Drake University President, Marty Martin, is responding to the recent travel ban announced by President Donald Trump. Martin reaffirmed the university’s stance, as announced back in November, on being a sanctuary campus for undocumented members of the community.
Members of the Drake community are affected by the recent executive order as it limits seven countries from entering into the United States.
Tony Tyler, the Director of Student Engagement, Equity, and Inclusion at Drake, has had many discussions with students and faculty about their feelings of instability due to this executive order.
“On a daily basis I’m interacting with students who sometimes are to the point of tears saying it’s just so hard right now,” Tyler said.
Sudan, amongst Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Yemen are the countries included in the travel ban.
Abdo Kwoa, who works at the university convenience story, is originally from Sudan and has family members still living there. Kwoa voices his concerns on whether or not he’ll be reunited with his family.
“Yeah it’s really scary and you feel like you can’t see them again,” Kwoa said. “We can go and come back but we need them to come here so they can get a better life, have kids go to school, you know how it is.”
Drake declared itself a sanctuary campus back in November as concerns with immigration and travel arose during the presidential race.
President Martin and Drake University faculty are taking many steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the Drake community. And, declaring themselves a sanctuary campus is a way to showcase the importance to all its members.
“By declaring ourselves a sanctuary campus there’s a signaling that goes on and we are signaling to those members of the community that are undocumented that they are valuable to us and they are important to us,” Tyler said.
By: Summer Brills