Col­lege stu­dents protest Trump de­por­ta­tion plans

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Carolyn Thomp­son

Col­lege stu­dents at cam­puses around the United States marched and ral­lied Wed­nes­day, urg­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors to pro­tect stu­dents and em­ploy­ees against im­mi­gra­tion ac­tion un­der a Don­ald Trump pres­i­dency.

Ral­ly­ing sup­port­ers on so­cial me­dia with the hash­tag #Sanc­tu­aryCam­pus, or­ga­niz­ers said ac­tions were planned at more than 80 schools, in­clud­ing Ver­mont’s Mid­dle­bury Col­lege, where about 400 peo­ple gath­ered, and Yale Univer­sity, where demon­stra­tors num­bered about 600.

Stu­dents sought as­sur­ances that their schools would not share their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion with im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials or al­low Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment agents on cam­pus.

“Can you imag­ine the fear that it would in­flict on col­lege cam­puses if hav­ing ICE agents walk into a cam­pus be­comes the sta­tus quo?” or­ga­nizer Car­los Ro­jas of the group Movimiento Cosecha, said by phone from New Jer­sey. “It would be ter­ri­fy­ing.”

The ac­tions con­tinue days of demon­stra­tions that have bro­ken out in ci­ties and high school cam­puses fol­low­ing Trump’s elec­tion vic­tory last week. The Repub­li­can’s cam­paign prom­ises in­cluded a vow to de­port mil­lions of peo­ple who are in the U.S. il­le­gally.

“I’m very fear­ful,” said Miriam Za­mu­dio, whose par­ents brought her to the U.S. from Mex­ico when she was six or seven. She wor­ries that the fam­ily in­for­ma­tion she pro­vided on her ap­pli­ca­tion for De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals Sta­tus will en­dan­ger her par­ents, who are liv­ing in the coun­try with­out le­gal per­mis­sion.

“We don’t know what Trump is go­ing to do,” Za­mu­dio said by phone as she pre­pared to join a protest at Rut­gers Univer­sity in New Jer­sey. “We don’t know if he is go­ing to de­mand this in­for­ma­tion and we want our ad­min­is­tra­tion and our school to stand with us.”


A large crowd gath­ers dur­ing a protest over some of Pres­i­dent elect Don­ald Trump poli­cies and to ask school of­fi­cials to de­nounce some of his plans at Rut­gers Univer­sity Wed­nes­day in New Brunswick, N.J. Col­lege stu­dents at cam­puses around the United States say they are plan­ning ral­lies and walk­outs to call on school ad­min­is­tra­tors to pro­tect stu­dents and em­ploy­ees against im­mi­gra­tion pro­ceed­ings un­der Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­dency.

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