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house Bill H.R. 6530

Sanctuary Campuses: Should Colleges That Don’t Comply With Immigration Law Not Get Federal Funding?

Argument in favor

Colleges and universities that refuse to comply with immigration law should have their federal funding for student loans and grants cut off. If the people who live in that state support that policy, they can pick up that tab.

Steve's Opinion
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12/21/2016
Noncompliance or outright refusal to comply with federal immigration law is, most definitely, grounds for denial of federal funding. Immigration is one of the few areas where it's the federal government's business to be involved.
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Kevin's Opinion
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12/21/2016
Seriously, why should people who pay taxes be paying for students who do not pay taxes? The colleges should be held accountable to help make space to educate those who are citizens. If colleges cannot comply then they should not receive funding.
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Mart's Opinion
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12/21/2016
My taxes should not pay for colleges that break the law
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Argument opposed

It would be incredibly spiteful to deny institutions of higher education access to loans that enable more students to further themselves academically simply because the school doesn’t want to help deport unauthorized immigrants.

David's Opinion
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12/21/2016
It is not the school's job to deport Illegal Immigrants. That being said… the wording on this is pretty difficult to figure out.
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Sara's Opinion
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12/23/2016
Undocumented students and their families pay taxes to support higher education in the U.S. Furthermore, it's the university's job to educate, not to act as a police force. There's already a precedent of universities maintaining their own police so that they can selectively shield their students from city/state law enforcement in the interest of the campus climate and education. Lastly, research on sanctuary cities shows that it can improve overall citizen safety because when faced with possible deportation, undocumented citizens will not report crimes to the police or aid with investigations. If they do not have this fear, they are able to work with the police in good faith. This is similar to how some colleges have amnesty policies with regard to alcohol consumption. In order to keep students safe, if students seek help for alcohol poisoning, they are not prosecuted for underage drinking or public intoxication.
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Joan's Opinion
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12/21/2016
Campuses are places for higher learning, not policing based on quite arbitrary attempts to scapegoat a subset of people.
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What is House Bill H.R. 6530?

This bill would prohibit federal funding for student loans and grants to colleges and universities that adopt “sanctuary campus” policies and refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Specifically, funding from Title IV of the Higher Education Act would be cut off, which funds the Direct Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, and Pell Grant programs among others.

A “sanctuary campus” would be defined as any college or university that:

  • Has a policy preventing personnel from providing information about immigration status to federal authorities, or blocks compliance with requests for information from the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS);

  • Admits or harbors an unauthorized immigrant;

  • Provides an unauthorized immigrant with a benefit based on their residence (like in-state tuition) to the same extent that a U.S. citizen would be eligible to receive;

  • Has a policy restricting DHS from accessing the campus or students on campuses for recruiting in a manner that any other employer could.

An institution of higher education wouldn’t be considered a sanctuary campus solely based on having a policy that prohibits its staff from reporting an unauthorized immigrant who comes forward as a crime victim or witness.

If this bill is enacted, it wouldn’t take effect for 90 days, so colleges and universities would have time to potentially change their campus policies to comply with this legislation.

Impact

Unauthorized immigrants on college campuses; colleges and universities; and federal immigration officials.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 6530

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to deny federal law enforcement funding to sanctuary cities that don’t comply with federal immigration law, numerous colleges and universities across the country have declared themselves sanctuaries as well. At least 28 higher education institutions have declared themselves to be sanctuary campuses so far.

This legislation has the support of two cosponsors in the House, both of whom are Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Amariotti / Creative Commons)

AKA

No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act

Official Title

To amend title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to prohibit the provision of funds under such title to institutions of higher education that violate the immigration laws, and for other purposes.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
    IntroducedDecember 16th, 2016
    Noncompliance or outright refusal to comply with federal immigration law is, most definitely, grounds for denial of federal funding. Immigration is one of the few areas where it's the federal government's business to be involved.
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    It is not the school's job to deport Illegal Immigrants. That being said… the wording on this is pretty difficult to figure out.
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    Undocumented students and their families pay taxes to support higher education in the U.S. Furthermore, it's the university's job to educate, not to act as a police force. There's already a precedent of universities maintaining their own police so that they can selectively shield their students from city/state law enforcement in the interest of the campus climate and education. Lastly, research on sanctuary cities shows that it can improve overall citizen safety because when faced with possible deportation, undocumented citizens will not report crimes to the police or aid with investigations. If they do not have this fear, they are able to work with the police in good faith. This is similar to how some colleges have amnesty policies with regard to alcohol consumption. In order to keep students safe, if students seek help for alcohol poisoning, they are not prosecuted for underage drinking or public intoxication.
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    Campuses are places for higher learning, not policing based on quite arbitrary attempts to scapegoat a subset of people.
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    Seriously, why should people who pay taxes be paying for students who do not pay taxes? The colleges should be held accountable to help make space to educate those who are citizens. If colleges cannot comply then they should not receive funding.
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    My taxes should not pay for colleges that break the law
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    Despite what they may think they are, they are not above the law and should be fined for non-compliance as well!
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    This progressive liberal philosophy of I don't have to obey laws that I don't like is being pushed by Democratic politicians purely for votes and political ends and by completely out of touch liberals and snowflakes on college campuses who have no idea what the real world is like. We are a republic founded on respect for the rule of law and you don't get to pick and choose which ones you will follow and which ones you will ignore because you don't like them. That's called breaking the law and you get charged criminally for doing so. If a college or university is receiving public funds then they must be required to obey the rules of law.
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    Sanctuary colleges, like sanctuary cities, are breaking the law and MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE! The open borders advocates like to refer to our nation's invaders as "undocumented immigrants." These people are in fact ILLEGAL ALIENS, who have no respect for our laws or our national sovereignty. Therefore, the cities AND COLLEGES that claim to provide those illegal aliens with sanctuary ARE IN FACT AIDING AND ABETTING CRIMINALS! I don't understand why liberals won't uphold their country's laws! If you believe a law is unjust, the RIGHT thing to do is to work to get the law changed or repealed. HONORABLE, LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS DON'T TRY TO CHANGE THE LAW BY BREAKING THE LAW! The Democommie liberals are demonstrating their disdain, not only for the Rule of Law, but also for God Almighty! Sanctuary cities and colleges are but symptoms of their perverted moral standards. Remember, most of them are the same people who justify the murder of innocent unborn children, and who refuse to obey God's teachings regarding marriage! God has said that SIN IS LAWLESSNESS: “Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.” ‭‭(I John‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” ‭‭(Romans‬ ‭13:1-4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” ‭‭(Titus‬ ‭2:11-14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) IF WE ARE TO INDEED BE A NATION OF LAWS, WE MUST UPHOLD THOSE LAWS OR USE LEGAL MEANS TO CHANGE THEM! UNFORTUNATELY, OUR OWN CONGRESS HAS FAILED TO HOLD OUR OWN POTUS AND PAST AND PRESENT MEMBERS OF HIS ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR LAWLESSNESS! WE THE PEOPLE MUST HOLD OUR REPRESENTATIVES ACCOUNTABLE FOR NOT DOING THEIR DUTY AND FOR NOT HONORING THEIR OATH OF OFFICE! IF WE ARE TO BE PLEASING TO OUR CREATOR, WE MUST BE A LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE, AND WE MUST MAKE CERTAIN THAT OUR LAWS DO NOT CONFLICT WITH GOD'S LAWS!
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    No ONE has a right to be here unless you are born in America or you come here legally. "Sanctuaries" are doing the equivalent of what the Segregationist Democrats did when they tried to ignore Federal Law and stop Black Americans from going to public schools. Disgusting.
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    I don't think colleges violating federal law should receive taxpayer funds.
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    Our Federal Government uses our own Tax Dollars to force their will on States daily. This would be normal operating procedure, and applauded, but aiming it against liberal institutions, strangely, becomes controversial. Just do it. No institution, City, State, Company, or individual should receive Our Tax Dollars while refusing to follow our laws.
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    Most undocumented immigrants pay taxes, and many of them are trying to become citizens but are failed by the system. Also, most of them are required to sign up for the draft. Look it up. So most behave like citizens and should be treated like them, and a school that welcomes them should not be penalized.
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    It is not the job of an institution of higher learning to deport illegal immigrants. Moreover, the "sanctuary campus" campaign is not for illegal immigrants per se; it is for REFUGEES -- people who feel unsafe and need sanctuary, need refuge. This seems to be another project of defunding social welfare programs.
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    The liberals are so fond of the law unless it goes against their ideas, then not. So no they should not get funding if they're breaking the law.
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    Federal law is federal law, you don't follow it the government should not support you. Period.
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    Why would we want to limit resources to the next generation of professionals that would benefit our economy?
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    Absolutely!!! We are a nation of laws and everyone should have to obey those laws...not pick and choose what to obey and not obey depending on what you want to. If they don't follow the law pull all funding...very easy solution
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    Universities seem to be the only place where people are educated enough to understand immigrants are not the issue in our nation. They should be allowed to protect those that they posses the education to reason are victims of an oppressive system, not a cause of economic or public danger.
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    Lol and Rs are supposed to be all about small government.
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