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Hundreds sign petition to make UNLV safe space for undocumented immigrants

Posted at 7:03 AM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-29 19:03:08-05
With fear of deportation and hate crimes towards undocumented immigrants at UNLV, students and teachers are trying to spark change.
A petition started by faculty has been going around campus to create a safe space for undocumented immigrants affiliated with UNLV. According to activists, the document addressed to the president of the University has gathered hundreds of signatures.
This isn't just a symbolic gesture. If the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Executive Action is taken away, the signers want to make sure the University won't turn over names and information to the authorities.
"They should be more than welcome to come here," said John Davis. "Everyone comes to America to pursue happiness."
Anita Revilla, an associate professor, agrees with John, adding that many undocumented immigrants are paying fully out of pocket for their education.
But Conrad Pilapio opposes the petition, saying that accepting undocumented immigrants "cheapens the value" of his citizenship.
Petitioners plan on handing over the letter to school officials in December, joining several schools across the country in the fight to create safe spaces.