Topic

undocumented

7 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
794 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to 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

Define American
55 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
216 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Langley City Council

Pass an Inclusive City Ordinance in Langley, WA

Let's pass an Inclusive City ordinance and make Langley a safe place for all our residents  In the context of the current presidential administration, it is more important than ever that we come together as a community to protect the most vulnerable among us.  What is an Inclusive City? An Inclusive City is a place where local government officials do not turn over information about a person's immigration status to the Federal government, unless a criminal case is underway. In Inclusive towns and counties, diversity is honored; City staff do not ask about a resident's immigration, LGBTQ or religious status when they apply for permits, business licenses, assistance with childcare, or other services. Many places have been inclusive for many years, and others have passed ordinances since the election of Donald Trump in an effort to protect law-abiding undocumented people in their communities. Some cities have added religious groups into their ordinances because of the Trump administration's threats to create a registry of Muslim Americans.  Why do we need an ordinance? An ordinance is the strongest, most protective solution available to our community. An ordinance builds protections into the City's municipal code, and must be followed by all decision-makers. A resolution does not have the same authority. Inclusive protections for undocumented people--and for anyone targeted on the basis of their religion, nationality or ethnicity--will become part of our town's legal framework once an ordinance is passed. We are proposing an Inclusive City ordinance rather than a Sanctuary City ordinance because an Inclusive City ordinance includes all the protections of a Sanctuary City ordinance plus strong protections for persons of all religions. In becoming an Inclusive City, Langley would codify its answer to the question: what will we do when asked by the Federal government to collect and turn over information about people based on their immigration status, LGBTQ status, or religious affiliation? **IMPORTANT NOTE TO LANGLEY RESIDENTS: If you live within the city limits of Langley, please note that in the comments.**

Natasha Dworkin
334 supporters