EDUCATION

Immigrant students call on UConn to put support in writing

The president of the University of Connecticut says the school will do all it can to support students who do not have legal immigration status even though it can't become a sanctuary campus.

Several immigrant students attended a Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday and called on the school to codify its intent to protect them.

They fear that as president, Donald Trump will reverse President Obama's executive order that allows certain students who came to the United States as children to obtain work permits and study here.

Among other things, Herbst says university police will not question immigration status or detain anyone based on administrative warrants from federal officials.

But Herbst says as a state institution, the school must abide by state and federal laws and can't unilaterally declare itself a sanctuary.