Are Public Schools Sovereign?

The answer is no, they are not.  But you wouldn’t know it based on the CSU’s recent memo advising students that they should call campus police if they are approached by immigration authorities.

From The San Diego Union-Tribune:

“I think the chancellor’s statement was just a re-enforcement of the values of the California State University system,” he said.


White’s statement wasn’t the first of its kind. San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten recently sent an e-mail to families saying people should refer any immigration officials seen at schools to campus police, and that disruptive immigration raids would not be allowed.

Well color me confused…

I think the “re-enforcement of values” statement says it all — this is really about letting the students feel all warm and fuzzy about how the administration is with them.  In spirit, anyway.  If federal immigration agents actually show up on campus I don’t think there’s anything school officials can do about it.  If you have questions, see the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution.

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