University of Rhode Island president David M. Dooley spoke at a rally organized by students, faculty and staff with concerns about President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. At the event, President David Dooley said: “We are here to do a couple of things: one, I think, is to acknowledge the importance, at times like these, of recognizing the anxiety and uncertainty that afflict — to a degree, all of us, but certainly some members of our community more than others. To acknowledge that, and position ourselves to be of whatever assistance we can be to those members of our community who feel threatened or just simply very uncertain about their future.
“The second thing is to acknowledge: we don’t know how this is going to evolve. … In times like this, it’s more important to stand up for what our core values are,” Dooley said. He vowed that campus police would not act as agents of ICE as the federal government implements Trump’s executive temporarily bans immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including war-devastated Syria.
- URI community rallies against immigration ban, The Independent-Feb 11, 2017
- RI’s college leaders unite in defiance of immigration ban, The Providence Journal-Feb 4, 2017
- URI professors seek protection for students, faculty and staff, The Providence Journal-Jan 30, 2017