SR 16-15 – Declaring Illinois College a Sanctuary Campus

Senator Gian Villagomez & Vice President Christian Flores

December 8th, 2016

WHEREAS; Illinois College is home to students who are protected by President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action.

WHEREAS; Illinois College is actively recruiting DACA students through scholarships and financial aid.

WHEREAS; President-elect Donald Trump has promised to “immediately terminate” DACA when he is inaugurated into office, leaving our undocumented students unprotected and subject to deportation and forceful removal from campus.

WHEREAS; Members of the Student Senate have heard student concerns and have been working closely with Nuestra Casa to gauge the fear of Illinois College’s latino and hispanic community.

WHEREAS; Students who are protected by DACA are unsure whether their education at this institution will be protected or they will have to make alternative arrangements.

WHEREAS; The Vision of Illinois College expresses a commitment to “build an international reputation for inspiring achievement and empowering students to make a difference in the world” and the College’s strategy map emphasizes “marketing to diversified constituencies” to expand visibility and financial resources.

WHEREAS; Members of the Student Senate have worked closely with members of the Faculty to understand the nationwide movement for institutions of higher education to become “Sanctuary Campuses.”

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED; That Illinois College be proactive and precautionary to assure that it will protect all of its students, despite immigration status. The Student Senate urges the administration of Illinois College to declare our home a Sanctuary Campus. This would involve that the College:

  • Ensure that the identities of undocumented and DACA members of our campus community be protected.
  • Refuse to comply with immigration authorities regarding deportations or raids.
  • Not allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) onto campus without a warrant.
  • Guarantee student privacy by refusing to release information regarding the immigration status of our students to any government agency.
  • Refuse all voluntary information sharing with the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs Enforcement and U. S. Customs and Border Protection across all aspects of the University to the fullest extent of the law as possible.
  • Reaffirm the College’s historical commitment to protect those most in need, as we did when Illinois College formed part of the Underground Railroad.
  • Create a campus atmosphere of respect by denouncing hate speech targeted at immigrants, people of color, Muslim and LGBTQ+ students.
  • Provide confidential legal counseling, using our devoted alumni network, to students with immigration law questions and issues.

Due to the uncertainty that the new presidential administration’s policies bring, the Senate urges a timely response from the College administration.

RESOLVED: The Student Senate will forward our concerns and recommendations to President Farley and the Administration of Illinois College. We urge the administration to give us a response by January 16th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is the day we return to class.

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