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 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.**
Petition to University of Delaware, President Dennis Assanis
No Blue Hen Is Illegal
In light of recent executive orders that have put millions of undocumented immigrants at risk, and in light of the recent spike in hate speech and crimes on college campuses targeting immigrants, it is clearly imperative that the University of Delaware meaningfully address the specific challenges faced by, undocumented/DACA students and other vulnerable immigrant students. Thus, we students, faculty, staff, retirees, community members, and alumni urge you to review this petition and provide a public written response that specifically addresses each of the ten requests enumerated below. Here are our ten requests: 1. Hire an Undocumented Student Coordinator to advocate for, advise, represent, and protect undocumented/DACA students. The University of Maryland has recently announced the establishment of such a position, and the University of Delaware would do well to follow UM’s example so that someone with expertise can, on an ongoing basis, work within the University of Delaware administration to help provide security and equal educational opportunities for undocumented/DACA students. Undocumented/DACA students at UD often don’t know who to turn to, and an Undocumented Student Coordinator would solve that problem. 2. Establish and encourage local police policies that will ensure that: (a) all immigrant members of the community receive the same level of police protection that others receive, and (b) there exists a formal procedure for working with Undocumented/DACA students when they have been the victims of a crime and are filing a U Nonimmigrant Visa. In order for police to be effective, they need to have the cooperation of members of the community — regardless of immigration status. Where people are fearful of deportation, they are less likely to report crimes and cooperate with police. The New Castle County Police Department works closely with Victim Services to facilitate the U-Visa application process between law enforcement officials and the legal advocates of Undocumented victims of crime, which has created a sense of support within the undocumented communities interacting with law enforcement. Thus, for the sake of the safety of its undocumented/DACA students, the University should formally establish and announce the following policy (or a similar one) for the University of Delaware campus police, and consult with Newark city officials to encourage the establishment of the same policy for the Newark Police Department: All community members are encouraged to seek and obtain police assistance and protection, regardless of their specific immigration and/or documentation status. The enforcement of the nation’s civil immigration laws are the primary responsibility of the federal government and the University of Delaware Campus Police/Newark Police Department does not undertake immigration-related investigations and does not inquire into the specific immigration status of any person encountered during police operations.add citation 3. Provide sensitivity/diversity training to faculty and staff pertaining to undocumented/DACA students. Currently, diversity training at the University of Delaware does not specifically address the unique circumstances of undocumented/DACA students. Often, staff and faculty do not even know what being a DACA student means, which hinders the extent to which students can communicate with their professors about their needs in class. 4. Ensure that undocumented/DACA students have the same opportunities for admission and financial aid that other students have and that their access to academic programs within the University is not unreasonably limited by their citizenship status. The University should formally establish admission and financial aid policies that do not discriminate against undocumented/DACA students, and commit to ensuring that any financial awards given to such students are not withdrawn (e.g. by continuing to provide in-state resident tuition to DACA students who have qualified previously even if their DACA status is cancelled). The University should seek to provide greater equality for undocumented/DACA students by effectively communicating and establishing procedures to help them apply for, and understand the process of applying for, financial aid. This is necessary due to the difficulties and unique barriers undocumented/DACA students currently face when they seek financial aid. (For example, the policy requiring students to show proof of rejection is flawed and should be eliminated.) Certain academic programs and majors require the completion of internships or research, however, many of these programs ask for citizenship in order to apply. A thorough review of such policies is needed in order to determine what citizenship requirements are fundamental and which are unfounded and able to be amended. 5. Ensure an adequate process exists for directing undocumented/DACA students to on campus emergency housing, and allowing them to remain within campus boundaries, during situations of heightened threats of immigration enforcement. This includes providing undocumented/DACA students with the opportunity to use interim housing options in case of a heightened threat or potentially hostile situation. 6. Establish transparent campus-wide policies that define how the University would respond should U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) request information or assistance from the University, or should ICE officers appear at the University. 7. Provide culturally competent psychological counseling services for undocumented/DACA students and communicate the availability of such services to students. Fund a cluster diversity hire of counselors that can meet the needs of undocumented students, immigrant students, students of color, and LGBTQ identified students. 8. Reaffirm the University’s commitment to create a campus atmosphere of respect by denouncing hate speech, violence, or threats of violence directed at immigrant, ethnic minority, and LGBTQ students, and by informing the campus of existing resources for reporting and responding to identity-based hate incidents. 9. Give undocumented/DACA students the ability to opt out of attending the International Student Orientation and the choice to attend the orientation for domestic students instead. 10. Establish transparent policies that ensure that the University would provide help, such as legal services or emergency funds, should an immigrant student face detention or deportation proceedings. ************** In alignment with University of Delaware’s Statement of Responsibility to “respect every human being,” we the undersigned students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of Delaware call upon you, President Assanis, and the University of Delaware, to fulfill these ten requests. We do so as an expression of our commitment to ensuring the safety, health and well-being of undocumented/DACA students and their families. By moving to serve the immediate and long-term needs of our undocumented and DACA community members, we can foster a welcoming community for all of its members, regardless of religion, race, gender, sexuality, ability, or immigration status, and in accordance with the University of Delaware’s mission.
Petition to President Kent Fuchs, Vice President David Parrott
Make the University of Florida a Sanctuary Campus
It is the belief of Gators for a Sanctuary Campus, that the University of Florida should uphold its commitment to fostering a safe community for all students and faculty. At this moment in time, the safety of undocumented students and faculty is paramount and at risk. Thus, we, the students of the University of Florida, petition the administration of the UF, including President Kent Fuchs, to establish the University of Florida as a sanctuary campus under these provisions; 1) To not share students’ personal information, including address and immigration status, with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 2) Prevent immigration law enforcement agencies from conducting raids on campus, 3) Encourage campus police officers to decline to take on the responsibility of enforcing immigration law. If this goal is not met, undocumented students and faculty are at risk of deportation and the diversity of this university is threatened, along with the retention rate for many years to come. We call on our University to value and protect our fellow Gators. President Fuchs, you have made your support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) clear, citing the university's core belief of "inclusion and diversity." We ask that you boldly extend that grace to secure any undocumented students and faculty from any deportation threats. We respectfully ask you, President Fuchs, to meet the needs of undocumented students and faculty at this university and to secure their pursuit of happiness in this country.