FGCU Student Government Resolution Calls for 'Sanctuary Campus' Status

Mar 15, 2017

The FGCU student government has passed a resolution calling on university administrators to work toward adopting a "sanctuary campus" policy.

The designation is considered by many a reaction to the Trump administration's pledge to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, instituted by the Obama administration in 2012 to provide protections against deportations for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States at a young age.

FGCU admissions officials estimate "60 to 67" DACA students are enrolled at the university. Other universities across Florida have pushed for similar designations.

Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Gulf Coast Live, outgoing FGCU student body president Thieldens Elneus joins the show to explain the student government's decision to pursue the "sanctuary campus" resolution and how the student government is working with school administrators to advancing the sanctuary campus status.

Bryan Oliva-Infante, one of the leaders of the FGCU "Dream Team" registered student organizations, will also join the show to speak about how DACA students in his group are reacting to the student government's resolution and the changing immigration landscape.

And Dr. Nicola Foote, FGCU chair of the Department of Social Sciences, joins the show to discuss her work with student organizations involving DACA students.