- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

To rectify policies endorsed by President-elect Donald Trump, students at George Washington University issued several demands of their administration, including the creation of a “sanctuary campus” for students residing in the country illegally.

Protesting students also called on the university to “recognize white supremacy,” and said the notion that they must be protected by police officers who might have supported Mr. Trump’s candidacy is an “act of violence.”

“The university must re-channel its resources and money to its fundamental requirement: to protect its students,” the demand letter reads, reported The College Fix. “This safety must not depend on the University’s police. The Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the United States, has formally endorsed President-Elect Donald Trump. The FOP includes over 10,000 members in Washington D.C., many of which have jurisdiction over GW’s campus. Placing us in these officers’ care is an act of violence, especially for Black students.”

The Nov. 15 demand letter, which coincided with a student walk out on the same day, also says the university cannot harbor “structural Islamophobia” and must “increase the acceptance of Palestinian international students to prevent their genocide at the hands of Israel.”

Furthermore, George Washington University must provide a “place of sanctuary” for Muslim students and illegal immigrants, including by financing legal assistance for undocumented students and their families.



The demands were endorsed by the campus Feminist Student Union, Students for Justice in Palestine, Fossil Free GW and the Progressive Student Union, among others.

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