College students around New Orleans, nation challenge Trump immigration policies, call for 'sanctuary campus'

CAROLYN THOMPSON The Associated Press

College students at campuses around the United States marched and rallied Wednesday, urging administrators to protect students and employees against immigration action under a Donald Trump presidency.

Rallying supporters on social media with the hashtag #SanctuaryCampus, organizers said actions were planned at more than 80 schools, including Loyola University where over 100 people gathered, and Yale University, where demonstrators numbered about 600.

Students sought assurances that their schools would not share their personal information with immigration officials or allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on campus.

"Can you imagine the fear that it would inflict on college campuses if having ICE agents walk into a campus becomes the status quo?" organizer Carlos Rojas of the group Movimiento Cosecha, said by phone from New Jersey. "It would be terrifying."

The actions continue days of demonstrations that have broken out in cities and high school campuses following Trump's election victory last week. The Republican's campaign promises included a vow to deport millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally.

"I'm very fearful," said Miriam Zamudio, whose parents brought her to the U.S. from Mexico when she was six or seven. She worries that the family information she provided on her application for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Status will endanger her parents, who are living in the country without legal permission.

"We don't know what Trump is going to do," Zamudio said by phone as she prepared to join a protest at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "We don't know if he is going to demand this information and we want our administration and our school to stand with us."

Since last Tuesday's election, demonstrations occurred for several nights at Lee Circle, one night resulting in vandalism and broken windows.