USC faculty wants more protection for students from ICE

A group of USC faculty have sent a letter to the school's administration asking it to do more to protect foreign students, faculty, and staff.

The letter lists 7 recommendations, including proposals to make an emergency fund for students and faculty affected by Trump's immigration and travel orders, setting up a center for immigrant and international students.

Another suggestion is to offer summer housing to students who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The L.A. Times says students are worried that they might be able to come back to the United States if they leave, or that they might get caught in an immigration raid.

 William Tierney, a professor at the Rossier School of Education, said:

“It’s not only housing. If our students do go home and through no fault of their own encounter legal problems, we need to ensure their safety.”

USC Provost Michael Quick responded to the faculty letter, and said the the proposals were already under consideration:

“We continue to work on these issues and have taken steps to help our community, including the legal advice clinic at Gould School of Law to provide free consultations, working with USC Housing to provide accommodations for students who may not be able to leave campus over breaks, and we are taking part in amicus briefs alongside our peer institutions, among other things."

Read more at the L.A. Times.

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