Bill to make sanctuary universities illegal moves forward in Indiana

Feb 21, 2017 by

Students across the state have pushed for universities to become sanctuary universities, but no schools have made the move

An Indiana Senate committee approved a measure Tuesday to make “sanctuary universities” illegal in Indiana — a move that would prohibit universities from admitting undocumented immigrants with some exceptions.

Those who were protected under former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program will still be allowed at universities under Senate Bill 423. But if President Donald Trump repeals that program, Indiana universities would no longer be able to allow undocumented immigrants to attend.

The bill’s passage through Corrections and Criminal Law committee on a 6-2 party-line vote came  as the Department of Homeland Security  issued a sweeping set of orders Tuesday to implement President Trump’s plan to increase immigration enforcement. The memos instruct all agents to identify, capture and quickly deport every undocumented immigrant they encounter.

Trump left DACA untouched for now. Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said Tuesday that those deportation protections for about 750,000 undocumented immigrants would continue to be honored.

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