Students Petition to make UTRGV a Sanctuary Campus

EDINBURG, Texas - A group of students from the UTRGV has submitted a petition to the school's president to make the university a sanctuary campus. We report on how the uncertainty of their future in this country has led the students to submit that petition.

 

23-year-old, Abraham Diaz, will be graduating college in May. Instead of just worrying about his grades, he and more than 900 DACA recipients at UTRGV are also worried that with the new U.S. President, police and immigration officers would go into campus and detain undocumented students.

 

That lead Abraham and a few other students to send a petition to the school's president to declare UTRGV a sanctuary campus.

 

Diaz says, "We want to make this campus a sanctuary campus, where everybody can feel safe. Where we can know that we can be in peace and focus on our education."

 

Staying in fear and quiet is not an option for some of the students. That's why they decided to jump on this movement and help collect nearly 1,000 signatures, surpassing the 500 they needed to submit the petition. 

 

Fernando Sifuentes says, "It's a very tough situation. I've been through a lot. I just want to be there for others. I don't want to stay quiet. I saw my parents struggle through it, and I always got mad."

 

One professor says this issue can be taken care of quick if given priority, and that local politicians should get involved with this too.

 

Associate Professor Stephanie Alvarez said, "It's just up to the leadership and how fast they want to move, and also the local politicians. They need to come out and make a statement as well."


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