More than 350 people attended a rally and march on Thursday night to call on Princeton University to offer sanctuary to undocumented students as concerns grow about how immigrants will be treated once the Trump administration takes over the White House.
The demonstration was organized by the Princeton DREAM Team, an immigrants’ rights group on campus. The gathering was one of more than 80 such demonstrations at universities across the country this week.
Students at Princeton gathered for a rally in front of Nassau Hall before marching around the campus and through the Frist Center waiving signs with slogans like “education not deportation” and “no human being is illegal.” A few students waved American flags. Students also led chants, including “Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here” and “What do we want? Sanctuary. When do we want it? Now.”
The group called on school officials to proclaim Princeton University a sanctuary campus, to classify undocumented students as domestic students and thus give them financial breaks, and to provide more services for undocumented students.
Organizers called on students to take concrete actions to support undocumented students, including mentoring high school students or working with organizations that help undocumented people.
The group started an online petition calling on the university to protect undocumented students. Several hundred people had signed the petition as of Friday morning.
Second photo from top by Tina Clement. Other photos by Krystal Knapp.