LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada education philanthropist is calling for Las Vegas-area schools and college campuses to declare themselves sanctuaries for undocumented students, staff and family members who might face deportation.
The Rogers Foundation board chairwoman Beverly Rogers said Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump’s pledges to deport immigrants would ruin students’ futures and violate their basic American right not to live in fear.
Trump promised during his campaign to create a “deportation force” and to end temporary protective status for students in the U.S. illegally.
Rogers says she sent a letters to the Clark County School District, UNLV, College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College.
Organizers in other states have called for schools to refuse to share students’ personal information with immigration officials or allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on campus.
The nonprofit Rogers Foundation was founded in 2013 by Rogers and her husband, wealthy television station mogul and Nevada state university chancellor Jim Rogers. He died in June 2014.