College Students Nationwide Walk Out to Protest Trump

They're calling for 'sanctuary campuses'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 17, 2016 12:03 AM CST
College Students Rally for 'Sanctuary Campuses'
Protesters chant before marching through the streets in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday.   (Don Ryan)

(Newser) – 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, the AP reports. 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?" says organizer Carlos Rojas of the group Movimiento Cosecha. "It would be terrifying." Faculty and staff at several universities have signed petitions in support of making their campuses sanctuaries for people threatened with deportation—or anyone who faces discrimination. In one non-campus protest on Wednesday night, hundreds of people rallied on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall to protest Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon as a senior adviser. (Read more Trump protests stories.)

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