Define American

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Started 5 petitions

Petitioning Carlo Montemagno, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Protect undocumented students at SIUC

Dear Chancellor Carlo Montemagno, We, the students of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of immigration status. We particularly ask that Chancellor Montemagno and the University publicly express and demonstrate a commitment to the protection of all our students, especially those who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is being terminated, making students once again vulnerable, including risk of deportation, losing their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. We currently have several students with DACA attending our Carbondale campus, and that number may be higher when all SIU campuses are included. An attack on their safety is an attack on the entire SIU community and the values of openness and inclusivity that have made our university, our community, and our nation great. The time to act to protect our students’ education and future is right now. Students at this university who have DACA should not have to fear losing their education and feeling unsafe on our campus. Let’s show them – and all students – that we are the kind of community that has their back and they will always be welcome here. We call on you to declare that SIUC will always be open to students who are DACA recipients regardless of the program’s termination. To ensure the safety of our fellow students of all immigration statuses, we request the following steps be taken and a public statement be issued: 1. Make the university a safe campus that protects the undocumented form deportation or detention by refusing to assist in the enforcement of immigration laws except as required by law (according to the TRUST Act). 2. Protect student record information, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), by the following means: a. Refuse to turn over student information to immigration enforcement authorities except pursuant to a court order. b. Refrain from gathering information about students’ citizenship or immigration status in the course of providing educational or other services in connection with public safety activities, except as required in connection with tuition or financial aid eligibility. 3. Refuse immigration enforcement officials access to campus except to the extent required by a warrant or court order; ensure that students, advisors, and allies are prepared in the case of an ICE/CBP presence on SIUC’s campus by issuing a timely warning; and create an emergency plan in case of an ICE/CBP presence on campus. 4. Partner with local community organizations to help provide Immigration 101 trainings for faculty and staff so that they have a better understanding of our students’ urgent challenge and are better suited to help our immigrant students. 5. Expand CAPS and Saluki Cares resources to make DACA-specific counseling publicly available and to make Saluki Cares funding available to DACA/Undocumented students. 6. Provide a designated advisor to attend to the specific needs of DACA/Undocumented students, including emotional, legal, and financial aid concerns. 7. Allow DACA students to pay their current tuition rate and remain eligible for the same scholarships available to them prior to the termination of DACA. 8. Create a scholarship specifically for undocumented students on campus. 9. Issue a University statement urging Illinois and U.S. Congress to pass legislation protecting and supporting our DACA/Undocumented students and neighbors. 10. Take all these measures during the current academic year (in other words, immediately) so that DACA students can be assured of institutional support. Yours truly, Define American at SIUC, Hispanic Student Council, Latino Cultural Association, and SIU’s DACA/Undocumented students and allies Action Alliance Southern Illinois, Carbondale Racial Justice Coalition, Race Unity of Carbondale, Southern Illinois Immigrant Rights Project, and Jackson County’s DACA/Undocumented community members and allies

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552 supporters
Petitioning Missouri State Senate, Missouri State House

Petition to Act - Protect Missouri DACA Recipients

Dear State Senators and Missouri Representatives: We, the students of the University of Missouri, Columbia, believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of their immigration status. We particularly ask that you express commitment to the protection of all students, especially those who are recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA has been rescinded, making students once again vulnerable. This includes the risk of deportation, loss of their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. We currently have 35 students who benefit from DACA in the overall University of Missouri System. The time to act to protect our students is right now. Through months of dedication, we gained hundreds of signatures to protect the current 35 students who benefit from DACA in the overall UM System. Students at universities and colleges statewide who have DACA should not have to fear about losing their education or about their safety on campus. Let’s show them — and all students — that we are a community that supports them and that they’ll always be welcome here. We emphasize that this will not only affect students in the UM system but also their families. People’s lives are at stake and we can not stand by and watch them suffer. To ensure the safety of our fellow students of all immigration statuses, we request the following steps to be taken: We request that you publicly give a statement speaking on your stance about DACA. We request that you advocate for Missouri and all DACA recipients by meeting with other representatives, senators, and congress members to discuss ways in which DACA can be protected. We strongly urge you to take action to ensure that Missouri supports to keep DACA in place in the upcoming vote in March. We emphasize again that this affects our community deeply and we hope that you are on board to keep this community safe. Sincerely, The Association of Latin@ American Students

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231 supporters
Petitioning Presidio Graduate School, PGS Board and Leadership

Uphold Dreamers

Dear PGS Board and Leadership: We, the students of Presidio Graduate School (PGS), believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of immigration status. We particularly ask that PGS publicly express its commitment to the protection of all its students, especially those who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is being terminated, making students once again vulnerable including risk of deportation, losing their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. An attack on their safety is an attack on the entire PGS community. The time to act to protect our students is right now. Students at this university who have DACA should not have to fear losing their education and feel unsafe on our campus. Let’s show them — and all students — that we are the kind of community that has their back and they will always be welcome here. We call on you to declare that PGS will always be open to students with DACA regardless if the program is ended.Signed, Students of Presidio Graduate SchoolNote: this petition previously received 143 signatures on DefineAmerican.com

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5 supporters
Petitioning Michael A. McRobbie, Indiana University–Purdue University

Protect DACAmented Students

Dear President Michael A. McRobbie: We, the students of Indiana University–Purdue University (IUPUI), believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of immigration status. We particularly ask that President Michael A. McRobbie and the University publicly express its commitment to the protection of all its students, especially those who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is at risk of being terminated, making students once again vulnerable including risk of deportation, losing their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. Some IUPUI students have qualified for DACA. An attack on their safety is an attack on the entire IUPUI community. The time to act to protect our students’ education and future is right now. Students at this university who have DACA should not have to fear losing their education and feel unsafe on our campus. Let’s show them — and all students — that we are the kind of community that has their back and they will always be welcome here. We call on you to declare that IUPUI will always be open to students with DACA regardless if the program is ended. To ensure the safety of our fellow students of all immigration statuses, we request the following steps be taken and a public statement be issued: IUPUI Police will be devoted to maintaining a safe and secure environment to support the University’s research, education and public service missions. IUPUI police departments will not divert their resources from this mission in order to enforce federal immigration laws. Campus police officers will not contact, detain, question or arrest an individual solely on the basis of suspected undocumented immigration status or to discover the immigration status of any individual, and IUPUI Police will not undertake joint efforts with federal immigration enforcement authorities to investigate, detain or arrest individuals for violation of federal immigration law. Nonetheless, if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conduct immigration enforcement activities on campus, IUPUI Police will be called in to prevent injuries or property damage. In addition, where other federal law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have reason to pursue criminal suspects on campus, University Police may cooperate with those efforts to enforce criminal laws. IUPUI employees should not required to affirmatively assist federal immigration authorities or grant permission to enter limited access space when officers do not have a judicial warrant to enter. If an immigration officer seeks an employee consent to enter limited access space or requests information or documents from the employee about another individual, the employee will take steps to ensure that he/she has the authority to provide the requested access, information or documents. The employee will ask the officer for their name, identification number and agency affiliation; he/she will also ask for a copy of any warrant they may have, the employee will inform the officer that he/she is not obstructing their process but need to contact Campus/Medical Center Counsel for assistance. If employee is presented with a warrant by a federal immigration enforcement officer seeking to enter University housing or other limited access areas of his/her workspace on University property, the employee will take steps to ensure that the immigration enforcement officers have authority to enter the property before admitting them. (civil and administrative warrants do not authorize entry without consent, but a criminal search or arrest warrant may authorize entry without consent). Because it can be difficult to distinguish among different kinds of warrants, the employee will ask the officer for their name, identification number and agency affiliation; the employee will also ask for a copy of the warrant or subpoena presented, he/she will inform the officer that he/she is not obstructing their process but need to consult with Campus/Medical Center Counsel for assistance. Take these measures during the current semester (in other words, immediately) so that DACA students can be assured of institutional support. Thank you and God bless, IUPUI Students, DACA students, community leaders, former students, and other allies. Note: this petition previously received 654 signatures on DefineAmerican.com 

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9 supporters
Petitioning David Anderson, St. Olaf College

Protect undocumented students

Dear President David Anderson: We, the students of St. Olaf College, believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of immigration status. We particularly ask that President Anderson and the college publicly express its commitment to the protection of all its students, especially those who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is being terminated, making students once again vulnerable including risk of deportation, losing their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. We currently have students with DACA attending our university. An attack on their safety is an attack on the entire St. Olaf community. The time to act to protect our students is right now. Students at this university who have DACA should not have to fear losing their education and feel unsafe on our campus. Let’s show them — and all students — that we are the kind of community that has their back and they will always be welcome here. We call on you to declare that St. Olaf will always be open to students with DACA regardless if the program is ended. To ensure the safety of our fellow students of all immigration statuses, we request the following steps be taken and a public statement be issued: Make the university a sanctuary campus that protects the undocumented from deportation or detention, including refusing ICE (U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) access to the campus and student records. Continue to allow qualifying undocumented students to pay their current tuition rate. Take these measures during the current semester so that DACA students can be assured of institutional support. Signed, St. Olaf College Define American Chapter Note: this petition previously received 304 signatures on DefineAmerican.com

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