INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawmakers have voted to send the governor a bill banning so-called sanctuary campuses in Indiana.
The measure bars higher education institutions that accept federal or state dollars from adopting the designation. The Indiana Senate approved the measure 38-10.
The move is largely symbolic because Indiana has no sanctuary campuses. Schools including Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame and Ball State University have faced pressure from students and faculty members but haven’t taken action.
Sanctuary campuses adopt policies to protect students who are undocumented immigrants.
Bill author Republican Sen. Mike Young of Indianapolis argues government entities shouldn’t be able to pick and choose which laws to follow, warning that it would be a dangerous precedent to set.
The pro-sanctuary movement comes from concerns about the fate of students who are unauthorized immigrants.
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