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Petition for SUNY "sanctuary campuses"

by brockportnews
Tue, Feb 7th 2017 10:00 pm
Screenshot taken from online petition
Screenshot taken from online petition

 More than 100 signatures from The College at Brockport students and/or faculty mark the petition to make State University of New York campuses sanctuary campuses. Sanctuary schools vow to protect students of undocumented, refugee or dual-citizenship status. 

The petition came in response to many of United States President Donald Trump's proposed policies; most recently, the petition fights against the executive order that halts immigration benefits, visa applications, and travel into the U.S. by those with dual citizenship from seven Muslim-majority countries:  Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

The long list of signatures, initiated on December 19, contains signatures from campuses from across the SUNY system. Urging SUNY Chancellor Nancy ZImpher and the Board of Trustees to take action, the petition asks administration to commit to the protection of international students, as well as those protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

"We, the undersigned members of the SUNY community, urge you to take action to ensure our campuses are safe and supportive for students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families of different races, religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and immigration statuses," the petition states.