The following comes from a November 17 Mercury News article by Tatiana Sanchez:
Standing in solidarity with their undocumented immigrant peers, students at Santa Clara University vowed to protect them from any potential immigration policies that may come under the Trump administration, including mass deportations.
At a rally that started out at the university’s Mission Church, about 200 students, faculty and staff members gathered to show support to those who feel targeted by President-elect Donald Trump’s rhetoric, according to the Undocumented Students and Allies Association, which organized the walkout. The association has also called on school administrators to designate the institution a “sanctuary campus,” where federal immigration officials would be barred from entering.
The group has joined a growing movement in which students and alumni at universities nationwide are pushing to turn their institutions into safe havens to ensure that immigrant students are given an equal opportunity to learn.
Many undocumented students worry Trump will carry out mass deportations as soon as he takes office, an element that formed a critical part of his presidential campaign and has since risen to the top of his priority list for his first 100 days as president.
In a letter to leaders of Cal State, the University of California and the community college system, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote that California’s public colleges and universities should be declared “sanctuary campuses” and protect law-abiding students from the threat of deportation.