Earlier this year, a petition started by Minnesota Student Association President Abeer Syedah gained widespread traction across the student body. The document outlined the need for protection of immigrant and undocumented students on campus — effectively declaring the University of Minnesota a sanctuary campus. The move came at a time when rhetoric by the Trump campaign incited fear for many immigrant students. The move was an effort to bridge the gap between administration and those burgeoning fears.
The petition was signed by more than 1,500 people. Similar pushes were made at a Board of Regent demonstration and through the Council of Graduate Students and University Student Senate resolutions.
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President Kaler’s office responded by issuing a statement reaffirming the commitment of the University to embrace students from all backgrounds, which eventually led to the formation of the school’s Immigration Response Team’s formation.
University administrators, however, have not indicated they will symbolically
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