FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 17, 2017
Contact: Breana Rossfirstname.lastname@example.org
Over 130 Institutions Commit to Protect and Fight for Immigrants In Face of Trump Administration’s Mass Deportation Plans
Stepping Stone to May 1st Mobilizations; Declare Education Not Deportation
Washington, DC – Today, the United States Student Association, together with United We Dream and various educational equity organizations, have mobilized over 130 institutions across the country — ranging from K-12 schools, universities, community colleges and community centers — to commit to combatting deportations as a barrier to higher education and to fight for, and alongside, their immigrant students and their families on the annual National Institutions Coming Out Day. As Donald Trump and immigration agents continue to terrorize immigrants and people of color with a budget request of $3 million to be spent on an increased deportation force, a southern wall and the construction of new detention camps, the United States Student Association and these institutions unite to declare that all people in this country, regardless of immigration status, must be free to live with dignity and without the fear of deportation.
National Institutions Coming Out Day is carried out in partnership with the United We Dream, American Federation of Teachers, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Generation Progress (Higher Ed, Not Debt Campaign) and the Ignatian Solidarity Network. The list of institutions who have made their commitment can be found here.
NICOD is an important line of defense and for many institutions, it is just the beginning. Institutions across the country are planning to join thousands on May 1 to rise up in local rallies and protests to fight for the dignity of their students and the immigrant communities in their cities.
The United States Student Association as the nation’s oldest and largest student association demands an end to the unfair and criminal deportations of families. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by families immigrating to the United States. We support legislation that broadens the pathway to citizenship for immigrant families, eliminates discrimination based on immigration status, and provides a pathway for those young people to access systems of higher education.
Our goal is to dismantle systems of oppression that prevent people from getting to and through higher education, including but not limited to racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia.It is important to fight for #EducationNotDeportation and win concrete victories in people’s lives to ensure that the dignity of every individual as a human being is respected and championed. Regardless of race, class, gender, sexuality or socioeconomic status all people deserve spaces where they can be safe and thrive.
The United States Student Association is the country’s oldest and largest national student association dedicated to building student power. We develop grassroots campus bases, run strategic campaigns, and train leaders to dismantle systems of oppression in higher education through a framework of education justice. Through transformative experiences in student organizing, we equip our members to become lifelong leaders at the forefront of making social change.