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SHADES advocates for undocumented students

Immigration activists chant behind a cardboard coffin on the front steps of the North Carolina Attorney General's office in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Immigration activists made a trip from Chapel Hill to Raleigh to protest slience from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper on whether undocumented students are eligible for in-state tuition. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT)

A “Resolution to Protect Undocumented and DACA Broncos” was introduced for the second time to Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) on Monday, Feb. 6 by Students Honoring Active Demarginalization Efforts (SHADES).

SHADES, which focuses on social justice efforts, has been pushing for discussion and action regarding the security of undocumented students. After passing at Student Assembly, the resolution has failed at the executive level, causing frustration among supporters. Advocates say this resolution is imperative to moving toward a more inclusive and safe campus for all.

“The resolution brought by representatives of SHADES proposes that Boise State takes a bigger stance on undocumented students and those a part of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). It’s protecting students,” said ASBSU Assembly Member Austin Henderson.

Currently, under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), educational institutions are not allowed to release any private information about a student. However, schools are allowed to disclose records without consent, if they are complying with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena.

Jese Robles, senior criminal justice major and one of the three founders of SHADES, said this resolution has a few objectives. It is a direct follow up to the petition originally sent out to students and faculty.

“When we created the petition, we first sent it directly to President Kustra. We soon heard from his law team explaining that what we were asking for was already fairly stipulated within FERPA,” Robles said.

The resolution also solidifies what is already federally mandated within FERPA, according to junior sociology major Fructoso Basaldua.

“It’s time to emphasize these laws. Even if nothing has happened—such as an incident with an immigration officer on campus or an executive order from Donald Trump—it’s more symbolic to show Boise State cares about its students and their families,” Henderson said.

The resolution also secures the safety and security of students and their families in the event that an executive order be passed requiring educational institutions to release records.

“When undocumented children applied to DACA, there was an establishment of trust. By failing to protect information, there is a failure to ensure trust and then this goes against the shared values of Boise State,” said Basaldua.

SHADES and other advocates for the resolution see it as a channel to increasing support for social justice at a micro level.

“The petition is one route through community support and the resolution is through the support of ASBSU and administration. This resolution is the difference between being proactive and being reactive,” Robles said. “Boise State is waiting until something happens. Why wait? It is a time sensitive issue.”

The social justice-based resolution is more symbolic to its advocates than other pieces of legislation that are presented through ASBSU, according to Henderson.

“I am tired of people saying they will act and then not. The ASBSU needs to care, the University needs to care. This is something I am not seeing and it needs to start,” Basaldua said.

The petition will be put through assembly again on Wednesday, Feb. 15. If it passes, it will be put to vote once more on the executive floor on Monday, Feb. 20.