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Students Demand "Sanctuary" From Immigration Laws, Student Loan Debt, And Finals
12-05-2016, 11:31 PM,
Students Demand "Sanctuary" From Immigration Laws, Student Loan Debt, And Finals
Students Demand "Sanctuary" From Immigration Laws, Student Loan Debt, And Finals

<p><em><a href="">Submitted by Amber Athey ad Cabot Phillips via,</a></em></p>
<li>Students at George Washington University, site of a recent walkout to<strong> demand a &quot;sanctuary campus&quot; to protect illegal immigrant students, say they favor defiance of other federal laws, too.</strong></li>
<li>Several students said they would like to make the campus a <strong>&quot;sanctuary&quot; from student loan debt,</strong> while others favored exemptions from underage drinking laws.</li>
<li>Some students even felt they <strong>should be given a pass on final exams due to the stress of the election,</strong> explaining that &quot;it&rsquo;s really hard to focus on your studies when there&rsquo;s so much else going on.&rdquo;</li>
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<p>Students across the country are asking for their schools to be &ldquo;sanctuary campuses&rdquo; for undocumented students, <strong>meaning university administrators would ignore federal immigration law and refuse to share information about undocumented students with immigration officials.</strong></p>
<p><strong>Several schools have already declared themselves sanctuary campuses</strong>, including Portland State University, Reed College, and <a href="" target="_new">Columbia University</a>.</p>
<p>To find out more about what motivates students to support the sanctuary campus movement,<strong> Campus Reform <a href="" target="_new">visited George Washington University</a>, where many students participated in a pro-sanctuary walk-out several weeks ago.</strong></p>
<p>The students interviewed were overwhelmingly in favor of GW becoming a sanctuary campus, calling it a &ldquo;great thing,&rdquo; and claiming that <strong>undocumented students &ldquo;have a right to be going to this school&rdquo;</strong> because &ldquo;it&rsquo;s really important for students to feel safe while they&rsquo;re going to school.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Since the GW students were asking their administration to ignore federal law, Campus Reform asked if<strong> they wanted the campus to be a &ldquo;sanctuary&rdquo; from other laws, </strong>as well.</p>
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<p><em><strong>&ldquo;What about a sanctuary campus where student loan laws don&rsquo;t affect you here?&rdquo;</strong></em> Campus Reform asked.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Oh, absolutely,&rdquo; responded one student, while another agreed, saying, &ldquo;Yes, that&rsquo;d be cool.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Students were also on board with <strong>making GW a sanctuary campus from underage drinking laws,</strong> because students &ldquo;would feel safer&rdquo; if they could drink and go to parties without breaking the law.</p>
<p>&ldquo;I do agree with that one,&rdquo; declared one student.</p>
<p>&ldquo;Yeah, I think it [campus] should be a safe space for everybody,&rdquo; replied another, explaining,<strong> &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think anybody should be judged.&rdquo;</strong></p>
<p>Some students even went so far as to say that <strong>campus should be a safe space from final exams,</strong> given recent stress from the 2016 election.</p>
<p><strong>&ldquo;School&rsquo;s been really stressful especially after the Trump election,&rdquo;</strong> one student vented. &ldquo;Like, it&rsquo;s really hard to focus on your studies when there&rsquo;s so much else going on.&rdquo;</p>
<p>Throughout the day, <em><strong>Campus Reform spoke with just one student who refused to support the idea of ignoring federal laws on campus.</strong></em></p>
<p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t believe in harboring criminals,&rdquo; the student, who said he voted for Donald Trump, told Campus Reform. <em><strong>&ldquo;I think, it&rsquo;s against the law, we have to enforce federal law where it stands.&rdquo;</strong></em></p>

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