NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In response to concerns from faculty and students about what could become new federal immigration policy, Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi wrote an email to clarify the university's position.
Barchi said Rutgers would "stand together with all our students," adding that "we will protect student confidentiality and will not share private information unless required by law or a court order. We expect all persons associated with the University to protect student privacy and confidentiality, as well."
The email was in response to a petition calling for Rutgers to be a "sanctuary campus," outlining 11 actions the University should take to protect minorities and undocumented students.
Barchi reiterated that student confidentiality would be protected. Rutgers does not use e-verify as a basis for student housing and Rutgers would do whatever it could to keep students safe from deportation.
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy characterizes colleges and universities, like Rutgers, as ‘sensitive locations,’ places where, in the normal course, enforcement actions should not occur unless extraordinary circumstances exist," Barchi said.
The petition was coordinated, in part, through Carlos Decena, chair of the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and a professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies.
In an interview that aired Sunday evening, Donald Trump told CBS News that he would deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants who he said have criminal records. Those numbers suggest some similarities with President Obama's policy on deportation, the Washington Post notes. As of last year, the Obama administration had deported at least 2.7 million undocumented immigrants, with a focus on those who have committed crimes.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, we have a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” the president-elect said on "60 Minutes.”