The #CamBridges websiteSiyang Wei/CamBridges

A Cambridge student has founded a website for students to submit short messages of solidarity with immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Umang Khandelwal, Newnham Law student and Director of Policy at The Wilberforce Society, a student-led think tank based within Cambridge, established the #CamBridges website in the wake of Donald Trump’s much-criticised executive order, halting the acceptance of refugees and introducing a 90-day ban on visa holders from seven countries, including Libya, Iraq, and Syria.

The site, which describes itself as “an online space to show we, as Cambridge students want barriers to be broken and bridges to be built – in our discussions, in our city, in our world,” encourages anonymous submissions of up to 100 words.

Submissions so far describe the human impact of the current global immigration rhetoric. “Failing to stand up for refugees, displaced persons, and all those who have no voice or are discriminated against,” one says, “is compliance with tyranny.” Another draws parallels between Trump’s ban and the personal story of a family split along the Hungary-Romania border during the Second World War.

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