UW-Madison students demand sanctuary campuses for immigrants

Resolution passed on Wednesday by the Associated Students of Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s student government has passed a resolution, demanding Chancellor Rebecca Blank and UW System President Ray Cross declare system schools sanctuary campuses for students, who entered the country illegally as minors.

The Associated Students of Madison passed the resolution Wednesday. It calls on Blank and Cross to issue the declaration before President-elect Donald Trump’s January 20 inauguration, saying Trump may start deporting immigrants who entered the country illegally as minors. 

The resolution says such a declaration would mean campuses wouldn’t release information to federal immigration authorities on deportation issues, federal authorities would be barred from visiting campuses to arrest students who entered the country illegally as minors, and campus police would be prohibited from working with federal immigration authorities.

UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas said in an email, Thursday, that Blank does not have the power to make such a declaration, and she must run the school within the constraints of federal and state law. A system spokeswoman said Cross was traveling, but system leaders would be watching what Trump does with immigration policy closely.

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