Oregonian: University of Oregon, PSU say they stand behind undocumented students
Author: Andrew Theen, The Oregonian/OregonLive
Posted: November 17, 2016

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Donald Trump won't be in the Oval Office until January, but two of Oregon's largest public universities are already saying they won't enforce any federal laws that adversely affect undocumented students on campus should the president-elect act on his signature campaign promises.

University of Oregon President Michael Schill said in a statement that he's heard from students, faculty and staff who are concerned about potential changes to the immigration laws under a President Trump "especially as it relates to undocumented students and those covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals."

During the campaign, Trump said he would reverse President Barack Obama's executive orders on day one, which would include DACA policy that protects undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S as children from deportation.

"We want to be very clear that we support all UO students, regardless of their immigration status," Schill and chief academic officer Scott Coltrane said Wednesday.

"While it is too soon to speculate on what may happen in the future, the University of Oregon remains committed to DACA and providing an inclusive campus that values global citizenship and engagement," they wrote.

The UO said it would not "facilitate immigration enforcement" on campus without proof the individual is an "imminent risk" to the health or safety of others in Eugene. UO also said it would not share immigration status with the federal government unless "required by court order."

Portland State University also issued a statement Wednesday saying it  stands behind its undocumented students.  "PSU Campus Public Safety officers do not have the authority and will not enforce federal immigration laws," the school said in a statement. It also pledged not to release student information "unless required by law."

The universities aren't alone in making preemptive statements about Trump's immigration policies.

The Portland Public Schools' board is considering approving a resolution Thursday that would limit federal immigration officers' access to the district and its students and train staffers on how to help undocumented students and their families.