Penn State will not adopt “Sanctuary Campus” Status

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Pennsylvania State University will not become a “sanctuary campus,” a term that President Eric Barron said is “ambiguous” and has “no legal validity”.

President-elect Trump plans to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), put in place by President Obama, which protects undocumented college students from deportation. Barron was among the 570 college presidents who signed a letter in support of the DACA.

He stated after a petition by students to adopt the policy was brought to him;

“If used, it could imply that our university has the authority to exempt our campus from federal immigration laws, when in fact no university has that authority,” Barron said in the statement. “It also implies incorrectly a university is able to provide special protections to undocumented individuals beyond the law. That also is not the case.”

A Pennsylvanian lawmaker, State Rep. Jerry Knowles (R., Schuylkill), has said he plans to introduce legislation in January that would withhold state funding from schools that adopt the “sanctuary campus” policy. Adding that those that fail to cooperate with authorities seeking undocumented students will also lose funding. Penn State more than $300 million in state funding annually.


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