My goal is to focus this blog primarily on state legislation, but if a bill will affect Californians’ daily lives in a tangible way, I’ll encourage you to educate yourselves and call up your federal government! Today is one of those bills that’s been introduced in Washington but could have a major impact here in California if it becomes law.
- HR 483 by Duncan Hunter (CA-50) would prohibit the federal government from providing funding for federal student aid to universities that ‘violate immigration law.’
- Amends Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to deny funding to ‘sanctuary campuses.’
- Title IV funding is generally sources of federal financial aid: Pell Grants, National SMART Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG), direct loans, Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL), Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Perkins Loans, work-study (Source: Federal Student Aid)
- The bill defines ‘sanctuary campuses’ as a higher education institutions that:
- – have policies that prevent employees from sharing information about undocumented students with the federal government or that prevents federal agencies from accessing such information.
- – allow immigrants who are in violation of any federal immigration policies to receive residency benefits, such as education, or ‘harbors’ illegal immigrants.
- The bill would require the Department of Homeland Security to maintain a running list of ‘sanctuary campuses.’
- According to KPBS, the author of the bill, Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-50), and his staff consider the University of California sanctuary campuses.
- Here is the official text of the bill from the House of Representatives.
Who to call
- Your House of Representatives member. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, so giving your two cents to any member of that committee, or a representative from a contested 2018 California district will pack exceptional punch.
- LA Times
- Washington Post
- KPBS (this one is a great Q&A about the legal questions surrounding this bill)
- Washington Times
- East County Magazine