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NYU Sanctuary club to protest ICE officers presence in courthouses

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A campus organization dedicated to turning New York University into a sanctuary campus for undocumented immigrants will participate in a demonstration at New York City courthouses this Thursday. They will protest the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in courthouses.

According to the Facebook event page, which is listed on the NYC Sanctuary club website, the event called “ICE Out of the Courts: We Say No To The Trump Agenda” is a response to Chief Judge Janet DiFiore not heeding their calls to prohibit ICE agents from entering courthouses.

The protest is being organized by the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys – UAW 2325, but will also feature several other community groups in addition to NYU Sanctuary, including local unions and public defenders. According to event organizers, Judge DiFiore’s refusal to bar ICE agents from courthouses makes the Office of Court Administration “complicit in Trump's horrific mass deportation agenda.”

NYU Sanctuary was founded as a coalition of faculty and students dedicated to protecting illegal immigrant students and workers on NYU’s campus following the election of Donald Trump in November 2016. Since its creation, the organization successfully persuaded NYU President Andrew Hamilton to declare NYU as a sanctuary campus.

The organization also regularly participates in a number of leftist events, such as an annual “Anti-Columbus Day Tour” of NYC where students protest statues of Columbus and call for the renaming of the holiday to “Indigenous Peoples Day,” as well as a “Melt I.C.E. Collective Performance Vigil,” where students break frozen blocks of ice to protest the agency and use human warmth from their bodies to melt the ice.

The creation of NYU Sanctuary also helped to spur the development of a Spring 2018 class at NYU titled “Migration, Refugees & the Politics of Sanctuary.” The class, which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, will address topics such as “settler colonialism, citizenship, climate change, policing, militarism, ethnic and religious cleansing, gender regulation, labor exploitation, media infrastructure, healthcare provision, and the role of universities as speech centers and safe havens.” According to the course description, students will also learn resources for “practicing the politics of sanctuary.”