Columbia University in New York is offering a variety of resources for illegal immigrant students who feel alienated by the Trump administration’s promise of mass deportation from the United States.
What are the details?
Campus Reform reports that one such resource is a “stress management” course and support group.
The university made the move following President Donald Trump’s announcement of a major crackdown on illegal immigration.
In a Thursday statement, the school said, “Columbia has long welcomed undocumented students and supported the DACA program. We will continue to make this support clear in court, in Washington D.C. and in our own community.”
In the statement, the school reminded illegal immigrant students that they have a safe place to decompress from any stress they might feel as a result of the administration’s push on illegal immigration.
A portion of the statement read:
In light of recent announcements that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon be conducting large-scale nationwide raids intended to arrest people who are in the United States without immigration documentation, University Life wants to remind all Columbia community members of the resources available on campus for DACA and undocumented students…Columbia has long welcomed undocumented students and supported the DACA program. We will continue to make this support clear in court, in Washington D.C. and in our own community.
Ixchel Rosal, who is associate vice president for student life, added that Columbia University is proud to offer courses and groups on “stress management” for their population of illegal immigrants.
The programs are also offered to American-born students to openly discuss immigration policy and fears stemming from the administration’s promise of sweeping ICE raids.
The report from Campus Reform also points out that the school is available to appoint what is referred to as “travel monitors,” who are people in place to alert the school if any illegal immigrants leaving the country for study abroad sessions are not safely and easily able to get back inside the country.