From the text of the petition:
Recent political events have placed the mission of the University at Albany – to enhance diversity and inclusion while maintaining safety of our campus community – under threat. We, the undersigned members of the UAlbany community, ask you to take action toward developing and maintaining an environment that is safe and supportive for students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families of different races, religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, disabilities, and immigration statuses. Across the country, over 100 colleges and universities are committing to the security and safety of their communities, particularly for students benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), by becoming Sanctuary Campuses. We believe that joining this national movement would reaffirm our university’s stated mission. In what follows, we outline concrete steps that need to be taken in order for the University at Albany to become a Sanctuary Campus.
The incoming administration has promised to deport undocumented immigrants within its first 100 days with unprecedented urgency. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are subject to certain restrictions when they enter college campuses and churches without a warrant (https://www.ice.gov/doclib/ero-outreach/pdf/10029.2-policy.pdf). By demanding that ICE obey existing laws, the University at Albany is in a unique position to protect undocumented students who comprise nearly 6% of our student population.
Steps need to be taken to protect the members of our community who are facing discrimination and hate crimes. Now more than ever, the university must heavily invest in generating a diverse community that promotes inclusion in order to create a safe and productive learning environment. Furthermore, our commitment to the safety of our students must extend beyond our campus and reach into the broader Capital District. We urge the University at Albany to support the efforts of organizations led by groups whose rights and missions will be adversely targeted by the incoming administration’s policies.