A group of professors at the largest university in the nation's most Hispanic state are asking for more protection of immigrant students.

Professors and instructors at the University of New Mexico delivered a letter Friday to the school's president, Bob Frank, amid uncertainty from immigrant students who are living in the country illegally but have temporary protective status.

Advocates say the students are scared of being deported after the election of Republican Donald Trump as president. Trump has previously said he wanted a "deportation force" to remove immigrants living in the country illegally.

The University of New Mexico has long allowed immigrant students who are living in the country illegally to attend at in-state tuition rates.

Franks says university lawyers are looking into a "sanctuary" designation.