The student government at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ voted down a sanctuary campus proposal in an anonymous vote last week.

Had it passed, the SGA proposal would have proposed to the university administration that the campus be designated as a sanctuary campus for refugees and immigrants as well as push that they refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials, give in-state tuition to DACA students, and “refuse ICE physical access to all land owned or controlled by the university.”

The bill’s sponsor Wellington Gomez called the anonymous vote “cowardly.”

“I thought the secret vote was very cowardly,” he told The Montclarion. “If you are so passionate about the vote and you feel good about the vote, why do it in secret? This was our chance to protect undocumented students.”

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Gomez also partially blames the vote results on President Susan Cole for her lack of support for sanctuary campuses. She has reportedly been outspokenly supportive of illegal immigrants in the past but warned against making Montclair a sanctuary campus due to the threat of losing federal grants.

(H/T Campus Reform)

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