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California State University Aims To Protect Undocumented Students From Donald Trump


With the growing concern about the future of undocumented students across the nation, one school has spoken up with its plans to protect these students from Donald Trump's deportation threats. The California State University admitted that they will continue to welcome people even if they lack documentation.

It was previously reported that Donald Trump's victory at the 2016 U.S. election has caused an increase of hostile acts being done to minority students in campuses throughout the country. Universities have been trying to pacify fears about the nation's future by organizing meetings and counseling sessions.

"A lot of Muslim students are scared," Abdalla Husain, 21, a linguistics major at the University of Tennessee, said. "They're scared that Trump has empowered people who have hate and would be hostile to them."

Last week, the chancellor of California State University announced that the school will not help federal authorities deport undocumented students. According to TIME, the announcement came the same day that students led walkout protests, urging schools to shield minority students.

"We want people to know that they will be welcome here if they lack documentation or not," Timothy White, chancellor of the California State University (CSU) system, told the publication. "The concern that has arisen with respect to many of our students and their families is real and has become debilitating, and I want our students to know-and I want our faculty and staff and communities to know-that we support these students, that we understand the times we're in, but we're going to be there to support them and help them succeed, whatever comes our way."

President-elect Donald Trump has been vocal about his plans to deport about three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records. He has also stated that he will repeal President Obama's executive orders, which possibly includes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

White added that the school will not be working with the state, local or federal law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration law. He has revealed that CSU police departments will not honor immigration hold requests for about 10,000 to 12,000 undocumented students.

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