UNR Students Ask For 'Sanctuary Campus' Designation

Dec 7, 2016

A group of students at the University of Nevada, Reno is delivering a petition to university president Marc Johnson, urging him to designate U-N-R as a sanctuary campus for undocumented students.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports.

Alejandra Hernandez Chavez is with the Latinx Student Advisory Board, the group behind the push.

She says they’re holding a silent demonstration Thursday morning at 11, where they will also be asking for the addition of an undocumented student coordinator position and expansion of campus legal services to assist those students.

“We feel that is part of being a sanctuary campus,” she says. “If we’re going to protect these people and we’re going to serve them like we should, then we should have this position and these services available.”

In an emailed statement, University President Marc Johnson says he supports the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, but made no mention of becoming a sanctuary campus.

DACA was enacted by President Obama in 2012, and allows certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors to defer deportation and receive temporary work permits.

President-elect Donald Trump has said he will revoke Obama’s executive orders upon entering office, which could include repealing DACA.