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.