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Students at UConn look to establish "sanctuary" campus

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Students at UConn are looking to establish a "sanctuary" campus (WFSB) Students at UConn are looking to establish a "sanctuary" campus (WFSB)
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Two cities in Connecticut, Hartford and New Haven, are sanctuaries.

While it isn’t clear if a college or a university can be one, students feel strongly about this, and it has now becoming a movement.

"I am here at UConn. I pay for tuition out of pocket. Undocumented students do not get financial aid,” said Joseline Tlacomulco, who is a sophomore at UConn.

She was born in Mexico, but has been living in the United States since she was a child.

She, and other undocumented immigrants, are very concerned about what could happen when Donald Trump becomes president.

Earlier this week, students at Yale University and Wesleyan University held demonstrations, urging their schools to become sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. If that happens, the schools would not “support” any efforts to deport undocumented students.

On Wednesday night, UConn’s Student Government Association voted in favor of making the campus a “sanctuary.”

Daniel Byrd is the president of the school’s Undergraduate Student Government, and his concern is that Trump will rescind the program, which exempts students from deportation.

"We think it’s crucial that in order for students to have academic success, they can't have this threat hanging over them. Imagine writing an essay and fearing that ice agents will rip you out of your dorm room,” Byrd said.

UConn said they are reviewing this carefully. It is a public university, so it isn’t clear if it can become a sanctuary.

In the meantime, students said they want to be heard and will continue to fight for a safe haven.

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