Update: The proposed student government resolution was tabled at a meeting this evening. You can read the resolution here. The resolution will be considered once again in January unless an emergency session is called.
On Tuesday, Wake Forest University faculty, staff, and students circulated an online petition and the Wake Forest Student Government considered a resolution to make Wake Forest University a sanctuary campus and the . The petition asked that the university, “take immediate steps to make Wake Forest University a sanctuary campus for students, staff, and their family members who face deportation under President-elect Donald J. Trump’s proposed policies.”
The petition demanded that:
1. The University refuses to voluntary share information with ICE/CBP across all aspects of the University,
2. The University refuses ICE physical access to all land owned or controlled by the University,
3. The University prohibits campus security from inquiring about or recording an individual’s immigration status or enforcing immigration laws or participating with ICE/CBP in actions
4. The University does not use E-verify.
If you want to read the petition in full, click here.
Signatories of the petition included: Peter Siavelis, Director of Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Barry Trachtenberg, The Michael H. & Deborah K. Rubin Presidential Chair of Jewish History, David Coates, Worrell Professor of Anglo-American Studies, and John Senior, Director of the Art of Ministry and Assistant Teaching Professor of Ethics and Society. For a full list of faculty and staff signatories, click here.
Wake Forest Student Government is voting on a resolution tonight that echoes the demands of the petition. To read that resolution in full, click here.
According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, more than 8,000 criminal alien offenders were released from January to August 2014 due to state and local sanctuary policies. Of these 8,000 alien offenders freed by local law enforcement, 63% had prior criminal records and 25% were already felons. By making Wake Forest a sanctuary campus, campus security will refuse to follow federal laws and stop ICE from pursuing criminal aliens from the Winston-Salem area if they come onto Wake Forest property. For example, if an illegal alien who recently committed a felony stood in the parking lot of the football stadium, ICE could not pursue that individual.
If you believe that Wake Forest University should follow federal law and cooperate with law enforcement officers to keep our campus safe, we invite you to sign our petition that asks President Hatch to not adopt radical sanctuary policies at Wake Forest. Please sign here.
We will update this story as it continues to develop.