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Students demand their universities become sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants

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Harvard President Drew Faust also issued a letter to the campus community Tuesday afternoon, which included these thoughts: "We must condemn and resist hatred, intimidation, and intolerance in every form". He could also do nothing.

"I reiterated to him that this city and so many cities around the country will do all we can to protect our residents and to make sure families are not torn apart", said de Blasio. Speaking about Chicago, Illinois Comptroller-elect Susana Mendoza outlined how cities benefit by protecting their undocumented immigrants. The people he plans to target for deportation or incarceration are those who are committing crimes and those with a criminal record, so this should calm the fears of many.

The deportations have been one of the few bright spots in Obama's otherwise nonexistent policy to secure the nation's borders. That force would remove the approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants living in America.

Trump said there are "probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million" criminal immigrants in the country illegally. Trump's transition website makes no mention of such a large scale deportation.

Indian-American Kamala Harris, who scripted history by winning a Senate seat, has said she would open a battlefront against President-elect Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies, saying "we must reject racism and xenophobia in our politics".

Whether Trump will follow through on such a plan is anyone's guess.

Most likely, Trump found the number in a Department of Homeland Security report, which said "1.9 million removable aliens are in the United States". Given the many instances of racism and harassment that have occurred nationwide since election day, many undocumented immigrants who have not committed crimes still worry for their status and safety in the coming years.

In the days since the November 8 election, people have staged anti-Trump protests in cities across the country, including one in San Diego on Wednesday, to criticize Trump's plans to deport millions of people and build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border. "No more funds", Trump said during an August speech on immigration.

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, January 26, 2016. Federal agents routinely identify child molesters, gang members and other criminals for removal even in sanctuary cities by going into communities, thanks to their own intelligence-gathering.

Trump said he wanted to keep a couple provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which he had pledged to repeal, and he said he would be open to a part wall, part fence perimeter along the U.S. -Mexico border instead of a massive concrete structure.

A City Hall immigrant advocate would also work on identifying state laws relevant to the city that might conflict with federal laws that could change, Wesson said.

About some 80 campuses across the USA have participated, BuzzFeed News reported. Such a program in 2001, in the wake of 9/11, and was shut down in 2011.

"It's a way for students to show that no matter what happens with a Trump presidency in regards to targeting immigrants we are willing to put our bodies on the line to protect the most vulnerable", she said.

Saavedra crossing into the USA with the DREAM 9, at the Nogales, Texas, border in 2013, flanked by supporters, including clergy members.

Saavedra, for example, has lived in the US for 23 years - the vast majority of his life.

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