We’re all aware there are hundreds of cities in America classified as “sanctuary cities” – those which pick and choose which federal laws they want to obey, and refuse to prosecute illegal immigrants solely for being “undocumented.” Their days are limited, as President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to cut off all federal funding to them if they defy him and keep their sanctuary status.
In the meantime, the liberal arts students of the world are looking to erect their own mini sanctuary cities on college campuses. Thanks to far-left student activists, hundreds of campuses nationwide are being pressed to become “sanctuary campuses.” What a sanctuary campus would encompass differs slightly depending on which activist you ask. Some are asking colleges not to cooperate with federal authorities on immigrant issues, while others want administrators to block federal immigration authorities from searching campuses. They’ll probably end up settling on both.
Trump hasn’t yet spoken on sanctuary campuses (and could easily destroy them by simply withholding federal funding to those schools), but at least one state is showing whom not to mess with. As the Conservative Tribune reported: In response to students in his state petitioning their respective universities to institute sanctuary policies to protect illegal-immigrant students, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday via Twitter that any campus caught doing as such would pay a steep price.
“Texas will not tolerate sanctuary campuses or cities,” he wrote. “I will cut funding for any state campus if it establishes sanctuary status.”
According to The Dallas Morning News, no state universities in Texas had yet formally declared themselves sanctuary campuses – and they’re wise not to. Schools in other states, including the University of California and California State University, “have promised that their police forces won’t cooperate with any federal efforts to enforce immigration law,” which one could argue was equivalent to a formal declaration.
Speaking with The Huffington Post, state Rep. Trey Maritnez-Fisher, a Democrat, noted that for the governor to cut funding to state universities, he would need the state legislature’s assistance.
“Whatever money is going to these schools is worked through by the House, Senate and the governor’s office,” he said. “If the governor is going to follow through with his threat to veto funding to universities, he will have only done so with the acquiescence of the House and the Senate, and I doubt that would ever happen.” Unless, of course, President-elect Donald Trump were to pursue similar measures on the federal stage, which he could conceivably do given his previous threats regarding sanctuary cities.
In the meantime, the Texas governor has reportedly signaled his intention to sign a law banning sanctuary cities, and he also said that he had already issued an order cutting funding to such cities.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 28, 2016
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]