Horowitz Freedom Center Targets 11 Southern California Schools with Posters Opposing “Sanctuary Campuses”
Freedom Center Calls for the Withdrawal of Federal Grants and Prosecution of University Administrators who Refuse to Uphold Federal Immigration Law
The David Horowitz Freedom Center is putting up the posters that are appearing on the campuses of 11 Southern California schools in the UC and Cal State system. These posters are part of a national campaign targeting university administrators who flagrantly break federal immigration law by supporting “sanctuary campuses.”
“This ‘sanctuary movement’ is a concerted effort by left-wing administrations in major American cities to undermine federal immigration law and cripple the efforts of the Department of Homeland security to protect American citizens from terrorist threats,” says David Horowitz, CEO of the Freedom Center. “Rather than having second thoughts about this movement, which has led, among other things, to murders and other crimes committed by the illegal immigrants to whom sanctuary cities give immunity and protection, the left has doubled down and is now working to spread this seditious movement from our cities to our colleges and universities.
Close to 30 campuses in the U.S. have already declared themselves “sanctuaries,” with dozens more now considering adopting this status as a result of an open “escalation campaign” by student groups attempting to undermine the Trump presidency, and in particular its efforts to secure America’s borders and deport criminals who have entered the country illegally.
The Freedom Center’s campaign demands a withdrawal of federal grants from universities that embrace this seditious principle. It also calls for the prosecution of those administrators like UC President Janet Napolitano and Cal State Chancellor Timothy P. White, who have implemented measures that prohibit campus authorities from cooperating with federal immigration officials and enforcing existing federal laws. The Freedom Center will press this case with legislators in the states where sanctuary campuses are located and particularly to those sitting on Higher Education committees.
“The growing movement for sanctuary campuses is not just another fad in the 'social justice' agenda sweeping higher education,” says Freedom Center CEO David Horowitz. “It has direct and serious implications for national security. Would a sanctuary campus forbid the FBI and ICE from investigating a student suspected of terrorist activities, for instance? Would it prohibit these agencies from trying to find out what campus resources such a student had access to? Or the networks he or she had built in support of a possible terror plot? These are not far fetched scenarios given the support for Hamas and other radical Islamist groups that now exists among leftist political student groups throughout American higher education.”
The Freedom Center began its campaign opposing sanctuary campuses in the state of California - ground zero of the resistance to the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration and particularly criminal aliens. University of California president Janet Napolitano has taken the lead in appeasing immigration radicals. After awarding $5 million to enhance access to funding and other aid for the hundreds of illegal immigrants now attending UC schools, she prohibited campus police on the UC campuses from giving any cooperation to federal immigration officials.
That this attack on federal immigration law generated contempt for the law itself was clear last month when Berkeley immigration radicals prevented activist Milo Yiannopolous from speaking about the Freedom Center’s No Sanctuary Campuses campaign. The riot that ensued led to over $100,000 in property damage and to serious injuries for several bystanders the rioters attacked. No arrests were made.
“This is a situation that cannot be allowed to stand,” declared Horowitz. “If the illegal immigrant’s first act on American soil is to break U.S. law, these university administrators are extending that lawlessness into society’s most important intellectual institutions. Our campaign will galvanize trustees, alumni and attorneys general to take action against these administrators who are thwarting American law and will also make this case to the American public whose taxes underwrite most of these institutions.”