Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is vowing to make colleges and universities in his state pay a price if they do not enforce federal immigration laws.
Abbott, a Republican, made the announcement on Thursday, just three days after Abbott made the same promise regarding sanctuary cities.
“Texas will not tolerate sanctuary campuses or cities. I will cut funding for any state campus if it establishes sanctuary status,” Abbott tweeted.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 1, 2016
Students on college campuses across the country have protested the immigration policies of President-elect Donald Trump since he was elected. Dozens of college presidents signed onto a statement late last month calling on the federal government to continue Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, Inside Higher Education reported.
The federal program, started under President Barack Obama, makes it possible for more than 700,000 immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to remain here on a two-year work permit. Trump has said that, as president, he would end DACA.
Some higher learning institutions have even gone as far as to say they won’t comply with federal immigration laws, but instead make their campuses a place where illegal immigrants can be and not have to fear deportation, the Daily Caller reported. Federal law currently prohibits immigration officials from going onto college campuses unless there are extraordinary circumstances.
Texas State University is currently considered to be a “sanctuary campus.” The University of Texas-Austin and the University of North Texas are being petitioned to follow suit. Texas A&M University President Michael Young said Thursday before Abbott’s tweet was sent out that his school would not consider itself a sanctuary campus.
“It is our obligation, our passion, our goal to provide a supportive, safe environment for our students to thrive,” Young said, according to WFAA-TV. “There is nothing on the horizon that really jeopardizes that.”
(H/T: Daily Caller)