Make UofL a sanctuary campus
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President Trump’s racist rhetoric was a concern to many during and after the election. Now that he is in office he has continued to make statements and push forward policies that actively harm immigrants. One of those concerning statements was candidate Trump’s promise to repeal DACA on day one. While the “day one repeal” never happened, President Trump has begun to take steps to dismantle DACA.
What is DACA? The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was put in place in 2012 by the Obama administration, allowing certain undocumented immigrants, who were under the age of 16 and brought to the United States before 2007, to remain in the United States without the threat of being deported. Anyone who is granted deferred action can receive a work permit, a social security number, a credit card, a driver’s license, etc. Those who are currently receiving DACA have to reapply every 2 years. These people are sometimes called “dreamers.”
President Trump has recently announced that this policy is coming to an end in 6 months, unless Congress makes it a law, which will threaten the lives and families of the 800,000 DACA recipients. Repealing DACA means that not only are the dreamers in jeopardy of being deported, but that pursuit of education is in jeopardy.
What can we do? We can encourage Interim President Greg Postel to take action by making the University of Louisville an official sanctuary campus. By becoming a sanctuary campus the University of Louisville would take steps to protect undocumented members of the U of L community. Sanctuary campuses around the country have adopted policies including not allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers onto campus without a warrant, not sharing immigration status with ICE, not collecting information on citizenship status, providing tuition support for “dreamers,” committing to distance-learning options for deported students so that they can finish their degrees, providing support to students regardless of immigration status (legal, medical, and mental health help). Greg Postel, Interim President of University of Louisville, has already issued a message to the UofL community showing concern and recommending resources regarding DACA. We want the University of Louisville to take this concern one step further and make UofL an official sanctuary campus.
Please stand in solidarity with all members of the University of Louisville community regardless of their citizenship status, and support us in making University of Louisville a sanctuary campus by signing the following letter to Interim President Greg Postel.
We, the undersigned, appreciate your concern regarding DACA and your statements of support of all members of the UofL community. We ask you to stand behind our diversity slogan, “You Belong”, and make the University of Louisville an official sanctuary campus. Sanctuary campuses across the United States have offered protection to undocumented members of their communities by adopting policies including: not allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers onto campus without a warrant, not sharing immigration status with ICE, not collecting information on citizenship status, providing tuition support for students regardless of citizenship status, committing to distance-learning options for deported students so that they can finish their degrees, and providing support to students regardless of immigration status (legal, medical, and mental health help). We ask you to enact an official Sanctuary Campus status and to adopt policies like these which support and protect our undocumented community members, who are a valuable asset to our university community regardless of their immigration status.
The University of Louisville community
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