JMU student starts petition to make school a 'sanctuary campus'

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A student at James Madison University has started a petition to make JMU a sanctuary campus to protect undocumented students following President-Elect Donald Trump's stated stances on immigration.

Diego Salinas drafted the petition calling for JMU to become a sanctuary campus

The petition calls for the school to develop some form of immigration policy to protect undocumented students.

It's a cause that hits close to home for the petition's writer, Diego Salinas, who is an undocumented student.

"I wanted to really make a voice for the undocumented students of JMU and the community, because Harrisonburg is such a large immigrant destination and refugee relocation area," said Salinas.

JMU president Jonathan Alger has signed a letter with more than 400 other college and university presidents to support the continuation of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Signed by President Obama in 2012, DACA allows people who entered the country before age 16 to apply for temporary residence.

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to end the program, and Salinas says a sanctuary campus would just be another layer of protection if that happens.

The petition has more than 600 signatures right now, but Salinas wants 1000 before presenting it to President Alger.