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Emory has no plans to be sanctuary campus, but pushes back on executive order

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Emory has no plans to be sanctuary campus, but pushes back on executive order

Main Quad on Emory University's primary Druid Hills Campus. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Main Quad on Emory University’s primary Druid Hills Campus, including the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the right. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Emory University’s president said Emory will not become a “sanctuary campus” for students affected by President Trump’s hard line stance on immigration, but she is going on record as being opposed to the president’s policies.

The university had been under pressure to declare itself as a sanctuary campus, but President Claire Sterk said that would be counterproductive, according to the “Emory Wheel” student newspaper.

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According to the paper, Sterk said declaring Emory a sanctuary campus “could have the collateral effect of reducing funding for teaching, education and research, directly harming our students, patients and the beneficiaries of our research.”

Meanwhile, Sterk has signed a letter along with other university presidents asking President Trump to roll back or rescind a controversial executive order. A federal judge ruled against the order, but the Trump administration signaled it will challenge the judge’s ruling, according to the New York Times. Trump’s order blocks people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days, and was initially interpreted to apply to green card holders.

“Throughout its history America has been a land of opportunity and a beacon of freedom in the world. It has attracted talented people to our shores and inspired people around the globe,” the letter says. “This executive order is dimming the lamp of liberty and staining the country’s reputation. We respectfully urge you to rectify the damage done by this order.”

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