On Tuesday evening, student leaders at the University of Southern California voted to ask the administration to make the the university a ‘sanctuary campus’ for illegal immigrants.
The measure, sponsored by student senators Paul Samaha and Kate Oh, would prevent USC from sending immigration information about students and faculty to federal officials.
In an 11-1 vote, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) passed the resolution, with Senator Leena Danpour as the sole dissenting voice. The vote comes after over 5,000 people signed an online petition demanding that the school fight against “the vitriol and hate crimes that immigrants and people of color are experiencing across the nation.”
The petition, organized by Professors George Sanchez, Jody Vallejo, Manuel Pastor, and more, also “call[s] for [USC] to implement a plan to ensure that our campus is a sanctuary for undocumented students, staff, and their family members who face imminent deportation.” The petition ends with a declaration of support for all illegal immigrants and their families at USC and beyond.
Student protesters around the country are declaring their schools to be “safe spaces” for illegal im…
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