While the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) made an attempt at an even-handed approach to the growing “Sanctuary Campus” movement, there is some evidence that there are campuses going well beyond the letter of the law.
“We support the movement for sanctuary campuses,” the AAUP averred in a statement published on November 22, 2016. “While colleges and universities must obey the law, administrations must make all efforts to guarantee the privacy of immigrant students and pledge not to grant access to information that might reveal their immigration status unless so ordered by a court of law.”
“Nor should colleges and universities gather information about the citizenship or immigration status of people who have interactions with the administration, including with campus police. College and university police should not themselves participate in any efforts to enforce immigration laws, which are under federal jurisdiction.”
“But even many of those institutions which do not declare themselves sanctuaries already openly accept illegal alien students, in flagrant disregard of the immigration laws, and offer them in-state tuition rates,” Jessica Vaughan and Dan Cadman wrote in a paper published by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) this month. “Ironically, this includes the University of California system, whose president is Janet Napolitano, former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Obama administration.”
“The UC system goes so far as to provide an online Undocumented Student Resources guide, declaring that ‘Undocumented students of all ethnicities and nationalities can find a safe environment and supportive community at the University of California…UC campuses offer a range of support services —from academic and personal counseling, to financial aid and legal advising…’”