Indiana Bans Sanctuary Campuses

Editorial credit: Chuck W Walker /

We missed this when it happened last month, but we thought it was important enough to tell you about.

The state of Indiana is leading the way in an effort to combat the rampant lawbreaking that is happening on many college campuses across America. Recently, the state legislature took up the problem of “sanctuary campuses,” these are colleges that protect their law-breaking students by refusing to comply with federal laws or with immigration officials. Indiana had already banned “Sanctuary cities” way back in 2011 (thanks Vice President Pence) but with activist colleges growing more and more bold the legislature felt the need to step in and remind its citizens that NO ONE is above the law – not even colleges.

The Indiana Senate Tuesday voted to send legislation to Gov. Eric Holcomb that would mandate public and private colleges to comply with the enforcement of federal immigration laws.The vote was 38-10.

Indiana law already requires cities to cooperate with immigration officials, so the new inclusion of higher education institutions would mean the state can have neither sanctuary cities nor sanctuary campuses.

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“Whatever the law is, we all get to follow it,” said state Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, who co-authored the bill. “This is a country of laws, and nobody is more special or more unique than someone else in government.”

Any college refusing to comply with the state’s demand could lose their state funding, something any college would be terrified to lose. While no Indiana college had yet declared itself a “sanctuary campus,” protests and demonstrations supporting such action had been growing more numerous and frequent. Indiana University, Notre Dame, and Ball State University had all seen several high-profile demonstrations in recent months and school leaders had been experiencing mounting pressure from their activist populations. Now, the decision is out of their hands, unless students are willing to see their schools suffer harsh consequences.

Indiana’s Governor signed the bill into law earlier this month:

Indiana has officially outlawed so-called sanctuary campuses, colleges and universities that pledge they won’t share anyone’s immigration status with federal authorities.

A bill signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb bans higher education institutions from officially pledging non-cooperation with immigration authorities. If one does, the state would be able to file a civil suit and a court could enjoin the institution.

It remains to be seen if other states will follow Indiana’s lead and force their schools to abide by state and federal law (which honestly, if something is a law shouldn’t there already be consequences for disobeying)? Hopefully, we’ll soon see other states following their lead. 🇺🇸

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