Sanctuary Campuses: The University’s Role in Protecting Undocumented Students From Changing Immigration Policies


Following the election of Donald Trump, students and professors across the country began mounting campaigns for their campuses to become “sanctuaries” for undocumented students. Their petitions varied in demands and language, but generally sought increased protections against immigration enforcement on campus, more financial support for undocumented students, and public rebukes of the new president’s announced immigration policies. This Comment explains how President Trump’s changes to immigration enforcement and attempt to rescind DACA have affected undocumented students, and proposes that the student-university relationship both legally permits and morally obligates postsecondary institutions to adopt policies that protect and insulate undocumented students from the harmful effects of these changing policies.

About the Author

J.D. Candidate, UCLA School of Law, 2019; B.A., Wellesley College, 2014.

By uclalaw