New Georgia law strips state funding of ‘sanctuary’ campuses

Gov. Nathan Deal. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday signed a measure into law that would cut off state funding to Georgia colleges that declare themselves “sanctuary campuses” in defiance of President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.

The legislation is largely symbolic. House Bill 37 was introduced by House Republicans after Emory University and other colleges flirted with the “sanctuary” declaration. Since then, Emory and other Georgia higher education institutions have steered clear of the fight.

It faced stiff opposition from Democrats who argued it unfairly threatened students in Georgia who were granted special protections by the Obama administration and are not breaking the law.

Deal signed the measure on Thursday as part of a broader signing spree of education initiatives. He said it’s a signal from the state of Georgia “saying we’re going to enforce the law and we’re going to support the federal authorities who have a responsibility to enforce the law as well.”

Students and faculty from more than 100 universities from across the country have called on their administrators to declare themselves sanctuaries after Trump’s election, partly in hopes of helping “Dreamer” students who were granted a temporary reprieve from the threat of deportation by the Obama administration.

Trump has taken a hard-line approach to illegal immigration, vowing to build a wall and crack down on the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally.

Shortly after Trump’s election, the head of the state’s higher education system said it was “unacceptable” for public colleges to declare themselves a sanctuary. The legislation, sponsored by state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, would also threaten private institutions with a costly punishment: Emory receives tens of millions of state dollars each year for health services and tuition assistance grants.

Emory University President Claire Sterk told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution such a declaration is only “symbolically important” and warned it could hurt the school’s research and education funding.

And Agnes Scott College stopped short of becoming a “sanctuary” campus, though the Decatur private school’s president, Elizabeth Kiss, said it would continue to support students who have been granted temporary protection from deportation.

 

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Beverly Wilkerson
Beverly Wilkerson

I didn't think Georgia had any colleges that met the requirements.

Cecil Hickman
Cecil Hickman

I think the "key" word here is "declare", what about it they just go along with the nuts, why not put some teeth into the law, oh I forgot most of the legislators & senators are full time lawyers, part time legislators and senators

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Unconstitutional and why would we want any uneducated, insecure people living in Georgia. How would that benefit anyone at all?

Vickie Element
Vickie Element

If they're talking about santuary gor illegals,...do it Now!

Jackie Ray
Jackie Ray

Glad to see him make some type of Deal.

Gideon Joubert
Gideon Joubert

Why lose only some funding? Why not all funding?

Brandy Owenby Reyes
Brandy Owenby Reyes

How does an impeachment happen? This clown and his circus needs to go.

Kathy Palmer
Kathy Palmer

Who benefits from Sanctuary Campuses and Cities?

Jim Robinson
Jim Robinson

If you voted for trump,and think he is doing a good job, you have not been paying attention. Deal left congress under a cloud of ethics violations, then we have been stuck with him. Cant wait for next year.RESIST...

Rusty Burnham
Rusty Burnham

Snatch that money. Want to harbor illegals you pay the price....

James Prayor
James Prayor

Need to get him out of office election time for real we ain't forgot how he got an their in the first place

Brandy Tucker Lmt
Brandy Tucker Lmt

So Republicans of Georgia are attacking the residents of it's state? What kind of morons are they? Are they trying to cause the economy to come to a halt? Wtf?

Henry L. Howard
Henry L. Howard

This bill will not stand, the Supreme court just struck Trump bill down!

Brian Haulk
Brian Haulk

\U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f44d take your Sanctuary Crap to Comifornia!

Mike Pregon
Mike Pregon

All sanctuary " whatever " should lose all government funding and hopefully all private donations for breaking the law. All administrators should face prison time.

Felton Swicord
Felton Swicord

Yes, those pin-head leaders should be the first to be cuffed.

Bob Jones
Bob Jones

I'm sure the courts will find this unconstitutional, just like Trump's try to deny the cities of their dollars.

Carolyn Shorter
Carolyn Shorter

The colleges need to lose ALL their State funding.....not just part of it.....for being sanctuary campuses!!

Michelle Chambers
Michelle Chambers

Good. Sanctuary cities/campuses just harbor criminals and illegals

Steve Britt
Steve Britt

THEY SHOULD LOSE ALL FUNDING AND ACCREDITATION!

Felton Swicord
Felton Swicord

I'm betting the Liberal "Profs." at Emory will have a conniption.

Doug Cronic
Doug Cronic

Proud of governor Deal colleges now are Just a wast of money look at the stupid people in the liberal democrats party. Kids go to college to learn how to be stupid.

Madeleine Ramirez
Madeleine Ramirez

So then why all this controversy about this topic??? According to your logic, there's no use of a college education or degree because our children just go there to get less of an education. You, sir, are making no sense.

Doug Cronic
Doug Cronic

Madeleine look at all the rioting going on it 90 percent college students. I guess you're one of the liberal democrats that want or young adult to grow up being given everything free. You make no sense to me.

Ed Helton
Ed Helton

Can't wait until this one gets challenged in court.

Nathaniel Garrison
Nathaniel Garrison

Whites have been conditioned to believe that you all are entitled to everything... Sit down and be humble!

Nathaniel Garrison
Nathaniel Garrison

Since everyone has to go back to their native lands, we don't want to exclude so called whites, now that wouldn't be fair would it?

Terry L Wagnon
Terry L Wagnon

People really don't get sanctuary campuses. It is not what all of you are talking about. Campuses have been sanctuary campuses for years. I remember back in the 80's my college was. But of course I attended a Christian college and they did what the Bible taught us to do as Christians.

John Woods
John Woods

Did the Bible teach you to co-exist with people that want to Kill, Convert or Tax you?

Mary L. Gilbreath
Mary L. Gilbreath

The Bible says YOU help your neighbor, YOU be kind to widows and orphans, YOU! Not petition your government to do it!!

Mary L. Gilbreath
Mary L. Gilbreath

Val Larzelere ever heard of the New Testament? Jesus said love your neighbor, YOU love your neighbor. Not to petition your government to do it!

Cecelia Landress
Cecelia Landress

Students had to show they were in the USA legally to be admitted to schools. Private or public. If you had students there illegally, your school was breaking the law. It was not until around the last 15 years they stopped requiring this in the High Schools.