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Schools Back Drive for New Sanctuary Campuses

By Peek & Toland on September 28, 2017

More schools are pushing to become sanctuary campuses. However, some administrators fear the creation of sanctuary campuses could make immigrants targets.

A report on U.S. News highlighted a debate at Hood College in Maryland. It described how petitions demanding the school becomes a sanctuary campus are circulating.

It described how one student, José Galarza, asked college administrators to start a discussion about the issue of sanctuary campuses.

The merits of sanctuary camouses are discussed

Students discuss sanctuary campuses

Vice president of finance and treasurer Charles Mann, Provost Debbie Ricker and President Andrea Chapdelaine initiated the debate about what sanctuary status means to colleges and universities.

Hood hosted Janis Judson, chair of the Department of Law and Criminal Justice at Hood. The panel included Andrea Shuford, a Hood graduate and principal attorney at Shuford Immigration Law in Virginia. They took questions and talked what a sanctuary campus is, and what it isn’t.

Most sanctuary campuses are modeled after sanctuary cities, jurisdictions that limit the level of cooperation with government to enforce a wide range of immigration laws.

Judson, a constitutional lawyer, talked about immigration law and which bodies have the powers to set and enforce immigration laws. He pointed out it’s constantly evolving and was an issue which became a battleground for all three branches of federal government in recent years.

Judson said undocumented immigrants are frightened in the current era of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids with an uptick in deportations under the Trump administration.

Shuford advised students at Hood College who may be coming under pressure because of their immigration issues that sanctuary campus status has little meaning. She said the term sanctuary has little basis in law and zero legal status in federal law.

She pointed out limiting the college’s cooperation with law enforcement would not mean assisting or harboring a person who entered the country illegally. Shuford said it means the campus would not actively help law enforcement in detaining the immigrant.

We noted how sanctuary campuses are being set up to assist undocumented immigrants on our blog.

However, there are already moves to reduce funds to sanctuary campuses in the same way as to sanctuary cities.

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U.S. Representative Moves to Cut Funds to Sanctuary Campuses

By Peek & Toland on April 11, 2017

President Donald Trump pledged to defund sanctuary cities that protect undocumented immigrants, during the election campaign. However, he has been less vocal about sanctuary campuses.

However, a Republican representative recently filed a bill that would cut educational grants to universities and colleges that don’t cooperate with information requests from immigration officials.

Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris introduced the Federal Immigration Law Compliance Act in December, according to the representative’s website states.

In Texas, Governor Greg Abbot has also threatened action against sanctuary campuses.

Sanctuary campuses may be defunded

Sanctuary campuses can be defunded

A report on Breitbart said the legislation would require educational entities to comply with any lawful requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Federal funding would be withheld from any entity that refuses to comply with federal immigration enforcement demands.

Harris said any university that failed to comply with ICE requests should be denied federal funds until it comes into compliance.

Abbott said in a tweet he will cut funding for state campuses that fail to comply with federal requests over immigration.

The governor’s threats did not prevent students at the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University and Texas Woman’s University from mobilizing to join the sanctuary campus movement. A UNT petition gathered more than 700 signatures.

Sanctuary Campuses Take Off In the United States

In the wake of the election of Donald Trump as president in November, there have been calls for sanctuary campuses across the country including at Texas State University.

The Chicago Tribune noted how college administrators in New Mexico are looking at protections for undocumented immigrants. New Mexico has the highest percentage of Latino residents in the country.

Even Trump’s alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, renewed a pledge to block federal agents without a warrant from taking away its students who are in the country illegally.

The University of California has also highlighted measures to protect students in the country illegally. It will not help federal immigration agents or provide confidential records without court orders.

The sanctuary campus movement follows a campaign trail pledge by Trump to end an executive order granting temporary status to undocumented immigrant students. He also said he will launch a “deportation force” and deprive federal funding from sanctuary cities.

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Sanctuary Campuses Are Being Created to Help Immigrants

By Peek & Toland on January 26, 2017

President Donald Trump has vowed to cut funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” that protect undocumented immigrants. But some universities are following suit and labeling themselves as “sanctuary campuses.”

A report on KTTC stated colleges and universities in some states are reacting to fears of immigrant students and following the policies of sanctuary cities.

In New Mexico, the state with the highest percentage of Latino residents, college administrators are considering becoming sanctuary campuses and putting policies and protections in place to allow undocumented students to continue their studies.

There are also moves in Texas, California, Georgia, Illinois and Minnesota to protect immigrant students known as Dreamers.

Sanctuary campuses may help immigrants

Trump has pledged to end President Obama’s executive order that granted temporary status to undocumented immigrants. He has promised to set up a “deportation force” and withdraw federal funding from sanctuary cities. Trump has said little about sanctuary campuses.

Although the sanctuary campus term remains an unclear one, there is a push underway to protect undocumented students at universities and colleges across the country, noted The Atlantic.

The president of Wesleyan University reportedly said after consulting with the school’s legal counsel and its board of trustees that the college is going to become a sanctuary campus.

California State University system stated in late 2016 that it would remain a welcoming space for undocumented students.

While the university said it would not be using the “sanctuary” term at any of its 23 campuses in California, it made it clear it will not cooperate with a federal policy that targets immigrant students who live illegally in the country.

The University of California has announced steps to protect its undocumented students. It won’t be helping immigration agents or providing any confidential records without court orders. The university said it will refuse to give information for any national registry based on race, religion or national origin.

Over the next few years, we are likely to be seeing a protracted struggle between universities and cities and the federal authorities over the rights of undocumented immigrants.

Many of these young people have been in the United States for many years and deportations can rip families apart. Please see our Austin immigration lawyers’ success stories about how we have fought deportations.

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