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Oberlin College leader backs sanctuary campus campaign

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OBERLIN — In a letter of support for making Oberlin College a sanctuary campus, President Marvin Krislov outlined the way it would protect students should President-elect Donald Trump repeal the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program.

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DACA, established by an executive action under President Barack Obama, allows people brought to the United State as children with undocumented families “deferred action” for two years with the possibility of renewal.

Last month, six faculty and staff members from Oberlin College submitted a petition to Krislov with nearly 3,000 signatures asking him make the college a sanctuary campus in response to the Trump’s promise to deport millions of undocumented people.

On Thursday, Krislov responded with his support for the staff’s request.

He outlined several “practical measures” the college will take to protect those who might be at risk.

This includes admitting all qualified students regardless of immigration status; refraining from providing information about immigration status to government agents or allowing government agents to gain access to the campus, unless required to do so by a lawfully authorized directive; and identifying resources to promote the success of all students, including undocumented students.

Krislov said these policies will include finding sources to meet the financial need of a student who loses work eligibility or who lose a driver’s license as a result of changes in the DACA program.

“We will make referrals to legal experts, seek to identify transportation assistance, and make other support that may become necessary,” he wrote.

He said the college “will do everything we can” to support the community.

“Our commitment to inclusion has always been, and will always be, a fight for justice in the face of social, political and economic injustice,” Krislov wrote. “Undocumented students in the United States have organized with passion, courage, and determination to dismantle barriers related to immigration status on campuses and beyond.”

Krislov said the college will closely monitor changes in public policy and law and collaborate with others in higher education to “reinforce our unwavering support for undocumented students.”

Further, Krislov said he signed a “Statement in Support of the DACA program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students,” which was drafted by the president of Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and has been signed by hundreds of college and university presidents from public and private colleges.

In an email, Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies and one of the faculty who signed the petition, said she is “thrilled” with Krislov’s words of support.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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