Dear President Michael A. McRobbie:
We, the students of Indiana University–Purdue University (IUPUI), believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of immigration status.
We particularly ask that President Michael A. McRobbie and the University publicly express its commitment to the protection of all its students, especially those who are recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
DACA is at risk of being terminated, making students once again vulnerable including risk of deportation, losing their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. Some IUPUI students have qualified for DACA. An attack on their safety is an attack on the entire IUPUI community. The time to act to protect our students’ education and future is right now.
Students at this university who have DACA should not have to fear losing their education and feel unsafe on our campus. Let’s show them — and all students — that we are the kind of community that has their back and they will always be welcome here.
We call on you to declare that IUPUI will always be open to students with DACA regardless if the program is ended.
To ensure the safety of our fellow students of all immigration statuses, we request the following steps be taken and a public statement be issued:
1. IUPUI Police will be devoted to maintaining a safe and secure environment to support the University’s research, education and public service missions. IUPUI police departments will not divert their resources from this mission in order to enforce federal immigration laws. Campus police officers will not contact, detain, question or arrest an individual solely on the basis of suspected undocumented immigration status or to discover the immigration status of any individual, and IUPUI Police will not undertake joint efforts with federal immigration enforcement authorities to investigate, detain or arrest individuals for violation of federal immigration law. Nonetheless, if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conduct immigration enforcement activities on campus, IUPUI Police will be called in to prevent injuries or property damage. In addition, where other federal law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have reason to pursue criminal suspects on campus, University Police may cooperate with those efforts to enforce criminal laws. IUPUI employees should not required to affirmatively assist federal immigration authorities or grant permission to enter limited access space when officers do not have a judicial warrant to enter. If an immigration officer seeks an employee consent to enter limited access space or requests information or documents from the employee about another individual, the employee will take steps to ensure that he/she has the authority to provide the requested access, information or documents. The employee will ask the officer for their name, identification number and agency affiliation; he/she will also ask for a copy of any warrant they may have, the employee will inform the officer that he/she is not obstructing their process but need to contact Campus/Medical Center Counsel for assistance. If employee is presented with a warrant by a federal immigration enforcement officer seeking to enter University housing or other limited access areas of his/her workspace on University property, the employee will take steps to ensure that the immigration enforcement officers have authority to enter the property before admitting them. (civil and administrative warrants do not authorize entry without consent, but a criminal search or arrest warrant may authorize entry without consent). Because it can be difficult to distinguish among different kinds of warrants, the employee will ask the officer for their name, identification number and agency affiliation; the employee will also ask for a copy of the warrant or subpoena presented, he/she will inform the officer that he/she is not obstructing their process but need to consult with Campus/Medical Center Counsel for assistance.
2. Take these measures during the current semester (in other words, immediately) so that DACA students can be assured of institutional support.
Thank you and God bless,
IUPUI Students, DACA students, community leaders, former students, and other allies.