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 Author: almilligan
PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:03 am 
Should Western become a "sanctuary university"?

As you can see from the news story below, Western has made a major effort, especially in the Tucson area, to recruit DREAMer students. Western hasn’t made public how successful they were in this recruitment effort. Should Western declare itself a “sanctuary university” and make some effort to protect the undocumented students it recruited?


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When Grecia Rivas graduated from a Tucson high school a few years ago, she thought her days in a classroom were over. She was an immigrant living in the U.S. illegally and counselors didn't know what to tell her about college prospects, though she had a 3.8 grade point average.

It was the height of Arizona's SB1070, a state law designed to target immigrants like her, and Arizona colleges at that time didn't allow such immigrants to attend at in-state tuition rates.

The 24-year-old from Nogales, Mexico, is now pursuing a degree in graphic design at one of New Mexico's smaller colleges thanks to an effort by the school to recruit students like her — high-achieving student immigrants who are living in the country illegally.

Western New Mexico University recently launched a campaign targeting potential students like Rivas using a combination of social media and face-to-face recruiting. Through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the school works to convince the students they'd find a hospitable environment for immigrants and possible financial aid at the 3,700-student university located in the mining town of Silver City.

Other colleges, like City University of New York and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, have followed the same trend as schools search for more students amid nationally declining enrollments. The schools are openly encouraging the immigrant students known as DREAMers to apply despite the uncertainty of their careers after they graduate.

The students are called DREAMers after the proposed federal DREAM Act — a law that would give the immigrant students a pathway to citizenship through college enrollment or military service. The proposal has languished in Congress for years.

Federal law does not forbid immigrants in the country illegally from attending universities in the U.S., and state laws vary on whether the immigrant students who graduated from state high schools can attend at in-state tuition rates. New Mexico, Texas and Arizona allow the students to attend and pay in-state tuition.

For Western New Mexico University the move to recruit DREAMers living out of state was a no-brainer, said Matthew Lara, the school's admission director. During recruiting trips, Lara stumbled upon immigrant students who were interested in college but didn't have counselors knowledgeable about their options.

"We met incredible students with 4.0 GPAs and off-the-chart test scores," Lara said.

The campus also wanted to reshape itself from a school mainly serving students in the southwestern New Mexico to one that attracts students from surrounding states. DREAMers looking for a school were a natural fit, Lara said.

Lara said after recruiting its first small batch of DREAMers seven years ago, the school revamped its tuition and worked to find enough financial aid to attract students who have been granted temporary residency status under the Obama Administration's federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Those DACA students living in Arizona, Colorado, and El Paso, Texas can apply to Western New Mexico University and if accepted, receive in-state tuition.

The school boasts about the recruiting effort on its home page with "DREAMer/DACA Students Welcome" coupled with a photo of a DREAMer student. And it has placed billboards in Hispanic immigrant neighborhoods throughout the Southwest. One billboard in Tucson invites students from Pima Community College to apply to Western New Mexico University.

Despite the very public campaign, the school said it has received little negative feedback and several lawmakers have supported the effort.

However, Rep. John Zimmerman, a Las Cruces Republican whose district borders the university, said the state needs to be careful on whether it was encouraging immigrants to break federal immigration laws. "We need to make sure that they have legal immigration status if they go to our state schools," Zimmerman said.

Still, Zimmerman said he was pleased the school is offering educational opportunities.

Rivas said word has spread that Western New Mexico University is a place where students like her can continue their education with a supportive system.

"This has been the best choice I've ever made ... coming here," Rivas said. "I can be myself now, and I'm able to help other DREAMers."

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 Author: JE1947
PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:42 am 
YES. There's been much information about how the "Dreamers" represent some of the best students among those who have documentation problems.
If no one is familiar with "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," or Anthony Beevor's book on "Hitler," or several others by major authors, including the one I'm reading now, "Adolph Hitler," by John Toland, it's easy enough to see that those who fail to look at parallels with Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Franco's Spain, and Stalin's Russia .... are here in Amerika.

The long slide into standing with racists, xenophobes, homophobes, anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion, anti Planned Parenthood, anti-Obama care, etc., is the GOP. The documented slide of that Party into these "anti" states of politics began shortly after LBJ followed through on JFK's civil rights legislation. The GOP developed their "Southern Strategy" accordingly. And so, the nomination of someone who suddenly shifts into becoming the leader of the parade that will supposedly begin deportations on Day One of his First Reich, shouldn't be underestimated.

The logistics of deportation of between 11-13 million people (lets not forget Muslims, and perhaps Arab Christians, who knows where it will stop), could easily begin by issuing an Executive Order blowing up Obama's program to give Dreamers a chance. That Western has actively recruited from Mexico and perhaps other Central American states goes back to Counts. Some of those, quite frankly, may have been post September 11 attempts to form links between those countries for intelligence gathering purposes. And, "talent scouting" men and women from those nations for recruitment into our intelligence agencies. Counts was, after all, a retired CIA operatives. He admitted that.

The Los Angeles Police Department has stepped forward and stated that it has not, nor will it begin, rounding up "illegal aliens" as the GOP platform put it. The have a much bigger task involving the law enforcement activities in their city(ies). Other "Sanctuary Cities" have also had such policies. Sanctuary cities or universities could be ordered by City Councils, Boards of Governors. Count, Commissions, to order Police Departments to assist ICE & BP in rooting out undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers. Lists of Dreams can easily be turned over to ICE and BP and used as instruments to document where Dreamers live, etc.

The prospect of Donald Trump's First Reich actually beginning to deport Mexicans, first,will energize Trumpistas. Trumpistas,when the see large cities resisting the "identification, collection, rounding up of individuals (initially Mexicans), could "volunteer" to help an overworked ICE do the dirty work. Or, be present, as anti abortion demonstations have done, when ICE "collection" stations seem to need help in controlling reluctant deportees. If Trump or Trumpistas believe 11 million undocumented immigrants are going to go quietly ... and that includes the "gangs" that Trump mentioned as high value trargets of criminals including in the total ... they've been smoking ganja.

Think of 11-13 million individuals being registered, given "stay in place" orders as we'll need to contact you when it is time to deport you ... actually collecting people by the thousands, and put on buses headed for the Mexican Border ... think of that on Global Electronic Television ... the largest deportation of human beings from any country in the world since 1933 Nazi Germany. Or the mayhem that ensued when Inida and Pakistan were partitioned. But now, Cable TV will show this ... and Ameika will have to get "behind" Trump's plans, or, stall for time until an Immigration Reform Plan is hammered out. HOw many of us want to see all of this unfold on worldwide television, night after night, for four years.

So, Sanctuary University, Sanctuary City. Yes. We should do that. Given a break, perhaps some previously Republican congressional members, will agree to postponement until a comprehensive immigration act is crafted. These are, after all, human beings with rich potential for the betterment of our nation. They are people we know. Friends. People who have enriched our multi cultural lives in New Mexico. There's no real question here in my mind: we wanted them here, and we've gotten some of them to come here; now, we must "do the Right Thing" on their behalf.

Things could get ugly starting January 20, 2017. The foundation for this proposal should be worked out as soon as possible.


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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:02 am 
Well said Jerry, if WNMU does not become a sanctuary university we will know that they do the 'Dreamers" program for money and appearances rather than a true support of the Human Right to Education. There is a growing movement to create Sanctuary universities, towns, cities and counties with growing success since Trump was appointed.

Though WNMU, Silver City Council and Grant County Commissioners parade as democrats and progressives they are actually very conservative and fearful of bucking the powers on so many levels; but then the local progressive community here has little energy to devote to local issues of water pollution, water quality, minimum wage and the growing local income gap.


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 Author: JE1947
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:32 am 
Yes, we WILL see if it is just PR or Western takes a stand. They've reached out to many in Mexico & Central American nations. The "sanctuary" movement & the response of large police departments like LA will represent a way that those of us in blue places can assert that 72,000,000 of us voted for "other than Trump."

We have "Reality Oval Office" about to begin. Watch Donny pass around Tic Tacs. Order KFC (which I find is the ONLY thing I share with this sociopathic malignant narcissistic serial sexual predator xenophobe ... he'll fire off Twitter Storms so often that it will seem like we're being bombarded by a solar storm.

But if the deportation of millions ever gets under way ... we must know that the decline in America's stature will never, ever be regained. Those deportations will be on global TV day after day ... the biggest deportation exercise in human history. Dwarfing, surely, what Hitler did with Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, socialists, communists ... all right there in front of the whole world. Germany had the Holocaust ... we have slavery. And "the Southern Strategy" of the GOP since LBJ jerked the confederate flag out from under the South, when he got Civil Rights and voters rights legislation passed. The dog whistle politics that the GOP blew has now taken us to the First Reich. A sociopath in the White House. So, we'll see what Western Administration is really about.

Or was it all a cover for a CIA recruitment plan? I tend to think that was what Counts was really all about. But, I hope whatever, WNMU does the right thing, becomes a sanctuary university, and sticks to that.


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 Author: almilligan
PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:13 am 
If you have strong feelings about this subject, either for or against, you should contact someone that can do something about it, the President of the University.


Contact him and tell him what your opinion is.

His e-mail address is joseph.shepard@wnmu.edu.


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 Author: almilligan
PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:23 am 
An update of what's happening at other New Mexico universities from KRQE news.

University of New Mexico President Bob Frank said university lawyers were looking into sanctuary status after a group of professors came to his office last month to deliver a letter with more than 900 signatures.

The Santa Fe Community College board of regents declared itself a “sanctuary campus” this week.

New Mexico State University President Garrey Carruthers said Friday in a memo to employees and students that NMSU doesn’t discriminate on the basis of immigration status or require proof of citizenship for admission. However, NMSU respects “the diversity of opinion” and won’t declare itself a sanctuary or ban federal agents from campus because that would jeopardize federal funding, he said. Remember Garrey Carruthers was once the Republican governor of New Mexico.

Eastern New Mexico University officials also said they are not considering sanctuary proposals.

Nothing on Western. I think the people in Alb don't know there is a state university in far away Silver City.


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 Author: almilligan
PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:03 pm 
This is part of a letter sent to President Shepard on November 18, 2016 from the Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies at Western.

“Accordingly, we respectfully ask that you implement the following as quickly as possible:

1) Issue a public statement reaffirming the university’s commitment to support and protect all of its students and workers, regardless of their citizenship status, gender, sexual identity, religion, ethnicity, or national origin.

2) Declare that WNMU will be a sanctuary campus that will actively hold ICE and related agencies to the standard of presumptive non-entry, and coordinate with churches and community organizations that likewise identify themselves as sanctuaries.

3) Continue to guarantee student privacy by withholding information regarding the immigration status of our students and community members.

4) Create an undocumented student program with a full-time director, and free on-campus access to legal counsel. Create funds to assist undocumented students (and faculty, staff and students with family members) in need. For current DACA recipients, guarantee that all merit-based scholarships they are awarded will not be forfeited if the DACA program is rescinded, while protecting in-state tuition consideration to current DACA recipients (regardless of immigration status) who meets domicile requirements for in-state tuition consideration. Include DACA recipients and undocumented students in all merit, university, and diversity initiative scholarship eligibility.

5) Assure that all students receive a campus and classroom experience free of hostilities, aggressions, and bullying regarding immigration status. Communicate unequivocally and repeatedly that undocumented students are full members of the WNMU community who will be protected to the fullest power of the administration.

6) Identify particular spaces on campus where those who feel threatened can seek refuge and protection.

7) Create an administrative mechanism for reporting hate and bias incidents to appropriate state and federal agencies.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to keep WNMU’s commitment to Dreamers, and to thereby signal to all students, staff and faculty that the principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion remain the foundation for an educational environment that will summon a future of which we can all be proud.


Sincerely,
The Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies”


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 Author: samarpan
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:36 pm 
Excellent, timely, proactive letter from The Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies. WNMU has some great academics!

It has been two months since the letter was sent to the President. Has there been no response?


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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:21 pm 
Thanks for posting this Al, after this issue came up here on this site I talked to WNMU Pres Shepard about wether he would pursue or declare the university as a sanctuary university, he said no; when ask why not he responded that the university might have funding withheld. I then ask a Silver City Town Councilor if the They would try to declare Silver City a sanctuary city, the answer was no because they might have funding cut off.


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 Author: delafrance
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:00 am 
Groundswell is a national, faith-based organization that is promoting the sanctuary movement mostly through churches. I get an email from their NM branch; they are active in Albuquerque.

https://action.groundswell-mvmt.org/pet ... -sanctuary


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 Author: almilligan
PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:08 pm 
This is part of a national news story about Western recruiting DREAMers:

"The campus also wanted to reshape itself from a school mainly serving students in the southwestern New Mexico to one that attracts students from surrounding states. DREAMers looking for a school were a natural fit, Lara said.

Lara said after recruiting its first small batch of DREAMers seven years ago, the school revamped its tuition and worked to find enough financial aid to attract students who have been granted temporary residency status under the Obama Administration's federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Those DACA students living in Arizona, Colorado, and El Paso, Texas can apply to Western New Mexico University and if accepted, receive in-state tuition.

The school boasts about the recruiting effort on its home page with "DREAMer/DACA Students Welcome" coupled with a photo of a DREAMer student. And it has placed billboards in Hispanic immigrant neighborhoods throughout the Southwest. One billboard in Tucson invites students from Pima Community College to apply to Western New Mexico University.

Despite the very public campaign, the school said it has received little negative feedback and several lawmakers have supported the effort."

Western administration has never reported on the success on the DREAMer recruitment project or reported on how many DREAMers are on campus. The only feedback I have is that undergraduate FTEs dropped by 34 from Fall 2015 to Fall 2016.


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 Author: almilligan
PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:31 am 
Comment on Freerepublic.com yesterday

Here in Southwest New Mexico, the local university, WNMU, is actively seeking Mexican students. The university is a “sanctuary university”, and worse, gives financial aid to illegals. The following is an article from just a few weeks ago about WNMU’s president, Joseph Shepard’s trip to Sinaloa. Mr Shepard has continually lobbied our county to increase taxes to pay for these programs. Also of note, WNMU has paid members of the original Weather Underground to come and speak at the university, making attendance at the lectures mandatory for many students to receive credits.

“Western New Mexico University officials met with the new Governor of the State of Sinaloa in Mexico this past week to formally sign an agreement between the two institutions.”

“The agreement, signed at the Governor’s Palace with the newly elected Governor Quirino Ordaz Coppel, opens up opportunities for student and faculty exchanges between the State of Sinaloa and WNMU.”

“Silver City has become a hub for Mexican students in recent years that are looking for summer and semester-long opportunities to learn the English language in a total immersion style environment. The Sinaloan government recognized the past successes of WNMU to attract Mexican students and applauded the lower tuition rates that will now be afforded to Sinaloan residents.”

“Mexican students who had previously participated in exchanges with WNMU for English language studies were present to support the new initiative.”

My Comment: Just because I post this information does not mean I agree with it.


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 Author: delafrance
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:36 am 
The site Al mentioned sure looks like one that deals in "alternative facts". They are all over the internet. Regarding becoming a "Sanctuary City" and losing "funding", it is my understanding that the Department of Homeland Security can punish organizations, towns, counties, and states who do so designate by withholding federal funds for such things as police and security. Does the University even get any Federal funds directly? Could someone with government savvy weigh in on this?


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