Indiana officially outlaws “Sanctuary Campuses”

By Andrew Pillow

When President Trump came to power he made it clear that he intended to honor his campaign promise to get tough on immigration by issuing an executive order. Shortly after the order was issued, many universities and schools concerned about the adverse effects of the order immediately released statements condemning the order and pledges of non-cooperation. Local schools may now find it more difficult to make such pledges.

Indiana has officially outlawed “Sanctuary campuses” which are colleges and universities that pledge not to cooperate with immigration authorities. The bill Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law bans institutions from intentionally not sharing the immigration status of their students with authorities.

Schools that do make such a pledge will face a civil suit from the state and a court could enjoin the institution.

It’s worth noting that although many Indiana schools have expressed their displeasure with the executive order, none have formally declared themselves to be a sanctuary campus.

This law piggy-backs a 2011 Indiana law that bans cities from becoming "sanctuary cities".

Read more here. (WFYI)


Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.