USC faculty call for more protection of immigrant and foreign students

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Provoked by the stream of executive orders coming out of President Trump’s White House, a group of USC faculty has sent a letter to the school’s administration asking it to do more to protect foreign students, faculty and staff.

The letter comes on the heels of a full-page advertisement the group took out in The Times last week.

It lists seven recommendations, including proposals to create an emergency fund for students and faculty affected by executive orders on immigration and travel, and to set up a center for immigrant and international students.

One suggestion is to offer summer housing to foreign students and students who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA. Some of these students are worried that in the span of a few summer months, the ever-shifting legal landscape could change again, preventing them from returning to the United States. Others are afraid of being swept up in increasingly aggressive immigration raids.


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