An unofficial communication at Cornell has warned staff that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) agents are on the campus today, and urged them to call the University Counsel’s Office before answering questions or requests.
“If anyone from ICE visits your office please call University Counsel, 255-5124 before addressing any requests or questions,” a university staff member instructed recipients in a Tuesday morning e-mail that was provided to 14850 Today.
Just last week, Ithaca residents gathered for a rally after I.C.E. agents arrested a Mexican national.
The City of Ithaca and Tompkins County have established “sanctuary” status, saying law enforcement will not inquire about immigration status unless it is directly related to an investigation.
This winter, Ithaca’s Common Council adopted sanctuary city status in an ordinance drafted with the help of New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman.
In March, Cornell police chief Kathy Zoner said, “Cornell Police will not seek immigration status information of any individual in the course of its law enforcement activities, unless necessary to investigate criminal activity by that individual or required by law.” That followed a statement from interim president Hunter R. Rawlings III reiterating Cornell’s commitment to its “diverse and global community.”