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News & Notes: Ivy League institutions respond to campus sanctuary movement

Some Ivy League universities have announced their stances in relation to the “campus sanctuary” movements across many college campuses across the nation.

These announcements come after President-elect Donald Trump’s statement in favor of repealing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. This executive action, implemented in 2012, protects undocumented students from deportation.


University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 announced that the University will not serve as a “campus sanctuary,” but that the University will neither actively cooperate with the enforcement of this policy nor prevent the federal government from its enforcement.

Harvard University president Drew Faust issued her stance over the “campus sanctuary” movements occurring on various college campuses.

“Our responsibility to each other requires us to demonstrate that we are enriched by difference and respectful disagreement, and to support any individuals in our community who feel vulnerable or unsafe,” Faust said in an email to the Harvard community last week.

Columbia University announced last Monday that the university would serve as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, and in an email to University members, announced that the university would prevent investigation from immigration officials lacking subpoena and a justifiable warrant.

Cornell University’s interim president Hunter Rawlings GS ’70 announced the University’s commitment to serve as a campus sanctuary, adding in an email that “Cornell stands and will continue to stand with every Cornellian.”

Dartmouth University president Phil Hanlon joined more than 90 other university presidents and chancellors, including Eisgruber, in signing a document in support of DACA, explaining that the college will continue its efforts in protecting undocumented students.


Brown University is located in Providence, R.I., which has no sanctuary laws of its own, and while students and members of the faculty have expressed desire to make the university a sanctuary, Brown University’s president Christina Paxson stated that Brown cannot “offer legal sanctuary from members of law enforcement or Immigration and Customs Enforcement” in an op-ed in The Brown Daily Herald.

Yale University administrators have not announced the university’s stance to the changes in DACA, but New Haven Mayor Toni Harp announced Friday that the city will remain a sanctuary city, in which the city is committed to protecting undocumented residents.

The University of Pennsylvania, also the alma mater for president-elect Trump, will not allow immigration authorities on campus without warrant, according to university president Amy Gutmann.

"The University of Pennsylvania will not allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) / Customs and Border Protection (CBP) / U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on our campus unless required by warrant," Gutmann's statement said. "Further, the university will not share any information about any undocumented student with these agencies unless presented with valid legal process."

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