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Constitution Campus Clearinghouse


Constitution Campus Information Clearinghouse


In response to the election of Donald J. Trump, who has variously promised to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and deport or incarcerate all undocumented persons present in the United States, students and others have called on campuses across the country to provide some form of campus “sanctuary.” The Constitution Campus Information Clearinghouse is intended to gather information about what a sanctuary policy could contain, and address policy and legal arguments pertaining to various sanctuary provisions. For inquiries, please contact Professor Chris Lasch or Professor César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

Legal, Social, and Political History of Sanctuary

J. H. Baker, The English Law of Sanctuary 2 The Ecclesiastical Law Journal 8 (January 1990)

Pirie, Sophie H. (1990) “The Origins of a Political Trial: The Sanctuary Movement and Political Justice,” Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities: Vol. 2: Iss. 2, Article 7

Comment, Sanctuary the Legal Institution in England, 10 U. Pugent Sound L. Rev. 677 (1987)

Karl Shoemaker, Sanctuary and Crime in the Middle Ages

Linda Rabben, Sanctuary and Asylum, A Social and Political History (2016)

Memorandum from Theodore B. Olson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, to Deputy Attorney General, Church Sanctuary for Illegal Aliens (Oct. 31, 1983)

History of “Sanctuary” Campuses

The ConversationWhat’s the history of sanctuary spaces and why do they matter? (12/13/2016)

Léopold Lambert, The University as a Sanctuary: The Architecture of Our Own Bastions (November 24, 2016)

Victor Silverman, Miguel Tinker Salas & Gilda Ochoa, Sanctuary Center of Higher Education: Background, Definition, and Proposal

Kyla Bills, Tracing the History of Student Activism & Why It’s So Important Today

Alia Wong, The Renaissance of Student Activism, The Atlantic (May 21, 2015).

The Nation, A Graphic History of Student Activism (Jan. 27, 2012)

Legal and Policy Considerations

Dēmos & LatinoJustice, Sanctuary, Safety and Community

American Council on Education, Post-Election Q&A Issue Brief

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Sensitive Locations Policy

National Immigration Law Center, Model Campus Safety Zone Regulation

Sanctuary City Statements

McMinnville, Oregon, “Inclusive City” Declaration

State College, Pennsylvania, Resolution on Immigration Enforcement

Santa Ana, California, Sanctuary Declaration

President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

1/25/17 Executive Order, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

1/25/17 Executive Order, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

1/27/17 Executive Order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

Litigation Responses to President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse Materials

Washington Attorney General sues President Trump to block executive order

Lawsuit filed by the American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and National Immigration Project

Responses of the Academic Community to President Trump’s Executive Order of January 27, 2017 (Ordered Alphabetically)

American Association of University Professors Stand Against the Muslim Ban

Association of American Universities Statement

American Association of University Professors Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty in the Wake of the 2016 Election

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Statement

International Higher Education Consulting Blog’s List of College and University Statements

National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Statement

Map of Constitution Campus Efforts


Student Petitions

University of Denver

Emory University

Brown University

DU and Denver Area Community Resources

CCWG’s Resources Guide

DU’s Principles of Protection and Support

Chancellor’s Response to the 1/27/17 EO

Statement by the Department of Education at DU

DU Resources Related to Executive Order on Immigration Ban

Additional Resources for Non-Citizens

Sanctuary campus Resources (compiled by Northeastern Law Prof. Rachel Rosenbloom and law student Alyssa Telander)

Penn State Law School Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Immigration After the Election

AAUP’s Sanctuary Campus Day of Action Guide

Harvard University Undocumented at Harvard

Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility Guidance

Immigrant Defense Project ICE Raids Toolkit

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