Dozens of students from the University of Texas at Denton and Texas Women's University gathered on their respective campuses to join a national movement and petition for a sanctuary campus on Thursday.
Students are asking school administrators to declare the universities "sanctuary campuses," which would prevent police from enforcing immigration laws and cooperating with federal immigration officials.
This comes after campaign promises from President-elect Donald Trump regarding the deportation of millions of undocumented, illegal immigrants.
Senior David Lopez, wrote a petition and letter to administrators with the student body's demands.
Nearly 1,200 people have signed a petition calling on university administrators to take proactive measures to protect undocumented students.
An excerpt from a letter to the Chancellor, President, and administration reads the following:
In the wake of the racially charged and divisive election, we--the faculty, staff, and current students and alumni--respectfully demand that you implement a plan to make our campus a sanctuary for our students who are immigrants, international, and/or undocumented, as well as workers and their families. This is a collective action proposed by universities across the nation. The University of Houston, Texas Woman’s University, University of Texas at San Antonio, and University of Texas at Austin with us to simultaneously form each our own individual sanctuary campus.
You can read it in it's entirety here.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted the following Thursday afternoon in response to the universities' petitions:
In Texas, UNT and TWU are not the only school where students are pushing for sanctuary status. Similar movements are currently underway at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University.