College students protest Trump deportation plans
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.