Texas State University: Illegal Immigrants ‘Will Not Be Reported’

TSU president defies Gov. Abbott's pledge to crack down on 'sanctuary campuses'

After fliers were allegedly posted throughout the Texas State University campus urging people to report illegal aliens, President Denise M. Trauth says the public college will not do so.

Trauth, the Texas State president, said on Wednesday that the fliers have been removed and that the university will not report illegal immigrants to federal authorities.

“Texas will not tolerate sanctuary campuses or cities. I will cut funding for any state campus if it establishes sanctuary status.”

She sent an email to all students, faculty and employees Wednesday.

Trauth said “current law” allows Texas State to stay mum on students or employees they know to be illegal immigrants.

Therefore, Trauth said, the university “does not and will not” report illegal immigrants.

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Trauth is perhaps headed to an unpleasant political confrontation with the Texas governor and the legislature. Texas State is a public university with 39,000 students, and it has campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock.

On Dec. 1, responding to a tweet that Texas State students wanted to make the campuses “sanctuaries” for illegal aliens, Gov. Abbott was clearly irked.

“Texas will not tolerate sanctuary campuses or cities. I will cut funding for any state campus if it establishes sanctuary status,” Abbott wrote in a tweet.

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It’s not the first time fliers have raised the issue on campus.

After President-Elect Donald Trump won the White House on Nov. 8, Trauth sent a message in the form of a post-holiday open letter to students, employees, and faculty.

Trauth said the university will provide an “academically vital, safe, and sacred space that promotes civility, dialogue, discussion, debate, and the free and unfettered exchange of ideas, opinions, thoughts, and theories.”

The letter was spurred by numerous messages and letters sent to Trauth that expressed a “range of conflicting emotions that were battling for my attention. My heart felt deeply sad to read and hear that members of our campus community not only question their safety but also question whether I am concerned about their safety.”

Trauth did not mention President-Elect Donald Trump and his successful election, but she did mention that a deluge of letters to her office have come in following the election, claiming students suddenly felt the campus was unsafe.

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Scaring these trembling Texan students were so-called “vigilante” posters placed around the San Marcos campus after the presidential election.

The posters were allegedly placed around campus and read, “Now that our man [Donald Trump] is elected and Republicans own both the senate and the house – time to organize tar and feather vigilante squads and go arrest and torture those deviate [sic] university leaders spouting off all this diversity garbage.”

Texas State officials were not amused. They said the posters constituted a criminal act and police would look into who posted them. Anti-Trump students then took the opportunity to call for the 39,000-student Texas State campus to become a sanctuary campus for illegal immigrants.

Trauth said in her letter that she would consider it.

“I have become aware of a growing national movement to support the needs of immigrant students and a petition that is circulating at our University,” Trauth wrote. “I am reviewing these initiatives and determining what the University’s role should be.”

Perhaps Trauth should also review the governor’s tweets.

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