Should Emory and other colleges offer sanctuary to students in light of Trump’s deportation threats?

There have been many public protests in Georgia against Regents policies that force children of illegal immigrants to pay out-of-state tuition and deny them entry to the research campuses.

Should Emory become a sanctuary campus? Should any college?

The question is under discussion at the elite Emory campus after more than 700 students and 100 faculty members pressed leadership to stand in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to deport immigrants who are illegally.

Emory is not the only school witnessing mobilization around Trump’s immigration stance. Student-led campaigns are underway at many colleges across the country to create “sanctuary campuses.” At Brown University in Rhode Island, 400 protesters gathered Friday, carrying signs that proclaimed “Stop deporting families” and “I stand with Standing Rock.” New York University students were among the first in the country to call for sanctuary.

It’s not clear what a college has to do to qualify as a “sanctuary,” a term more commonly applied to cities that decline to prosecute otherwise law-abiding immigrants for violating federal immigration laws. Among the cities committing to sanctuary policies in the face of Trump’s deportation threats are San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Trump has said he would withhold federal tax dollars from sanctuary cities.

Last year, Emory announced it would offer scholarships to students who qualify for a special reprieve from deportation through the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. That financial help is critical because DACA recipients don’t qualify for federal student aid.

In a petition, Emory students and faculty ask the university to take several other steps to ensure the campus is not only open and affordable to illegal immigrants, but safe. In essence, they want Emory to serve as  sanctuary where students can study without fear of immigration officers knocking at their door:

Now, we call upon the University to move beyond public statements conveying sympathy and symbolic support. Instead, we urgently demand concrete actions by Emory University to protect all students—especially our undocumented students at the College and in graduate programs.

Work with Local Police Departments to Minimize ICE Enforcement on Campus and at Emory Facilities: We request that you work with local police departments and Emory Police to ensure that Emory’s campus and its facilities are protected from ICE enforcement. This measure is in line with a 2011 policy from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which notes that law enforcement and ICE officials cannot enter the campus without the permission of the university. Similarly, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and border patrol officers are subject to restrictions regarding places of worship, schools, and hospitals (https://www.ice.gov/doclib/ero-outreach/pdf/10029.2-policy.pdf). Enforcement actions covered by the policy include (1) arrests; (2) interviews; (3) searches and (4) surveillance for the purposes of immigration enforcement.

* Declarative Statement on ICE Presence on Emory’s Campus: In line with standard ICE policy of not entering campus spaces, we urgently demand a declarative statement by Emory University that the enforcement actions involving arrests, interviews, searches, and surveillance for purposes of immigration detention will not take place on our campus and at Emory facilities. Our university must continue to become a sanctuary for higher learning.

* Legal Support for Undocumented Students: Increase resources to pro-bono legal services at Emory Law School to ensure there is adequate legal support and resources for undocumented students and students in mixed-status families to cover fees associated with immigration-related legal proceedings. Also, we demand strengthened campus partnership with organizations throughout Atlanta and Georgia that can provide legal assistance and other necessary resources to undocumented immigrants and refugees. These organizations include: the Latin American Association, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Catholic Charities of Atlanta.

* Mental Health Services: Ensure that mental health services at Emory are extended to undocumented students or students affected by immigration detention/deportation. We specifically demand the hiring/training of mental health professionals who have cultural competency in working with trauma-related issues of familial separation and the chronic threat of deportation.

* Administrator Support: Assign a network of point persons who can specifically support undocumented and/or DACA undergraduate and graduate students. We also demand the establishment of a resource center to increase and centralize assistance in navigating issues of immigration status and access to financial aid. We urge Emory to look towards models established by UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, and other institutions in the University of California system.

* Release of Student Information: In line with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, we demand that the immigration status of current DACA students be withheld from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents.

* Financial Aid Resources: Mobilize financial aid resources for DACA and undocumented students in preparation for decreased federal financial support. These resources could be sought through Emory’s extensive donor networks.

* Declarative Statement on Emory’s Policy on Admissions for Undocumented Students: In the spirit of Emory’s decision to admit and provide needs-based financial aid for DACA students, we urgently demand a formal declaration that Emory’s undergraduate and graduate programs admit students irrespective of their immigration status. This policy would entail modifications to Emory’s current admissions procedures, but we very much think that by doing so, Emory will remain true to its commitment to fostering an inclusive community of learners/scholars.

Colleges nationwide have had to grapple with how to treat students who grew up here but whose parents came to the United States illegally. Many schools have chosen to regard those students as they would any other applicant.

However, Georgia adopted one of the nation’s most restrictive policies, preventing such students from attending any sought-after institution that has not enrolled all of its academically qualified applicants for the previous two years. That prohibition now applies to the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Augusta, Georgia State, and Georgia College and State universities.

That is about to change, as the AJC’s Jeremy Redmon reported:

Two of Georgia’s most competitive schools — Georgia State and Augusta universities — will consider admitting immigrants living in the U.S. without legal status, starting in the spring of next year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

That will leave three top Georgia colleges and universities that do not admit such students under a controversial state rule: the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Georgia College & State University. Called Policy 4.1.6, the rule has prompted a series disruptive demonstrations and a federal lawsuit.

The decision follows Republican Donald Trump’s stunning upset in this month’s presidential election. Trump is proposing to crack down on illegal immigration by ramping up deportations and canceling an Obama administration program that has provided deportation deferrals and work permits for more than 741,000 immigrants across the nation, including more than 23,000 in Georgia.

The Board of Regents announced the change in a prepared statement sent exclusively to the AJC this weekend, saying it is the result of a review officials began in connection with the court battle. Augusta and Georgia State universities are making the change under the policy based on their most recent admissions data, according to the board, “because they have admitted all academically qualified applicants through general admissions during the last two years.”

Here is the letter Emory’s new president Claire E. Sterk released in response to concerns from Emory students and faculty:

Dear Emory Students, Staff and Faculty,

“Following my letter of November 9, many of you did reach out to each other, including me. There is an overwhelming call to comfort each other, to ensure that we are a safe community, and to express hope for the future. In addition, a letter requesting the need for a sanctuary campus and ways to protect all members of the Emory community is being reviewed by the university leadership.

“We do not know what the future holds for our nation or for the world. But we do know that Emory’s future is determined by our shared values, our respect for each other, and our open and courteous engagement. Together, we will face the challenges of our time. We have to listen to each other. We must look each other in the eye and be honest and respectful. We need to value each other. Emory always has been and will continue to be committed to the principles of academic freedom in a community that affirms everyone’s rights to speak, learn, and grow. While doing so, we will not tolerate bullying, intimidation, or discrimination on any level. Instead, we expect empathy, mutual respect, and courteousness.

“As one of the top research and teaching universities, Emory has the people, knowledge, and talent to equip itself to create a better world for all. Let’s respond to the challenges posed, apply all that we have to offer in the service of humanity, and remain steadfast in our commitment to the values, vision, and mission that unite us. Much work already is underway, whether through formal and informal conversations, structured programs, intentional training to address unconscious bias, a curriculum that defines challenges in the nature of evidence, and more—including our external engagement and our willingness to be bold.

“As Thanksgiving is upon us, let’s honor each other, be thankful for the communities to which we belong and the opportunities before us, and help each other exceed our expectations of what we can accomplish together.

Sincerely,

Claire E. Sterk

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Ficklefan
Ficklefan

Just wondering how all of this is going to work if basic and minimal intelligence, common sense, and reason do not prevail and nothing is done to stop it. 


With regard to sanctuary cities and sanctuary colleges and universities: Does this mean that along with our federal immigration laws that other federal, state, county, and municipal laws can also be ignored, or enforced by popular choice by a majority of office holders, public officials, and the citizens of the governing jurisdictional authority in control? 


As the sanctuary movement grows could other unpopular laws (disliked by a particular majority that is in control of a particular jurisdiction, organization, state, city, or area) be targeted for non-compliance or non-enforcement, such as: burglary, theft, armed robbery, assault, fraud, firearms, extortion, arson, rape, murder, manslaughter freedom of the press and freedom of speech, etc. etc. For example, manslaughter or murder laws would apply based only upon whether those in control believed that the victim was worthy of the protection of the laws against manslaughter and murder. 


The logical progression and consequences of the premise being forward and promoted by the not so bright among us (selective enforcement or non-enforcement of law by the governing and jurisdictional authorities) is that sanctuaries from all laws may be provided for any number of offenders of federal, state, and local laws, whatever they may be. It essentially turns the enforcement of law into a local popularity contest. 


Note to those now dwelling in some kind of ignorant and stupid happy place about "sanctuary" cities or other places. This kind of myopic and dunder headed thinking (assuming it catches on) could very well come back to haunt you . . . and in a very personal way. 


And to old guys like me, it is just more of the mountain of evidence piling up, more and more every day, that there are way too many "educated" people who know not the first thing about American history, why America was created in the first place, what it means to have a government of laws and not of men, and why its Constitution and the Bill of Rights are perhaps the two greatest governing documents ever created in the history of mankind. And college educated cupcakes, hot house flowers, and marshmallows, and their day care workers and baby sitters, do not seem to have the first clue about what is in them.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

I think if a non-citizen kid is smart enough to get into Emory (or any other college) they should be admitted.  It's sour grapes by these "American" parents because THEIR child isn't that smart.  If you've managed to learn to read,write, and speak English well, you have been here for a while and during that time your parents HAVE been paying taxes.  Better high-achieving kids than some of the "American" slackers we have who expect everything given to them, because they were born here.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

I think intend of "demanding" (so 1960s)  the group should "request" and "encourage" the administration.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

Just as a reminder:  Emory is a private university. If they want to be a "sanctuary university," they can.

Astropig
Astropig

@OriginalProf


Just a reminder: Emory cannot harbor lawbreakers,nor hinder their apprehension,whether they are private or public.

Alexis Lawson
Alexis Lawson

No,we shouldn't offer them crap,I never got offered nothing or my kids

Summer Smith
Summer Smith

Suck it up young America and Teachers, the entire world is laughing at your Pathetic A$$. Part of education is learning that the world isn't the way you wish it would be, but to what the reality is so you can better prepare for it.There are many citizens out there struggling and trying to figure out how they are going to pay for their children's education. Meanwhile our tax dollars and scholarships are going to support illegal immigrants. Brighten up Americans. We need stronger immigration laws. Other countries have them! Only a fool would support this nonsense.

Meade Grey
Meade Grey

I don't like the out-of-state tuition for kids educated in state. It's predatory. These kids need a legal path to residency, and eventually citizenship, if they can still stand it here after all this nastiness.

John Cooper
John Cooper

Let them offer it but stop funding if they do.

AlreadySheared
AlreadySheared

So these folks are conspiring to aid in the continuing commission of a crime.  Should be a way for the government to punish that.


AND there's a 

"a 2011 policy from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which notes that law enforcement and ICE officials cannot enter the campus without the permission of the university"


High time for President Trump's administration to reverse this misguided policy.


Starik
Starik

@AlreadySheared Crime?"  Just like the early '60s segregation laws. Ignoring a really stupid law is a patriotic duty.

Joseph Braun
Joseph Braun

"Stupid Law" is a relative term. Hell, why even have any of them with that mindset.

Bob Ramsey
Bob Ramsey

The students should not be allowed to make any decisions. They are not competent.

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

Why yes of course because we should always reward illegal behavior

Derek Hartrampf
Derek Hartrampf

No. teach them to grow a spine as we are vertebrates.

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Let me get this straight, we can now pick and choose which laws to obey?   This is great.  I choose not to obey the tax laws.   Just think of how much more money I would have to spend on my family.


Oh wait, that's not how it works you say?  We're only going to ignore a certain set of laws that the politically correct crybabies say we should ignore?  Besides, if everyone quit paying taxes, how are we going to provide free healthcare, education, food stamps, and other freebies to the non-working, parasites of society?


Folks, what we are witnessing are the spoiled brats who have been given a candy bar every time they act up in the grocery store finally being told "No".

Sorta amusing as long as they are not your kids....

Starik
Starik

@Lee_CPA2 Tax laws have a purpose, in principle.  Our current immigration laws are laws without a purpose.

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

@Starik @Lee_CPA2

Immigration laws are "laws without a purpose"???


Sorry, no.  As a sovereign nation, we control who enters this country and if someone enters without permission, there is a process in place to kick them out.  It's really that simple.


Sadly, the Dimocrats think that the hispanics will vote for them as long as they are provided freebies.  This is all about the Dims trying to maintain power and to hell with American CITIZENS who will have to pay for it with their taxes, freedoms, and in many cases, their lives.

Starik
Starik

@Lee_CPA2 @Starik Somebody has to do the hard. physical work, Few citizens will. We need the workers, and the workers need the work. What's the big deal with American citizens?  Too many staff the criminal economy, stealing, using and selling drugs, terrify the working poor folk who never know what they will find when they go home after work. Luxuries they worked years to buy wind up stolen by citizens with face and neck tattoos or phony or exaggerated disabilities. 


The immigration laws should welcome people who can help the USA.  They do not.

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

@Starik @Lee_CPA2

I've long said that if America wants to fix the illegal immigration problem, they should first fix the welfare problem.


You touched on it - far too many Americans have discovered that it is more lucrative to sit on their collective butts and draw welfare (add in a few drug deals and breaking & entering) than to work in entry level and/or hard labor positions.


Unfortunately, weak willed politicians find it easier to ignore the illegal immigration than to wean the parasites off the welfare teat.

Preston Adams
Preston Adams

Not illegals. Because they're illegal....get it yet?

Wylie Jones
Wylie Jones

Should the ajc be allowed to continue serving up liberal stupidity and perpetuated ignorance? Sure. The law allows them to be as brainless, divisive, and inflammatory as they want. Illegal actions have laws that are in place to hold accountable those who choose to violate them. Should universities be allowed to collect tuition money without giving access to classes? Yeah. Stupid.

Wylie Jones
Wylie Jones

This is not news kid. Grow up yourself.

Wylie Jones
Wylie Jones

Okie doke, I'll be the first to vote. Yes. She will be smart enough when she stops being a child and grows up a bit.

Wylie Jones
Wylie Jones

Also not news. We could start another poll: is Michelle intelligent enough to consider this non-news story is really just an effort to pulblicly shame local universities because they may or may not follow federal laws?

Michelle Cofer
Michelle Cofer

Is Wylie intelligent enough to know that AJC carries local stories that may not always be in line with his thinking? That's the real question.

Wylie Jones
Wylie Jones

Yup. That's why I read it. Hello from the other side.

Michelle Cofer
Michelle Cofer

AJC reports on things. A lot of times I don't agree, sometimes I do. You saying they serve up liberal stupidity implies that all they do is run liberal news. They dont, so your comment is as childish as you continue to portray yourself.

Wylie Jones
Wylie Jones

A public opinion poll rallying support for local universities to violate federal law is exactly what I was talking about. Any and every story has an obvious slant to the left. Your kid blinders prevent you from seeing the whole picture. Go put on your big girl britches and read the last six months of their stories. Come back to us with your newly changed and informed apology.

Michelle Cofer
Michelle Cofer

Oh you were talking about something specific in your rant, Gramps? Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Wylie Jones
Wylie Jones

A fast reader if you reviewed six months of liberal divisive stories that fast!

Barbara L. LeMaster
Barbara L. LeMaster

From the article: "how to treat students who grew up here but whose parents came to the United States illegally." So the students may be going through the process of becoming citizens and have lived here all their lives.

Joy Adair
Joy Adair

No. we pay enough in taxes already. Go through the process like others.

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

No that would be unfair to the sweet snowflakes

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor

If they wanna do that the federal government should cut them off! It's Trump's America now, and he'll make america great again.

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor

Trump is the voice of the people! Get it straight before you make a ridiculous comment on my post. Thanks..

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor

I ain't gonna sit here and talk politics with a lesbian or whatever gender you classify yourself as. Good day sir/ma'am.

Michelle Cofer
Michelle Cofer

He's the voice of the minority of people, not majority.

Michelle Cofer
Michelle Cofer

Votes still being tabulated which continue to show majority....moron. So, election over, but he's most definitely not the voice of the people.

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor

Not what the election proved now is it moron?

Wylie Jones
Wylie Jones

He's the voice of half of America. Stop being divisive.

Lindsey Ewing
Lindsey Ewing

Why do ya'll think it's okay to call each other names? Can't you have an opinion without discrediting someone's intelligence or character?

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor

Not being a troll just speaking the truth.

Michelle Cofer
Michelle Cofer

No, Lindsey, he cannot. Backed into a corner? Judge their appearance :)

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor

Look at the way you look are you a male or female? I really don't care you make me sick.

Maris Mendoza
Maris Mendoza

Shane Taylor you must think you look amazing. What's even worse is how ugly you are on the inside. If you haven't been reading lately, or watching the news, Trump did not win the popular vote. However, I'm sure facts mean nothing to you anyway.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Definitely has self-identified as a trumpster!

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

Keep telling yourself that, with your eyes firmly shut! (for Shane)