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Teacher To Immigrant Students: I'll Turn You In

| by Sarah Zimmerman

With President-elect Donald Trump's promise to repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, many educators across the country have stood up and promised to protect their students from deportation. But one Nevada college lecturer is making no such pledge, instead telling students he will call immigration authorities if he finds out they are in the country illegally.

Part-time math teacher George Buch at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas said on Facebook that he would alert Immigration and Customs Enforcement  if he found that students in his class have entered the country illegally, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

He said that there are “no safe spaces in my classes" for students in the country illegally.

"I would have to turn you into ICE," Buch added.

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Currently, students who entered the country illegally as children are protected from deportation temporarily under DACA, an executive action taken by President Barack Obama in 2012. According to CNN, students can also receive renewable two-year work permits after graduation to extend their stay in the country. 

Trump has already stated will overturn the DACA program, prompting educators to stand up and fight back. According to Inside Higher Education, more than 90 university presidents from around the nation have signed a statement committing themselves to protecting their students.

"To our country’s leaders, we say that DACA should be upheld, continued and expanded," reads the statement, organized by Pomona College President David Oxtoby. "This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity. America needs talent -- and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future."

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UNLV President Len Jessup was one of the 90 administrators to sign the letter according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, and Buch's comments appear to run contrary to the majority of the administration's stance on the issue. 

The Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada has responded to Buch in a statement, writing it "will not tolerate behaviors that undermine our university community to damage the overall student experience."

“CSUN will continue to stand by any student that feels subject to a situation where they feel unsafe or uncomfortable, including any statements made by UNLV staff in-person or online," reads the statement. “We are committed to speaking out against discrimination and hate speech in order to advance the cause of equality for all students.”

Buch has since apologized for his comments and is currently under investigation by the UNLV Office of Compliance.

"I’m extremely sorry for the comments," Buch wrote in a statement. "I know how hurtful they are to many of you. It was intended to be a joke, although clearly a poor one. I have never, nor will I ever, create a classroom of hate or intolerance."

Sources: CNN, Las Vegas Review Journal, Insider Higher Education / Photo credit: Mark Goebel/Flickr

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