imminent deportation,” again using language strikingly similar to that of the previously mentioned petitions.

Similarly, student activists at the University of Connecticut are demanding that the school “become a legal sanctuary for undocumented students and their families by the end of the calendar year.”