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American University president rejects call to become a ‘sanctuary campus’

In this Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 photo, supporters of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), demonstrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he will end protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children, but with a six-month delay, people familiar with the plans said. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By Sean Langille, The Washington Examiner

The president of American University on Tuesday rejected calls to become a “sanctuary” campus, but offered her support to students who could be affected by the Trump administration’s decision to rescind President Obama’s immigration initiative known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“While some presidents have declared their campuses as ‘sanctuaries,’ we agree with the findings of many other universities and respected immigration attorneys that asserting such a status would have no basis in the law,” American University President and former Health and Human Services Secretary under President Obama, Sylvia Burwell, said in e-mail to students obtained by the Washington Examiner Tuesday.

“The institution does not have the authority to exempt itself from federal immigration law. I share the concerns of others that claiming such status could be counterproductive, and could lead to greater risk for our students,” Burwell added.

The former Obama official stressed that she was optimistic for congressional action and pledged that the university’s police will not assist the federal government in immigration enforcement, unless required by law.

Read more on The Washington Examiner.

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