College students want “sanctuary campuses” for illegal immigrants

College students want “sanctuary campuses” for illegal immigrants

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
November 30, 2016

President-elect Trump’s election night win has instilled the fear of GOD into the hearts and minds of thousands upon thousands of illegal immigrants currently living in the United States.

Trump campaigned on deporting all illegal immigrants and constructing a border wall, which is inline with bipartisan legislation that already calls for enforcing existing immigration laws and building a wall or fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Because of a fear of deportation now looms over the heads of many illegal immigrants, a growing movement around the country has emerged on a college campuses.

Does Texas have a constitutional right to defy Supreme Court on protecting its border?

One thing to point out is the President Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than any other U.S. President in history.

Two Florida publics colleges or universities are taking part in a “sanctuary campuses” campaign to help prevent the Trump Administration from deporting illegal immigrant students already enrolled in school.

As few colleges and universities nationally have adopted such a label, it’s not exactly clear what self-identifying as a The basic idea is that administrators would resist efforts by immigration authorities to enter campus or seize undocumented students, refuse to share their information with the federal government and provide them with scholarships or other supports as necessary.-POLITICO

The New College of Florida, with its 850 students, is one of those colleges along with Florida International University in Miami, that are circulating petitions to make their campuses deportation-proof.

“With the post-election results and increased violence toward undocumented immigrants/refugees, we the students, alumni, faculty, and staff on this campus ask you to implement a plan to declare our campus a sanctuary for all undocumented students, staff, faculty, and their family members, including especially those who face imminent deportation.”- NCF “sanctuary campus” petition

Arizona State University's President Dr. Michael M. Crow, recently penned an open letter to students, staff, and alumni, detailing the university's support for DACA and it's illegal immigrant students.

Here is the letter:

Dear ASU Community:

I want to emphasize that Arizona State University’s commitment to DACA students and to all "dreamers" remains unchanged. It is based on the core principle set forth in ASU’s charter that we are “measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed.”

This commitment, particularly as it applies to immigrants, honors the vision of Arizona’s founders.

They “believed that an educated citizenry was extraordinarily important to the new state” because “they had witnessed the most intense immigration in the history of America” and “were keenly aware that education was responsible for preserving America's unity while wave after wave of peoples arrived from other countries. As the heated debates about education as a requirement for voting show, the conventioneers believed that a free society could not exist without educated participants.”

The Arizona Constitution requires that our public school system “shall be open to all the children of the state.” (Article XX, paragraph 7; emphasis added) It is an obligation that ASU takes seriously. And, particularly when it comes to immigrants, it is one that I take personally.

This is about our university's values

In 2010, President Skorton of Cornell and I sent a letter to 2,200 university and college presidents enlisting their support for passage of the DREAM Act. President Skorton and I made a similar plea in 2013, this time along with Miami Dade College President, Eduardo Padrón.

And, I am adding my name to the college and university presidents’ statement in support of the DACA program and our undocumented immigrant students.

My commitment, and ASU’s, to dreamers has not been limited to lobbying for passage of the DREAM Act. Working with community leaders, we raised millions of dollars to ensure that the ASU students impacted by the passage of Proposition 300 would have the funds needed to complete their education.

ASU reaffirms its historic commitment to dreamers generally and to DACA students in particular. We do so as a matter of our state mandate, our charter and our values.

How do we move forward? 4 actions:

ASU’s actions going forward will be based on this commitment and on the following additional principles specific to the questions that have been asked regarding the status of DACA students:

1.  The legal status of DACA students has not changed. While there has been much speculation, the Arizona Board of Regents’ position that DACA students are eligible for in-state tuition at all three Arizona public universities remains unchanged. There will be no change unless and until the federal DACA program is changed or the court of appeals reverses the lower  court decision that was the basis for the board’s conclusion that DACA status satisfies the requirements of its residency policy.

2.  We recognize that DACA students are nevertheless anxious and concerned. Therefore, ASU will make counseling services available to them on a confidential basis.

3.  If DACA is eliminated, we will rise to the challenge. ASU is a convening force in the community for good and for change. If students lose the status that makes them eligible for in-state tuition, ASU will engage the community to seek financial support for the continued study of students at ASU who graduated from Arizona high schools and who are qualified to attend the state universities — regardless of their immigration status.

We have begun discussions with our DACA scholarship partner, TheDream.US, about using the private dollars they raise to secure scholarships for dreamers who have lost their DACA status, should that occur. Even before in-state tuition became a reality, we partnered with TheDream.US on a scholarship program that they established for DACA students enrolled in our online degree programs, and we would hope that will continue.  ASU will also provide financial counseling services.

4.  In the days ahead, we will continue to work at every level to maintain the great learning environment that ASU has created. Dialogue is essential and we will communicate at multiple levels with various communities and constituencies about the importance of inclusivity in all that we do.

ASU will continue to advance the economic competitiveness of our state through the education of all qualified students: The future of Arizona's economic competitiveness requires that an educated workforce.  As our founders recognized, it is essential to our democracy.


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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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