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UTRGV faculty senate unanimously backs 'sanctuary campus' campaign

The Faculty Senate of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley unanimously passed a resolution Friday endorsing the idea of a sanctuary campus.

The Faculty Senate of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley unanimously passed a resolution Friday endorsing the idea of a sanctuary campus.

The resolution calls on administration to publicly declare itself an “all-inclusive” university to protect students regardless of race, religion, or immigration status.

“We as faculty do not want one person on this campus to have their rights taken away from them,” said David Anshen, an assistant professor and member of the Faculty Senate.

The resolution was passed in response to a recent petition signed by more than 1,500 students that asks President Guy Bailey to prohibit campus police or immigration authorities from asking students about immigration status.

Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted in opposition to “sanctuary campuses” Thursday vowing to cut state funding from any state institution that assumes a sanctuary status.

The Vice President of Young Republicans at UTRGV Jaime Garcia called the petition reckless.

“We could have stayed UTPA and UTB but we merged to get access to the funds that the bigger schools get here in Texas,” Garcia said.

The proponents of the petition plan to formally deliver it to administration on Tuesday.

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