The University of Maryland is creating an “undocumented student coordinator” position to support illegal immigrant students in response to student concerns about Trump’s policies on immigration.
The opening of the position was in response to student group ProtectUMD’s demands last semester for “a full-time Undocumented Student Coordinator to advocate for, advise, represent, and protect undocumented and DACAmented students,” reports The Diamondback.
“As part of the university’s ongoing commitment to undocumented students…We are assigning a UMD staff person to serve as a coordinator to address the immediate needs of the undocumented student population,” Lawson stated. “We will continue to assess the need for staff support moving forward.”
Georgetown University appointed a staff member to a similar position during the fall semester.
Erica Fuentes, a UMD student and the president of Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society told The Washington Post that a coordinator could help illegal immigrant students who want to apply to state schools.
“Applying to a state institution can be difficult for undocumented students,” Fuentes said. “A lot of times college applications require students to disclose personal information about themselves, oftentimes [asking] residency questions and things like that.”