Petition to Eric Holcomb
Help undocumented students attend college
Hi I am a high school student in Indiana. I was recently denied a scholarship because of my citizenship status. I was made aware of a law here in Indiana that prohibits universities from awarding scholarships and in-state tuition for undocumented students. In 2017 SB 48 was introduced and if passed, it would allow undocumented students to recieve in-state tuition by fulfilling certain requirements. If this bill is not passed, many undocumented students will not be able to make their dreams of going to college happen. I am asking for your support so this bill is passed and many students like me are able to attend college.
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
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 Douglas G. Scrivner, DU Board of Trustees, Rebecca Chopp, James Griesemer, John W. Low, Catherine C. Shopneck, Margot Gilbert Frank, Frank Tuitt, Liliana Rodriguez, Gregg Kvistad, Armin Afsahi, Paul Chan
As part of a growing sanctuary movement across the country following the election of president Trump, concerned students, staff, and faculty at the University of Denver have demanded that the university administration take substantive steps toward making DU a sanctuary campus. While we understand the controversial nature of using the term "sanctuary", we believe that our shared commitments and efforts to vigorously protect the privacy and civil rights of all of our undocumented, international, marginalized, and persecuted community members are intended to establish and affirm our University campus as a safe and inclusive space in these uncertain times. DEMANDS (to name a few) -DU should not voluntarily participate with or allow immigration enforcement officials on our campus without a warrant, subpoena or court order. -DU should notify the DU community in the event that immigration enforcement officials request or attempt to enter our campus. -DU should not cooperate with any federal effort to create a registry of individuals based on any protected characteristics such as religion, national origin, race, or sexual orientation. -DU and the Office of the Chancellor should reconfirm its committment to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. -DU should continue to admit students consistent with its nondiscrimination policies, particularly as they relate to undocumented students -DU should develop a sancturary campus task force. -DU should provide financial and institutional support for the establishment of the Office of Immigrant Community Protection and Support (ICPS) -DU should create an emergency fund to support students, faculty, and staff affected by current and future immigration executive orders. *For more details, see portfolio.du.edu/sanctuary