TPS Memo

While the national conversation is centered around DACA and the future of the DREAMers, there is another coalition of migrants whose futures are uncertain: those with temporary protected status (TPS). TPS is a status that allows foreign citizens living in the US to continue to reside here if they are unable to return safely to their countries due to circumstances such as civil war or environmental disaster. Recently, such protection has been revoked from people native to Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, and Nepal, leaving the future of many students and their families undetermined. Deportation would mean sending people to countries they do not know, where they may no longer have family. Although they came here legally, revoking TPS means they can be deported at a moment’s notice.

Students affected by this policy or undocumented students dealing with deportation must not only navigate academic life at Dartmouth but must focus on the safety of themselves and their families. Many must help family members with legal cases, put their studies on hold to travel home unexpectedly, or are expected provide financially for their families. 

CoFIRED continues to support students and families who have been affected by the current political administration and will continue to keep the student body informed on developments and how they can help. In addition, CoFIRED wants to hold Dartmouth administration and faculty accountable in supporting our students. With these policies casting uncertainty in the lives of many, it is important for faculty and staff to be conscious of the effects these policies have and advocate for resources within departments.

Faculty sign letter calling for College to expand action on DACA

Source: The Dartmouth Senior Staff, The Dartmouth | 2/20/18 9:48am

"Over 65 faculty members have signed a letter in support of Unai Montes-Irueste ’98, who publicly resigned from his positions on multiple alumni associations over his dissatisfaction with the College’s protections of undocumented students. The letter, dated Feb. 13, reiterates Montes-Irueste’s frustrations and urges the College to support students affected by President Donald Trump’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September 2017."

The Agency of Home

Source: Kaijing Janice Chen, The Dartmouth | 10/4/17 2:45am

"Every Dartmouth term is different. Not just in the cocktail of classes we take or in the people who zip in and out of our lives. Within the insanity of our intermingling D-Plans, every 10 weeks brings a completely unique combination of people to campus. From one term to the next, what one may argue makes Dartmouth special — the people — is never the same. Yet while life here sometimes feels fleeting at best, we nonetheless learn to find home within the never-changing architectural landscape. Home comes to be the memories echoed in the alcoves of Sanborn Library, the ghosts of small talk past on First Floor Berry or the wisps of a conversation that mark a corner of the Green your own. It’s individual, unique and self-defined within these common and unchanging spaces we share.

This weekend, scores of alumni will make the pilgrimage back to the Green, beckoned forward by an awaiting celebration of their achievements and a not-so-little tinge of nostalgia for the good old days of where they once called home.

Like the Dartmouth student who steps off the Coach after an off-term, they too will find comfort once again in the thought of what once was in the buildings and landmarks that are still here. Their own self-definitions of home at Dartmouth will be resurrected as they stand among upperclassmen around a bonfire aflame in tradition and an orientation toward a new class. Yet for some students, the ability to shape what home means at Dartmouth is shadowed by the fact that home is often contingent upon things out of their control."

Undocumented at Dartmouth

Source: Mara Stewart, The Dartmouth | 4/26/17 2:25am

"Anti-immigration speeches and immigration policy discussions flood the media, but the struggles of Dartmouth students are less publicized. Their experiences often occur behind closed doors and are not readily shared. Many undocumented students here choose to remain secretive about their status, since they often don’t know who to trust, are afraid of the stigma of being an undocumented student or want to avoid liability issues.

Petition calls on College administrators to protect undocumented students

Source: The Dartmouth Senior Staff, The Dartmouth | 11/16/16 9:40pm

"A petition calling for greater protection of undocumented students living on campus was released yesterday in light of President-elect Donald Trump’s stated intentions and policies."

"Addressed to College administrators, the petition calls on the College to state that it will not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement in identifying and detaining students. The petition urges the College to release a non-compliance pact with ICE, similar to those issued by the Los Angeles Police Department and Denver Police Department. It also calls on the College to work with the Hanover Police Department to ensure neither Dartmouth nor the Hanover Police will cooperate with “raids, detentions or deportation of immigrants.”