Texas Gov: Sanctuary Campuses Will Lose State Funding

December 3, 2016


Texas Gov. Greg Abbot says the state will cut off funding to any public school that declares itself a “sanctuary campus” for illegal immigrants.

Abbot made the announcement Thursday via Twitter, in response to a petition effort in the state by students seeking to have their universities protect illegal immigrants. Abbott made it clear such a move wouldn’t fly in Texas.

Following Donald Trump’s election victory, thousands of students around the country held classroom walkouts in which they called on administrators to declare their campuses havens for illegal immigrants. Several public colleges have already answered the call, including the University of California and California State University. Generally, these campuses have promised that their police forces won’t cooperate with any federal efforts to enforce immigration law, and that student records won’t be turned over to the government without a specific court order. Some schools have also pledged to ban immigration enforcement officials from campus unless they possess a warrant.

It isn’t clear how much funding Abbott could personally cut off, without obtaining support from the state legislature. Abbott previously pledged to ban sanctuary cities in Texas, and claims he has cut some state funding to them, but The Dallas Morning News disputes that claim, saying state money has yet to be truly cut off. If Abbott needs the legislature’s backing, he will have to wait until the upcoming 2017 legislative session

20 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • John Wirts says:

    I say any public school that teaches contrary to U.S. law and declares itself a snactuary school. Immedately is cut off from all public funding. The staff and faculity loose their public employee status, and only their deposit into the public employee retirement will be refunded. The school will be offered for sale and a private corporation will have to buy it to operate it. No public funds will be invested in it. No research grants, no public scholarships or loans of any type. To get public grants, scholarships, or loans schools will have to teach and support the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, The Bill of Rights, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the U.S. FLAG!

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    …cut off funding??

    W T F ? Harboring illegal aliens is illegal! Arrest the Mayors and all involved!

    8 U.S. Code § 1324 – Bringing in and harboring certain aliens


    (a) Criminal penalties
    (A) Any person who—
    (i) knowing that a person is an alien, brings to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever such person at a place other than a designated port of entry or place other than as designated by the Commissioner, regardless of whether such alien has received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States and regardless of any future official action which may be taken with respect to such alien;
    (ii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law;
    (iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;
    (iv) encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law; or
    (I) engages in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts, or
    (II) aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts,
    shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).
    (B) A person who violates subparagraph (A) shall, for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs—
    (i) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i) or (v)(I) or in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), or (iv) in which the offense was done for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain, be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both;
    (ii) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both;
    (iii) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) during and in relation to which the person causes serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of title 18) to, or places in jeopardy the life of, any person, be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both; and
    (iv) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) resulting in the death of any person, be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined under title 18, or both.

  • Larry says:

    These students and administrators are totally beyond their rights. We pay for the schools with taxes, and they seldom work or pay taxes. Illegals have no rights and should be made aware of their position by paying the consequences.

  • James in Texas says:

    I believe that a so-called sanctuary city is fully against both Federal and State laws. No one has the right to pick & choose which laws they want to obey. Defund all of them, arrest them, try them before the appropriate court and, if found guilty, send them to the provided “Safe Space”!

    1. John Wirts says:

      Correct, impound all state and federal revenues slated to go to them. Pull all state and federal offices outside the sanctuary zone. Including Sheriff, State Police, Highway Patrol, FBI, State and Federal Prisons , State and Federal Courts, Amtrak, FAA , U.S. Weather Service, and all U.S. Postal Services. Sanctuary Zones would have to travel to a post office for GENERAL DELIVERY outside the Sanctuary. BART is questionable as it is a reagional transet system and I would defer to U.S. Court to decide from outside the sanctuary.

      1. James in Texas says:

        What really needs to happen is the SCOTUS must be brought around to being fully about the Rule of Law and having only the right to judge on the Constitution. Which means we must have at least 6 Conservatives, all solid about our Constitution. Most of these Federal agencies do not have even the “right” to exist as they are not mentioned in our Constitution. And the Constitution clearly states that “that which is not given to the government, remain to the states” my words, not completely correct! The recent SCOTUS has found itself as not only the “highest court in the land”, but also the judge, congress and conscience of the land!

        1. John Wirts says:

          That is correct all politicians have taken an oath touphold and defend the Constitution. The Supreme Court’s job is to interperate new laws to make SURE they uphold the Constitution”s mandates. NOT ADHERE TO CONSTASNTLY CHANGING INTERNATIONAL LAWS. Most of which have no provision for freedom of speech, religion, from search and seasure or the right to freedom of religion or to keep and bear arms. These freedoms scare dictatorialleftists to death!

          1. James in Texas says:

            I have for many years searched the Constitution to find the area that says “All elected representatives shall be allowed to lie to the people to get elected and then work to enrich themselves while failing the Oath” they had taken with a hand on the Bible! TERM LIMITS, Now!

          2. John Wirts says:

            If Republicans get in and start to control the senate and house of representatives, then the DEAMONCRATS WILL INSIST ON TERM LIMITS, but of course not for them!

          3. James in Texas says:

            The “so-called” Democrat position is…..”Sit down, Shut-up, Do what we tell you to do because we are “Perfect”, just ask us”! It has been so much fun watching the Dem’s having a meltdown! TERM LIMITS, Now!

  • itsfun says:

    Liberals have the idea they can pick and choose which laws they want to obey. Every state should do what Texas is doing. I saw this morning that there is a bill in Georgia to do the same thing.

  • Jose says:

    Just do a better job of verifying that any state aid is being provided only to “citizens” (does not include daca, dapa, caca, whatever) that would not only eliminate unnecessary costs but would provide more aid for our “citizens”. “We, the people (meaning citizens) need to back up our governor and stop any contributions being made to a “sanctuary” city/school/college/etc.

  • southernraised says:

    The remaining 49 state governors should follow this governor’s lead!

    1. Rick says:

      Great Idea but need to cut federal funding also! By the way you kill two birds with one stone You not only send a message to the idiots that run those universities but it’s hell of a fast way to cut the $20 Billion federal Debit!

  • GrizzMann says:

    It is time that those that receive State aid follow the law. If not cut their funding.
    I’m sure they could raise their tuition to cover the loss. Then they would be free to teach how well socialism works.

    1. used_to_be_a_liberal says:

      Yup, and give them a taste of how real socialism works, send in the cops, I C E, or who ever else, round up the illegals, arrest those who provided sanctuary, and tell them it is all about the “collective”

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