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Dear President David Anderson:

We, the students of St. Olaf College, believe that our campus should serve as a safe community for all students regardless of immigration status.

We particularly ask that President Anderson and the college 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 being terminated, making students once again vulnerable including risk of deportation, losing their jobs, scholarships, and driver’s licenses. We currently have students with DACA attending our university. An attack on their safety is an attack on the entire St. Olaf community. The time to act to protect our students 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 St. Olaf 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. Make the university a sanctuary campus that protects the undocumented from deportation or detention, including refusing ICE (U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) access to the campus and student records.

2. Continue to allow qualifying undocumented students to pay their current tuition rate.

3. Take these measures during the current semester so that DACA students can be assured of institutional support.