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Indiana Bill Would Make Sanctuary Universities Illegal

Indiana Bill Would Make Sanctuary Universities Illegal

“passage through Corrections and Criminal Law committee on a 6-2 party-line vote”

While many noted universities have already decided against instituting sanctuary campus policies, the concept remains popular with progressive minded students.

Indiana is moving towards outlawing sanctuary campuses.

Kaitlin L Lange and Meghan Holden of the Indy Star reported:

Bill to make sanctuary universities illegal moves forward in Indiana

An Indiana Senate committee approved a measure Tuesday to make “sanctuary universities” illegal in Indiana — a move that would prohibit universities from admitting undocumented immigrants with some exceptions.

Those who were protected under former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program will still be allowed at universities under Senate Bill 423. But if President Donald Trump repeals that program, Indiana universities would no longer be able to allow undocumented immigrants to attend.

The bill’s passage through Corrections and Criminal Law committee on a 6-2 party-line vote came as the Department of Homeland Security issued a sweeping set of orders Tuesday to implement President Trump’s plan to increase immigration enforcement. The memos instruct all agents to identify, capture and quickly deport every undocumented immigrant they encounter…

Some senators said the bill was unnecessary because there are no “sanctuary schools” in Indiana..

Some opponents of the Senate bill worry the legislation would cause worry for immigrants already concerned about Trump’s immigration policies.

Karina Garduno, vice president of the Indiana Latino Higher Education Council Board, said this legislation takes away students’ right to feel safe on campus.

As you can probably imagine, there has been some push back on this from student activists.

The Indiana Daily Student reports:

Senate committee passes bill to make sanctuary campuses illegal

Before the Indiana Senate voted to pass a bill enforcing federal immigration laws on college campuses, three students held up a banner that read “EDUCATION NOT 

The senators in the Corrections and Criminal Law committee immediately shut down the protest, then voted 6-2 in favor of passing the bill. If it becomes law, the bill will make sanctuary campuses illegal.

A college designated as a sanctuary campus is one with policies to protect students who are undocumented immigrants. Previous legislation, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act, protects some undocumented minors from deportation and lets them obtain work permits and an education.

The new bill would make state educational institutions count as governmental bodies and potentially limit ways colleges can implement the DACA act and other protections for undocumented immigrants.

Erika Espinoza, one of the protesting Ball State University students and an immigrant from Mexico, is protected by the DACA act.

“I felt humiliated in front of everyone,” Espinoza said after the failed protest. “Just because I am protected now doesn’t mean I will be in the next month.”

Here’s the full description of the bill from the Indiana General Assembly website:

Senate Bill 423

Enforcement of federal immigration laws. Expands, for purposes of provisions regarding enforcement of federal immigration laws by governmental bodies, the definition of “governmental body” to include state educational institutions in Indiana. Defines “state educational institution”, for purposes of IC 5-2-18.2 as the term is defined in IC 21-7-13-32. Prohibits postsecondary educational institutions with in-state campuses from restricting any governmental body’s efforts regarding obtaining, maintaining, or sharing information regarding the citizenship or immigration status of an individual. Defines a “sanctuary policy”. Provides that postsecondary educational institutions with campuses in Indiana may not adopt sanctuary policies. Exempts specified policies of postsecondary educational institutions pertaining to crime victims and witnesses to crimes from the definition of “sanctuary policy”

This will undoubtedly anger the left but it goes to the heart of what Trump talked about during the campaign.

The enforcement of America’s immigration laws.


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Morning Sunshine | February 22, 2017 at 7:52 am

Ya know, have these American educated DREAMers finish their education here, then send them back to their citizenship country and have them rebuild it. I would then find that the cost of educating them might be worth the financial cost.

    UnCivilServant in reply to Morning Sunshine. | February 22, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I’m sure their home countries will have a great use for grievence studies majors and far left activists.

    From a purely economic pov – we (government) spent close to $150,000 educating the dreamers K-12. Sending them home means we lose that investment.

    The obvious solution is to limit immigrants – illegal and legal – from receiving social welfare benefits. That would also radically reduce the incentives for coming to America.

    An illegal Mexican Meth dealer was deported multiple times but was finally arrested for selling an estimated $70,000 of Meth each month. She was also receiving $900 a month in food stamps.

buckeyeminuteman | February 22, 2017 at 7:57 am

Pretty sure that ICE doesn’t need help from campus police and their golf carts to round up illegals.

The population of Mexico alone is 122 million. How many tens of millions have to illegally cross the border before these geniuses figure out that the concept of national sovereignty exists for a reason?

I think there is a great marketing opportunity for some State schools here; and that would be maximized if they adopted a whole host of policies meant to reverse SJW policies and aggravate any students or professors who hold them. Yes, at first a certain number of professors and students would leave. But not that much staff, just like not nearly as many people left this country after Trump one as said they would – good steady university jobs are getting very hard to find.

Once the “swamp is drained”, so to speak, the University can market itself as a place for those students who don’t want to put up with that crap – note how many students refused to go to Mizzou after the SJW protests there. I propose a large university make a pitch to go after those students who do NOT want to be around that. I think they would be flooded with applications.

I also do NOT think they need to become some “conservative” school at all – just get rid of all this activism/bs that is plaguing the school system these days. When BLM shows up, throw them in jail the instant they get out of hand, and if all of those people quit in protest, so what, they weren’t doing anything for the school anyways.

The Federal Diversity Police aren’t going to be breathing down anyone’s necks for a few years, at least. So no more worries there.

What really fries my bacon is the fact that illegals get IN STATE tuition rates, while some poor citizen who might live 5 miles away across a state border might have to pay out of state tuition rates. How is that even logical??

Think of the unPlanned American children.

“I felt humiliated in front of everyone,” Espinoza said after the failed protest. “Just because I am protected now doesn’t mean I will be in the next month.”

Aw, let’s cue the world’s smallest violin and sad trombone for “Senor Copo de nieve” (Snowflake).

AG Sessions’ DOJ needs to hurry up and announce that DACA was illegal from the outset for the same reason the court said DAPA was illegal.