Rutgers students block College Ave to protest Trump deportation plans
NEW BRUNSWICK — Hundreds of Rutgers University students on Wednesday rallied on campus to protest the immigration policies of Republican President-elect Donald Trump.
Participants in the protest called on school administrators to protect students and employees against immigration proceedings under Trump's presidency.
A handful of Trump supporters also staged a rally at the site and later marched in the streets alongside the anti-Trump groups. Some participants chanted "No Trump! No KKK, no racist USA!," but officials say the march overall was orderly and no problems were reported.
The event was one of several similar rallies staged on campuses across the nation Wednesday.
Trump's campaign promises included a vow to deport millions of people who are in the U.S. illegally.
Also on Wednesday, officials confirmed that a part-time lecturer at Rutgers was briefly detained this week by New York City police and evaluated as a psychiatric facility after he posted anti-Trump tweets and made statements that appeared to threaten white people.
Also this week, the university's president pledged to protect the privacy of undocumented immigrants attending the state school following a student and faculty petition calling for Rutgers to be a "sanctuary campus" for those living in the country illegally.
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