Washington, DC — As Congress continues to wait for Democratic leadership in the House and Senate to work with President Trump on ending the current federal government shutdown, Congressman Hunter is utilizing this time as an opportunity to highlight problems with “sanctuary policies” by introducing the “No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act.” This legislation will withhold federal funding to any educational institution that undermines federal immigration law and awards in-state tuition and other public benefits to students who are here illegally.
“Most Americans understand the issue at hand,” said Congressman Hunter. “We are in the midst of a federal government shutdown for one reason and one reason only: Democrats continue to care more about the safety and well-being of people in foreign countries than the people here in the U.S. There is no other way to explain it. Democrats continually refuse to provide funding for border security, which they admit we need and have supported in the past. Democratic leadership have rebuffed President Trump’s compromise proposals to provide relief to DACA children and do nothing to address “sanctuary” policies passed by state and local governments and private institutions.
“It is for this reason that I am reintroducing the “No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act” during the midst of this shutdown. Over 200 college and university campuses have active petitions to their school administrations deeming their institutions to be “Sanctuary Campuses,” thereby deliberately ignoring federal immigration law. These campuses actively promote both their refusal to cooperate with border enforcement agencies and their willingness to provide benefits to those here illegally, even at the expense of students that have legal status to attend their school.”
Specifically, the No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 by defining what a Sanctuary Campus is under federal law and prohibit such institutions from receiving funds under Title IV (Pell Grants, Federally backed loans, etc.). Title IV funding is essential for nearly every academic institution and by creating penalties for schools that the Secretary of Homeland Security deems are “Sanctuary Campuses,” schools will have to make the choice of sacrificing federal support if they undermine federal law.
“If colleges and universities choose to deem themselves “Sanctuary Campuses,” then I believe Congress has every right to withhold federal funding,” said Congressman Hunter. “These institutions exist to provide for the academic needs of their students, not pick and choose which federal laws they deem appropriate to recognize.”
The No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act is the fourth bill Congressman Hunter has introduced as part of his “First 100-Day Initiative,” a proactive legislative agenda providing common-sense legislative solutions.
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