Fliers urge Texas State students to report undocumented immigrants

Texas State University, Old Main Building (KXAN Photo/Lauren Lanmon)
Texas State University, Old Main Building (KXAN Photo/Lauren Lanmon)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The president of Texas State University says maintenance crews spent some of Wednesday morning removing fliers around campus calling for people to report undocumented immigrants. President Denise Trauth says the fliers were placed all over campus.

The fliers also listed the phone number to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as their website to submit tips. The bottom of the flier reads: “We are entering an era of law and order in this country. Do your part to make such a change for the good!”

“It’s horrible, I think it ostracizes students and definitely attempts to marginalize students in a certain way,” said Texas State student Andrew Wallace-Bradley.

Laura Landin Vega, a fellow student, said, “I’m scared actually, I’m scared for my friends too, I have friends that are immigrants.”

In a letter to faculty, staff and students, Trauth says “The university, following current law, does not and will not report undocumented immigrants to authorities.”

Flier found around Texas State University on Dec. 7, 2016.
Flier found around Texas State University on Dec. 7, 2016.

“As a matter of law there is nothing that compels the university to do that,” said Texas State spokesperson Matt Flores. “The university does not and will not report undocumented immigrants.”

According to Flores, the university does not keep track of undocumented students. “We are not in the business of doing what the U.S. Immigration officials are supposed to be doing.”

Flores follows up by saying the university will follow the law and if there is a warrant or subpoena for an undocumented student, they will cooperate with authorities.

A few weeks ago, a petition circulated on campus calling for a sanctuary status on campus to protect students and staff who are undocumented immigrants. The petition asks the university to guarantee students privacy by refusing to release information regarding the immigration status of students, staff or university community members.

However, the university says Wednesday morning’s tweet does not reflect on their views of becoming a sanctuary campus. “We will not and there is no movement in the direction of seeking the declaration. The president has made that very clear,” said Flores.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned he will cut funding to any state college campus that establishes sanctuary status. Texas State said they would not declare itself a sanctuary campus because of legal ramifications.

Last month, fliers circulated around campus calling for vigilante squads to tar and feather university leaders. The university considered the fliers to be criminal activity.