U of I Students Develop Resource for Undocumented Students

“When we see the Trump's administration policies, our first thoughts are how is this going to impact our students?” (WCCU)

President Donald Trump took a step forward with one of his signature campaign promises this week after he signed an executive order to expand the wall along the US/Mexico border.

Jorge Mena Robles, Assistant director of La Casa Cultural Latina at the University of Illinois, said it's an important time to stand in solidarity with undocumented students on campus.

“When we see the Trump's administration policies, our first thoughts are how is this going to impact our students?” Robles said. “We want to make sure that we provide students the best resources on campus."

Nancy Ramirez is an undocumented student at the University and is also the co-founder of I-CAUSE --Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students' Education.

Ramirez said the organization was developed in the fall semester after several students noticed a lack of resources for students who are undocumented.

“To know that a student can go to a professor, a faculty member or even just an administrative staff member and be comfortable to express who they are and not be afraid,” Ramirez said.

The advocacy organization works in solidarity with the undocumented community and educates the campus about issues DACA or undocumented students face. The group leads several training sessions teaching participants how to be an ally and a resource to students on campus.

I-CAUSE will host their second ally training session on February 17th. The training is open to the campus, to learn more about registration click here.

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