Emory University considers declaring a ‘sanctuary campus’ after Trump’s win
November 28, 2016
(AJC) - Emory University’s leaders are considering whether to declare the school a “sanctuary campus” after Donald Trump’s presidential victory, amid calls from students and faculty urging the Atlanta school to defy the president-elect if he tries to deport immigrants who are illegally in the U.S.
Emory University president Claire Sterk wrote in a letter to students this week that administrators are reviewing their request “for a sanctuary campus and ways to protect all members of the Emory community,” adding that the school is committed to being a welcoming place for undocumented immigrants.
“Emory always has been and will continue to be committed to the principles of academic freedom in a community that affirms everyone’s rights to speak, learn, and grow,” the letter read. “While doing so, we will not tolerate bullying, intimidation, or discrimination on any level. Instead, we expect empathy, mutual respect, and courteousness.”
Emory issued a statement late Tuesday that made no mention of a “sanctuary campus” but said the school would continue to support undocumented students, known as “Dreamers,” who were granted a temporary reprieve from the threat of deportation by an executive order from President Barack Obama.