Topic

Sanctuary campus

8 petitions

Started 2 weeks 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’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
592 supporters
Started 4 weeks 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
231 supporters
Started 3 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
144 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

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,

Stephanie Rodriguez
214 supporters