According to the Chicago Maroon, the student newspaper of University of Chicago, a student government unit is considering a special handout fund for immigrant students because Trump is President.
According to an e-mail from Chicago Maroon, on March 1, “College Council considers resolutions dedicating $1,000 each to an Immigration Emergency Fund and an Urban Excursion Fund. The Immigration Emergency Fund would provide support for students affected by Donald Trump’s executive orders in increments of $50 per student”.
College Council is made up of four student representatives from each graduating class. It’s unclear what the money would go towards or if the it would only go to illegal immigrant students or any immigrant students.
The College Council did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the university, so it’s unknown how the College Council voted on March 1. As of March 6, the university has still not responded to a media request.
There are many questions left unanswered: does this apply just to illegal immigrant students? Does it only apply to legal immigrant students? How will the money be used? It’s unclear how a $50 allowance is supposed to help students, or if there may be better uses for the money.
The day after the vote, students appeared to try to paint the President of the school, Robert Zimmer, as Trump’s ally, putting on a “skit” comparing the two. According to the student newspaper the Chicago Maroon, the sponsoring group Fair Budget UChicago:
advocates for a $15 minimum wage on campus, reform of Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS), and making buildings on campus handicap accessible, according to FBU member and second-year Christopher Good.
About 40 students gathered in front of Hull Gate, chanting slogans like “Hey, hey, ho, ho, these corporate admins gotta go,” “Wages, not walls,” and “Focus on our mental health, not on growing corporate wealth.”
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