Topic

Sanctuary campus

9 petitions

Started 5 months ago

Petition to Phil Schubert, Abilene Christian University

Protect Undocumented Students at Abilene Christian University

Dear President Phil Schubert: We, the students of Abilene Christian University, believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of immigration status. We particularly ask that you 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 has been 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 ACU community. The time to act to protect our students is right now. Students at this university who have DACA, and those who are undocumented without 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. Jesus said, in Matthew 25:34-40, that, “…the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’” We call on you to declare that Abilene Christian University will always be open to undocumented students with or without DACA. 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 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. 2. Continue to allow qualifying undocumented students to pay their current tuition rate. 3. Take these measures during the current semester (in other words, immediately) so that DACA students can be assured of institutional support. Signed, the Students of Abilene Christian University

Define American
90 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to 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 Undergraduate Student Government, 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

Define American
2,000 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to 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

Define American
382 supporters
Started 9 months ago

Petition to University of Louisville Interim President Greg Postel

Make UofL a sanctuary campus

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. 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. Sincerely, The University of Louisville community

Social Justice Action Project
171 supporters