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TX Gov. Abbott to Cut Funding to State Colleges Which Offer Sanctuary

TX Gov. Abbott to Cut Funding to State Colleges Which Offer Sanctuary

Hard ball.

There is a mad rush among progressive academics to institute “sanctuary campus” polices which will harbor illegal immigrants much in the same way as sanctuary cities. It’s largely due to Trump’s stunning election victory and the left is trying to make it happen before the President Elect is sworn in.

Meanwhile, opponents of this policy are working on possible consequences for these actions. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is one of those people.

The Dallas Morning News reports:

Gov. Greg Abbott vows to cut funding to state universities that welcome immigrants here illegally

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday he would cut state funding to any Texas public university that declares itself a sanctuary campus.

Abbott issued the statement on Twitter after news that students from across the state are petitioning school administrators to declare state universities sanctuaries for unauthorized immigrants.

Petitions released Monday from students at the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University demanded school administrators follow the model of sanctuary cities like Los Angeles and Chicago, which prevent police from enforcing immigration laws and cooperating with federal immigration officials.

FOX News has more on what the students want:

Students at Texas university call for ‘sanctuary campus’

After the election of Donald Trump some Texas State University students like Raymond Garcia began to feel uneasy.

“Oh definitely I have friends who are immigrants, family who are immigrants, a lot of people who were definitely feeling for their safety, their livelihood,” Garcia said.

Some fear Trump, as President, could do away with DACA — that’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Basically, protection for qualifying undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

“If they’re coming here, if they want an honest education, if they want to be here and they want to work, they should be able to come here to the United States and do that but they should definitely be able to come to the campus and do that and not feel worried about being hazed or being pressured,” said Texas State student Nikolas Farrell.

Abbot discussed his plans for sanctuary cities recently on FOX News:

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There is a huge difference between an immigrant – one who has followed the law and come here legally, sometimes after a wait of years – and an illegal alien. Illegal aliens are not immigrants. They are squatters. Jumping the queue or breaking into someone’s house doesn’t give you any property rights – and that includes the right to even attend a publicly funded university.

Texas funds its colleges through a land-grant system. I would think most taxpayers would object to having illegal aliens being subsidized with this money.

    MattMusson in reply to Valerie. | December 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Every student at a publicly funded Texas University is heavily subsidized by the taxpayers. Having illegal aliens take slots from Texas natives is stealing that subsidy.

Damn, I like Governor Abbott! He was a great AG and he’s the best governor that we’ve had.

    legacyrepublican in reply to Old0311. | December 2, 2016 at 11:51 am

    So very true.

    And, of course, leave it to the media to ignore the fact that Abbott’s wife is a Mexican American and Hispanic whose grandparents immigrated to the USA from Mexico.

    Abbott understands the difference between legal and illegal.

      Yeah, they have to leave that out of their narrative otherwise most of their prog readers heads would explode from the cognitive dissonance. They just can’t understand how many “conservative rednecks” in Texas are married to Hispanics, and how many Texas Hispanics are actually conservative. It just doesn’t fit their narrative real well, so they ignore it.

        clintack in reply to Paul. | December 2, 2016 at 1:56 pm

        They also seem to miss the fact that “Hispanic” is going the way of “Italian” and “Irish” and “Polish” as an indicator of a non-white minority. See: pretty much every claim that “whites” will be a minority in (pick-a-year).

You go, Guv!!!!

Hows about they cut funding for pointless things like gender studies? Wonder if they could do that? 🙂

    mochajava76 in reply to mailman. | December 2, 2016 at 11:06 am

    I love that line from Marie Calvet in Mad Men, “Not every little girl gets to do what they want. The world cannot support that many ballerinas”

    The world cannot support all the people who want to be SJWs or Gender Studies majors.
    Most, make that ALL of them need to get real majors and real jobs.

“..students from across the state are petitioning school administrators to declare state universities sanctuaries for unauthorized immigrants.”

Yeah, I got your %#@^ petition right here.

I saw Gov. Abbot at Red State last year and he was hands down the best speaker there which included everyone but Trump. He will be the president of the US one day! The man is self-deprecating but strong in his beliefs. You cannot listen to him and not walk away thinking that he will be our leader some day. He never uses weasel words that we are all familiar with and that most politicians use. He is direct and forceful with a strong sense of conviction.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to inspectorudy. | December 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    In other words, when Gov. Abbott says he’s going to cut their funding, he’s going to cut their funding. Most excellent. Let’s see if the schools blink.

JackRussellTerrierist | December 2, 2016 at 12:13 pm

All public colleges should be investigated for admitting illegals and for funding their education. Those schools should be prime targets for locating and deporting illegals.

The key point to remember here is that both cities and government colleges have 10th amendment rights against the federal government but not against their own state. So if San Francisco or NYC refuse to cooperate with the feds in enforcing immigration law, they have every right to do that and there is nothing the feds can legally do to stop them. Congress can make small cuts to funding to encourage them to comply, but it cannot make such large cuts as to force compliance. But when Dallas or Austin takes the same attitude the Texas legislature can force them to cooperate with the feds. It doesn’t even need to cut funding, it can just order them to comply, but it can also cut whatever funding it likes.

The point of the 10th amendment is that the federal government is not the boss of the states, or of any subunit of a state. But the states are the boss of their own subunits.

    Actually, if the Congress says “we’re sending 15 million for Pell Grant’s to Texas” and doesn’t include a line item saying how much money each college will get, the DoE is completely within the law to decide that Sanctuary College A is deserving of no money and Non Sanctuary College B is deserving of all 15 million.