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Yale University staff members and students filed a petition to make the university a Sanctuary Campus. (WFSB file photo) Yale University staff members and students filed a petition to make the university a Sanctuary Campus. (WFSB file photo)
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Yale University staff members and students filed a petition to make the university a Sanctuary Campus on Friday morning.

The petition was delivered to the office the campus president with 2,400 signatures. Last month, students held a protest of president-elect Donald Trump and participated in a nationwide walkout called the "Sanctuary Campus."

“In a climate of fear and hate, it is more important than ever for Yale as an institution to send a clear and loud message that our campus is safe for all students, staff and workers,” Faria Kamal, who is a doctoral fellow in the School of Medicine, said in a statement on Friday.  

Yale is looking to join the ranks of other universities declaring themselves as Sanctuary campuses including Columbia, University of Wesleyan and the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to the petition, the group created a list that outlined what a Sanctuary campus at Yale truly means. It includes a commitment to not cooperate with federal immigration authorities in enforcing certain deportations and, “an increase in institutional resources to undocumented and immigrant students,” the group said in a statement.

“Our movement is growing and we plan to hold the Yale administration accountable in providing a safe and accessible environment for all,” Mary Beth Mill-Curran, who is a graduate student at the Divinity School, said in a statement on Friday.  

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