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
Petition to Texas A&M University- Commerce
Texas A&M University- Commerce Sanctuary Campus Petition for DACA/Undocumented Students
Texas A&M University- Commerce Sanctuary Campus Petition Dear President Keck, In the wake of the recent presidential elections, many students at Texas A&M University- Commerce are uncertain of what is to come in the near future. In particular, DACA students at Texas A&M university- Commerce worry about what a Trump presidency could bring for them and their families. In light of this, we - students, faculty, staff and community members - call on the University to implement measures that will work to ensure the safety and protection of undocumented students at Texas A&M University Commerce. With inauguration of the Trump administration, we anticipate that protections afforded under DACA program will end, as was often promised during the campaign season. The prospect of what will eventuate in January 2017 has spread terror among DACA students and their families. In the next semester, we face the possibility of mass arrests, imprisonment, and deportation for students who have spent most of their lives in the United States and have been educated in American school classrooms. First, we ask that you consider implementing public support for DACA students and their families as they are our friends with whom we learn together. We offer our heartfelt assistance.Second, we ask the administrators of Texas A&M University- Commerce to provide the assistance that is within their power. Specifically, we request that you:• Develop protocol for Texas A&M University- Commerce to become a sanctuary campus. According to a 2011 memorandum, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are subject to restrictions in sensitive areas, such as University College Campuses. (see https://www.ice.gov/doclib/ero-outreach/pdf/10029.2-policy.pdf• Ensure that student privacy remains guaranteed.• Assign an administrative office the responsibility for counseling DACA students on their educational situation. Advertise that DACA student counseling services are available on a strictly confidential basis.• Continue in-state resident tuition for DACA students who have qualified previously.• In the event of arrest, imprisonment, and deportation, or due to student reluctance to travel to or appear on campus, have in place arrangements for online continuation of their degree programs.• Take these measures during the current semester (in other words, immediately) so that DACA students can be assured of institutional support towards continuing in school next semester, retention, and completion of their degree programs.• Make TAMUC DREAMers a UCSO (Unsafe School Choice Option), allowing them to be an advocacy group for undocumented students, ensuring continued advocacy for undocumented students as student leader’s graduate. Texas A&M University- Commerce is a school that prides itself on its sense of community and diversity efforts. The university’s vision for the future is to “provide a sense of community through a nurturing environment for ALL individuals in order to maximize learning, career and personal development”. So we ask that you fulfill that vision by insuring your support to DACA students on campus. The best way to make this happen is to create a setting with these policies in place so that our DACA students can feel safe on their own campus, just as any other student. Please show us how Texas A&M University- Commerce protects its undocumented community during their times of need and how it continues to strive towards a more inclusive environment for ALL students. Awaiting Your Action,
Petition to Rider University, Rider University President, Rider President Dr. Greg Dell'omo, Mercer County Community College, MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang
Rider University: Sanctuary now!
In a recent Rider News article, Rider University President Dell’omo is quotes saying that Rider University would not adopt policies consistent with a “sanctuary university campus” which includes a set of policy guidelines to provide support for students, faculty, staff and campus residents that could come under attack by government anti-immigrant policies and policies targeting foreign born from designated nations, currently including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Rider has a housing sharing agreement with Mercer County Community College so there is interest in the students and administration of Mercer County College in protecting the campus grounds from encroachments by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The American Association of University Professors, which represents the faculty, librarians, athletic coaches and athletic trainers at Rider, supports sanctuary policies. Their official statement reads as follows: "Of special importance is the status of those among our students who are undocumented, many of whom have been in this country since early childhood. Concern for the welfare of these students has already prompted a rash of petitions calling on colleges and universities to become ‘sanctuary campuses.’ We support the movement for sanctuary campuses." It is only by taking such steps can institutions like Rider University truly support the safety and well being of the student body and truly commit itself to diversity. We call upon President Dell’omo, the administration, and Rider’s Board of Trustees to adopt policies consistent with declaring itself a sanctuary campus and that these steps be taken in support of students, faculty, university and contracted service staff and residents who partake in the Rider residency sharing arrangements with other colleges. Due to the housing sharing agreement between Rider University and Mercer County Community College, we also direct this petition to Dr. Jianping Wang, president of Mercer County College and also call for similar protections for on the Mercer County College campus for the community that studies, works and visits there. We call upon Dr. Wang to join us in making these demands for the Rider campus as well. We also call upon the administrations of all of NJ universities and colleges to adopt these standard protections for the students, staff, faculty and campus visitors: Rider University, Mercer County Community College, and all NJ college and university administrations must adopt the following specific policies: 1. The refusal of campus police/public safety to enforce immigration law. 2. Refusal to allow the United States Immigration and Customs Encorcement (ICE) onto campus without a warrant, and deny any student immigration status requests from ICE. 3. The college/university will not collect student information on immigration or citizenship status; that is, the institution(s) will ensure equal opportunity to all. 4. The college/university will provide tuition support, including in-state tuition rates at public universities to students with DACA status. 5. The college/university will provide distance-learning options for deported students to complete their degrees. 6. The college/university will provide confidential legal support to students with immigration law questions and issues. This petition has been launched and is supported by: Rider Students’ Union COSECHA Decarcerate the Garden State
Petition to Sheri N. Everts, Donald Trump, Margaret Spellings
Stop Appalachian State University From Becoming A Sanctuary University
--- WE THE STUDENTS OF APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY AND/OR CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA HEREBY REQUEST THAT THE LEADERSHIP OF UNC SYSTEM / APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY IMMEDIATELY AND PUBLICLY DENY THIS REQUEST. --- Appalachian State University's Student Government Association President Mr. Howard and Vice-President Mr. Dawson have recently announced that the SGA officially urges the Appalachian State University Board of Governors and Administartion to declare the the University as a SANCTUARY UNIVERSITY (akin to Sanctuary Cities). The announcement can be found here: ASU SGA - Official Announcement 030717 This ridiculous request from the SGA for the University, a federally funded institution, to engage in an act of defiance against Federal laws is not only shame to the University system, but a danger to all citizens of the United States of America. It also potentially endangers federal funding. It requests: That the University and Administration and Campus Police do not assist, or prevent, or actively work against Federal agencies or law enforcement. Implement new costly programs to continue to provide education to "undocumented students" even after they are arrested, imprisoned, deported, "or afraid to appear on campus". Mandatory training for University employees and optional training for students to indoctrinate political correctness. Create funds to directly assist individuals and families of undocumented students, and faculty/staff. Create more "safe spaces" on campus for undocumented students and others, where freedom of speech is restricted. And more!