Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
Hundreds of students walked out of class and stood in front of Parrish today, asking that Swarthmore become a sanctuary campus for undocumented students. President Valerie Smith has announced that the college is looking into the possibility. Here is her statement, in full:
“By initiating this petition, our community members are exercising their rights and power to raise their voices for social justice — a time-honored goal and tradition at Swarthmore.
We are investigating what providing sanctuary would mean for our undocumented students, and how it would actually work both legally and practically.
We are also in conversation with other colleges and universities to exchange information and better understand how they are approaching this issue. We are working quickly and thoroughly to address these questions.
We will certainly be in touch with our community as we learn more about sanctuary schools.
Above all, we share the concerns of our students, as well as a commitment to our nation’s diversity, and the common goal of including all of our students in our country’s future.
We pledge to work with and support all members of our community in the coming days, weeks, months, and years.”
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