Federal immigration officials should leave undocumented college students alone, according to one liberal-leaning campus organization at Florida State University.
About ten members of the FSU group Students for a Democratic Society rallied on campus midday Monday, calling on students to vote to make the university a sanctuary campus during the school’s upcoming student government election.
Sanctuary university campuses typically commit to never work with federal immigration authorities, when they may be looking for a student.
The group also wants to make sure those in the United States illegally get to maintain in-state tuition rates as well as student financial aid.
The FSU student government election is Feb. 22.
If students do vote to create a sanctuary campus, Students for a Democratic Society Secretary Cea Moline says it will send a strong message to university administration to implement the policy, whether they want to or not.
“FSU students who go here are part of the FSU family. We, as students, must protect everyone who goes here,” said Moline.
While some want to make the Tallahassee university a sanctuary campus, just down the road at the state capitol, legislation has been filed to crack down on sanctuary campuses and cities.
Known as the "Rule of Law Adherence Act," the bill would punish local governments and universities that do not enforce federal deportation orders.
The legislation has yet to be scheduled for a House or Senate committee hearing.