California University’s “Sanctuary” Policy a Threat to Federal Funding

FILE - In this July 17, 2007 file photo, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Judiciary hearing on the prosecution of Jose Alonso Compean and Ignacio Ramos, two former Border Patrol agents imprisoned for shooting a drug smuggler in the backside as he sprinted toward Mexico. Rohrabacher's suggestion Friday, June 10, 2011, during a trip to Baghdad, that Iraq repay the United States for the money it has spent in the country has stirred anger, with an Iraqi lawmaker ridiculing the idea as "stupid" and others saying Iraqis should be compensated for the hardships they've endured. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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Congressman Dana Rohrabacher last week warned UC President Janet Napolitano that the system’s sanctuary campus polices could jeopardize federal funding for research.

The Costa Mesa Republican denounced a recent announcement from UC that campus police would not be cooperating with federal officials in deportation efforts of undocumented immigrants.

“Your commitment to spending scarce resources to finance people illegally present in the United States is unacceptable and a flagrant misuse of taxpayer money,” Rohrabacher wrote. “This is an insult to Americans and legal immigrants who pay your salary.”

While sanctuary policies align with the state’s liberal lean, one of the main policy reasons supporters turn to is that by creating a space where deportation is off the table, undocumented immigrants are more likely to cooperate with police in other investigations.

“It is in the best interest of all members of the UC community to encourage cooperation with the investigation of criminal activity,” according to the UC statement. “To encourage such cooperation, all individuals, regardless of their immigration status, must feel secure that contacting or being addressed by UC police officers will not automatically lead to an immigration inquiry and/or a risk of removal.”

The UC system gets more than half of its research funding from the federal government, which Rohrabacher claimed is jeopardized by resistance to the upcoming administration.

“I assure you that, in the next session of Congress, those who receive and spend federal dollars in a manner that includes people illegally present in our country will find it difficult to obtain those funds,” Rohrabacher wrote.

The issue of sanctuary campuses is a small part of a bigger showdown between California and President-elect Donald Trump. While Trump campaigned heavily on a tough stance on immigration — which included mass deportation and the construction of a wall along the country’s southern border — California Democrats have since announced their intention to fight those efforts at every turn.

Though Rohrabacher initially supported a different candidate in the Republican primary, he eventually came around to Trump with a full-throated endorsement, even going so far as to call other Republicans “gutless” who backed away from Trump at times of turmoil. His name was even floated as a potential candidate for secretary of state, although he was not chosen.

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  1. My questions is why are illegal aliens enrolled in UC schools in the first place.

    • “My questions is why are illegal aliens enrolled in UC schools in the first place.?”

      Borderless world advocacy.
      A scheme to redistribute of wealthier societies resources to members of poorer one.

  2. retiredxlr8r says

    Immigration is the prevue of the Federal Government, NOT the States!
    Therefore, any thing other than complete cooperation should result in the flow of Federal dollars into the UC system should be stopped.
    And just why in the world are illegals even on campus?

  3. A GOOD question Tremors! I hope Trump/Sessions shuts off the money spigot to the Kalifornia groups that have “sanctuary” any where in their makeup.

    • They have been getting away with it for 8 yrs. —Good grief BHO is not a natural-born -citizen -that I know of and he’s getting away with millions and millions of our dollars isn’t he?

  4. Sorry, I meant “retiredxlr8r”

  5. SANCTUARY CITIES (schools) are breaking the law. Every time a person that BROKE INTO the Country is allowed to stay another person that gained entry by waiting in (on) line is the one that loses. Liberals feel “good about Themselves” for allowing (supporting) what We previously called “Illegal Aliens” to stay and get “freebees” that legals and Veterans do not receive. From what I have learned illegals are listed as Californians and the tuition is cheaper than it is for “out of State” students.
    Liberalism is a mental disorder and selective memory is a symptom.

  6. They give in-state tuition to the illegals. Don’t hold your breath expecting them to do anything about the problem…. but they’ll scream mightily should DT turn off the federal money.

  7. Finally! Someone to denounce the actions of far-left Democrats for violating the law.

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