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Sanctuary Campuses Carry Risks in Defying Trump

Sanctuary Campuses Carry Risks in Defying Trump

“if a college receives most of its funding through a state government”

Activists on campus are excited about defying Trump but reality should give pause to administrators.

From Real Clear Politics:

‘Sanctuary Campuses’ Defy Trump — Though at a Risk

With the Trump administration’s immigration policy taking shape and the threat of increased deportations looming, nearly a dozen colleges around the country have begun taking a cue from so-called sanctuary cities to shield their undocumented students. Calling themselves “sanctuary campuses,” these universities say they will refuse to aid federal officials in the event of a raid on their property.

Yet the majority of the self-designated campuses have one thing in common: They are private schools. For the country’s undocumented students – over 90 percent of whom attend public institutions – these new havens would do little good.

During a time when campuses have become the epicenter of anti-Trump protests, why haven’t public schools followed the lead of their private counterparts? The answer largely comes down to funding. While the sanctuary designation always comes with financial risks, those risks are greater if a college receives most of its funding through a state government.

Eunice Cho, a staff attorney with the Immigrant Justice Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, says that because state universities are effectively run by governor-appointed boards of regents, there is a “direct political link” between those schools and state legislatures, which are more sensitive to political pressures. Private schools’ reliance on federal funding — removal of which would be difficult under current law — “gives them more autonomy and lets them provide additional safety procedures for their students.”


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I’m still confused why any postsecondary institution is receiving any federal funding at all. Why not just eliminate all such funding on general principle and let the individual states deal with sanctuary issues in their universities, and charge private organizations with aiding and abetting?

What scares me to death (and should scare everyone else to death as well) about this entire issue is that we are having a battle from universities, local and state governments, and many others about their “right” to not enforce the law. They arbitrarily cast aside the process for changing or eliminating laws they do not like and simply resort to a refusal to carry out the law. What makes this even more absurd is how they are fighting for the right to discriminate against American citizens by attributing more rights to illegal aliens, they are foisting enormous costs onto government and others’ budgets and then demanding the US citizens foot the bill when most everyone’s budgets are in the toilet and US citizens are having extreme difficulty in making ends meet.
What in the world has happened to create this environment where Americans have become second class citizens in their own country and those who refuse to give illegal aliens virtually everything are looked down upon as bigots, racists, or worse?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm

If their “state funding” can be cut off, as well as the Fed funding – so much the better.

Do it now!

buckeyeminuteman | February 21, 2017 at 1:03 pm

Like ICE really needs help from campus police and their golf carts