So there are now “sanctuary universities.”
Below is a statement from Columbia, one such sanctuary university, via the Columbia Spectator.
Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:
The presidential election has prompted intense concern for the values we hold dear and for members of our community who are apprehensive about what the future holds. Some of this concern is focused on possible changes to immigration laws and to the federal enforcement of those laws. Some is due to possible changes elsewhere in federal law and policy.
Reports of bias crimes and harassment occurring since the election are also deeply disturbing, particularly so when those who feel threatened are part of a community like ours, committed to tolerance and reason.
The University will neither allow immigration officials on our campuses without a warrant, nor share information on the immigration status of students with those officials unless required by subpoena or court order, or authorized by a student.
These pledges have caught on like wildfire at colleges across the nation, with dozens of campuses making similar statements in the past week alone.
Most follow the same basic format, refusing to assist federal officers, et cetera. Many also include an increase in financial aid and services for undocumented students, as well.
The idea emerged, like Facebook and Winklevoss-strain Super Herpes, from the glossy-eyed campuses of the Ivy League. Numerous students and faculty of Harvard, Yale, and other distinctly phallic ivory towers started the ball rolling by petitioning their universities to make a public pledge to protect undocumented immigrants enrolled at these schools.
Which, okay. How do you even get into Harvard as an undocumented immigrant? Or any college? I remembered needing a social security number to sign my college applications. Right?
I googled it, and it turns out College Board (entirely funded by SAT fees and donations from Satan) has a whole section for advisors on helping undocumented students.
From their website:
Undocumented students may incorrectly assume that they cannot legally attend college in the United States. However, there is no federal or state law that prohibits the admission of undocumented immigrants to U.S. colleges, public or private. Federal or state laws do not require students to prove citizenship in order to enter U.S. institutions of higher education. Yet institutional policies on admitting undocumented students vary.
Basically, private colleges are fair game, and state colleges fall based on their legislatures. Red states tend to require proof of citizenship, and blue states pass laws giving undocumented immigrants in-state tuition. And it’s up to individual schools to decide whether they want to be “sanctuary universities.”
So there you have it. The resistance has begun. Honestly, what to do with the children of illegal immigrants who are brought over without a choice is a political debate. I don’t see why these colleges have to get into the mix. The whole thing feels really staged and self-fellating to me.
Let the government work this shit out. You’re just looking for an excuse to use the fancy letterheads, college presidents. Everybody knows you get paid too much to be nothing more than a marshmallow cake topper.
So what can you do if you don’t agree with your university’s decision to openly flaunt federal law and protect immigrants? I don’t know. Stop giving money to them, I guess.
That’ll show them. There’s no saving Columbia, though. That one’s a lost cause..
[via the Columbia Spectator]
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