LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Officials say they will review a request made by a group of about 20 high school students to make Lawrence a “sanctuary city” to protect undocumented immigrants.
The Lawrence High School students tell the Lawrence Journal-World that they were prompted to make the request in part by the election of President-elect Donald Trump. Trump spoke of mass deportations during his campaign.
The students’ request was a part of a petition presented to the Lawrence City Commission last week. The petition also asks for a statement of solidarity with people of color, immigrants, Muslims, refugees, LGBTQ people and other marginalized groups.
City manager Tom Markus says city attorneys will review the request.
The University of Kansas Student Senate passed a resolution last month also asking for the designation.