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UNR President Supports Students Not In US Legally

RENO, Nev. (AP) — University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson is showing his support for students who have immigrated to the country illegally.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Johnson has joined other college and university presidents across the nation in signing a statement that calls for the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. As of Tuesday, the document had more than 500 signatures.

The action comes as President-elect Donald Trump has said he would get rid of the program, which provides temporary reprieves from deportation for young people living in the U.S. illegally who meet certain criteria.

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Johnson says the program has had "highly positive impacts" on the university and community.

UNR students are also gathering signatures for a petition that seeks to have the university become a sanctuary campus.