Colleges Declare Themselves 'Sanctuary Campuses'

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The election of Donald Trump has many on the left worried that they are about to witness a new era of harsh policies designed to crack down on people who live in the country without legal status. Now a growing movement is pressuring universities to declare themselves "sanctuary campuses," and declare they won't cooperate with federal immigration officials.

The push is generally initiated by students and faculty, but there are still a lot of questions about what that means on a practical level. Emily Dury covers education for The Atlantic, and wrote about the trend this week.

She said schools who have made the pledge can refuse to hand over information, but can only go so far.

"Schools could promise to be sanctuary campuses, but ultimately if somebody shows up with a warrant, for instance, the school doesn't necessarily have much authority to stand in their way if they're looking to identify a student for deportation, for instance," she said.

In this interview, WNYC's Jami Floyd talks with Dury about sanctuary campuses and the challenges they could face under a Trump administration.