The Sanctuary Working Group, which bills itself as a collective of “undocumented and international students, allied students, and faculty and staff,” said it was “working with faculty, staff and administration across the university to address deficits in creating a sanctuary campus” for illegal immigrants “affected by racist and anti-immigrant policies and everyday practices” on campus.
On the “sanctuary” report card, SWG judges how much support the university or college provides for illegal immigrants in 15 different categories, such as financial aid, free housing, legal support, mental health, DACA support, and denying requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other government agencies.
In each category, schools were given an A for “substantial measures taken,” a B for “half-measures taken,” and the lowest score being a C for “inadequate measures or no measures taken.”
The New School, where the group is located, received the lowest mark for the majority of the scorecard and was the only school to receive a lower grade on DACA signatory for signing up late. The group graded 11 other schools, including the University of California, Los Angeles, which received the highest grades overall.
Despite pressure from SWG and its 16 points toward a sanctuary campus, the New School doesn’t identify as a sanctuary campus.
“The university supports free expression by members of our community and their right to form groups around common interests,” a New School spokeswoman told Fox News in a statement.
In the beginning of the school year, SWG partnered with the Dream Team to build a Dia de los Muertos altar in the Social Justice Hub “to draw attention to the lack of commitment to sanctuary from the administration,” and most recently, in March, organized a petition “in support for student of color-only space” on campus.