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UW-Madison chancellor can’t declare sanctuary

MADISON — University of Wisconsin-Madison officials say Chancellor Rebecca Blank doesn’t have the authority to declare the school a sanctuary for students who entered the country illegally.

The Associated Students of Madison passed a resolution Wednesday calling on Blank and UW System President Ray Cross to declare UW-Madison and all system schools sanctuaries for students who entered the country illegally before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The resolution explains that the declaration would mean the campuses wouldn’t work with federal immigration authorities on deportation issues and the schools would bar federal immigration authorities from visiting the campuses to make arrests.

UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas said in email Thursday that Blank doesn’t have the power to make such a declaration and she must run the school within the constraints of federal and state law. A system spokeswoman said Cross was traveling but system leaders would be watching what Trump does with immigration policy closely.


  • confused

    Smart enough to get into college but not smart enough to start the process of becoming legal? Get out then.

  • deletedagain

    Is the University of WI (a state run facility) harboring felons ? Are my tax dollars going to support felons?
    If the chancellor wants to provide sanctuary let him open his home and his bank account. If there are so many Americans that want to protect illegal aliens let them take the aliens into their home and sponsor them. The tax burden should not be paid by honest American citizens.

  • Eddy Myballsitch

    R. Blank should sponsor “Adopt an ” Illegal Beaner” program and let all of the Lefty’s keep one at their house!

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