Harvard community demands protection for undocumented students
Students, staff and faculty of the elite university delivered a petition asking the administration to protect undocumented students.
In the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s win and his recent comments on immigration, undocumented college students are mobilizing for their own protection.
More than 100 Harvard University students, staff and faculty gathered in front of Widener Library on Monday to urge the administration to protect undocumented students. More than 4,000 Harvard University students have signed a petition demanding action from the university administration, according to student paper The Harvard Crimson.
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“Harvard’s mission demands that the administration move beyond releasing a statement and implement concrete actions that protect all Harvard students—especially those members of our community who have been targets of discrimination during a hate-filled and anxiety-inducing election cycle,” the petition reads.
“Harvard seeks to identify and to remove restraints on students’ full participation, so that individuals may explore their capabilities and interests and may develop their full intellectual and human potential,” the mission statement reads in part.
Dr. Loc Truong, director of diversity and inclusion at Harvard, said in an email to The Boston Globe that the university’s offices will work to help undocumented students.