Michigan State University unveiled a new website earlier this month to provide assistance to â€œundocumented students, refugees,â€ and DACA recipients with a goal to â€œreduce apprehension.â€
The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives of the East Lansing-based school announced the launch of the â€œUndocumented Student Resourcesâ€ microsite on Jan. 24.
An internal memo obtained by The Morning Watch, an independent conservative student newspaper at the campus, states that the new website was created to â€œprovide information and resources for undocumented students, refugees and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.â€
DACA was created in 2012 by then-President Barack Obama by executive fiat after Congress refused to approve legislation authorizing it. Since its inception, the program has shielded from deportation 700,000 or more individuals who were brought to the United States as minors, and has become a flashpoint in American politics.
President Donald Trump tried to shut down DACA but was rebuffed by the federal courts. The Supreme Court heard the Trump administrationâ€™s challenge to the program on Nov. 12, 2019, but has yet to issue a ruling.
â€œMSU recognizes that students, staff and faculty with mixed-immigration status often face barriers and challenges as they navigate campus policies requiring support services to address their unique needs,â€ the memo states.
â€œOur goal is to reduce apprehension, confusion, and make more transparent our resources for those who live, learn and work at Michigan State or desire admission to MSU.â€
The word â€œapprehension,â€ in the context of illegal aliens, generally refers to the arrest or detention of those suspected of violating U.S. immigration laws.
MSU spokesperson Emily Gerkin Guerrant didnâ€™t immediately respond to requests by The Epoch Times for comment about the website.
A conservative student leader on campus was upset about the creation of the microsite.
â€œI am sickened to my stomach that my money is going to the education of those who broke the law,â€ Sam Larey, president of the MSU chapter of Turning Point USA, told The Morning Watch.
â€œBy aiding undocumented aliens, we spit in the face of immigrants who followed our laws.â€
In the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the microsite, the university indicates that it doesnâ€™t honor detainer documents or administrative warrants from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):
â€œAn ICE detainer serves to advise another law enforcement agency that ICE seeks custody of an individual for further investigation or removal from the U.S. An ICE detainer is a request from ICE and not a court order. State and local law enforcement, including the [campus police], are not obligated to enforce ICE detainers.â€
The FAQ also says the campus police department has no cooperation agreement with ICE, that it â€œoperates with the premise that it is the responsibility of the federal government to enforce federal immigration law, not local police departments.â€