Students and faculty are demanding that the University of Pittsburgh declare itself a sanctuary campus despite a legislative proposal that would cut funding to public universities that refuse to comply with federal law.
According to The Pitt News, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill on February 7, SB 10, that would withhold funding from state institutions that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws. A related bill applying the same principle to institutions of higher learning, HB 14, is currently making its way through the House.
Pitt receives about seven percent of its total budget from state funds, and will receive roughly $147 million of the commonwealth’s 2017-’18 budget.
Two other Pennsylvania universities have declared their campuses sanctuary campuses—Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. Both institutions are private, so do not rely on state or federal funding is not a concern, but for Pennsylvania’s state-related universities, including Pitt and Pennsylvania State University, refusing to comply with federal law could have more serious consequences.
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