Illegal immigration is one of the biggest problems that America faces. By most conservative estimates, there are at least 11 million illegal aliens currently living in this country. Between education, healthcare, and other government-funded benefits, our country spends over $100 billion per year taking care of them. That kind of spending is not only immoral but completely unsustainable, and something needs to be done about it quickly. 

Few issues trigger liberals more than illegal immigration. Unable to make the clear distinction between legal and illegal immigration, they label all those who oppose their radical ideas as “anti-immigrant xenophobes.” In the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s impressive victory over Hillary Clinton, many irate liberals on colleges campuses all across the country are now demanding that their campuses become sanctuaries for illegal aliens.

The University of Pennsylvania, for example, recently declared that it will not cooperate with federal immigration officials should they come to its campus. In an email to the entire student body, Amy Gutmann, the school’s president, said, “The University of Pennsylvania will continue to advocate passionately for comprehensive immigration reform.” In her view, illegal aliens deserve no less than blanket amnesty and a pathway to citizenship. She doesn’t believe that there should be any penalties for people who knowingly broke our laws.

No matter how you slice it, illegal aliens broke the law. Approximately 40% of them came here legally but overstayed their visas, but that is just as illegal as crossing the border without the proper status and documentation. No person who knowingly breaks the law and then tries to get away with it should ever be rewarded. Illegal aliens don’t deserve amnesty or a pathway to citizenship, and they shouldn’t be rewarded with taxpayer-subsidized healthcare or education, either.

Any school that tries to establish itself as a sanctuary for illegal aliens should be immediately stripped of its public funding. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize utter lawlessness that rewards illegal aliens for taking advantage of our country. 

Governor Greg Abbott of Texas agrees that sanctuary campuses should be defunded. This is not the first time that he has taken a bold stance on illegal immigration, either. On November 27, he announced on Twitter that he would be signing a bill banning sanctuary cities in Texas. 

There already are more than 300 so-called sanctuary cities in America that shield illegal aliens from deportation. Their lawlessness has led to the tragic deaths of countless innocent Americans, like Kate Steinle of San Francisco. On July 1, 2015, she was murdered by an illegal alien who had previously been deported five times. Our federal government has utterly failed to enforce the law and to permanently remove criminal illegal aliens from our streets. Sanctuary cities are a threat to the rule of law and to the safety and security of millions of Americans. Just like sanctuary campuses, they should be defunded.

Sanctuary campuses are a slap in the face to the millions of legal immigrants who have come to our shores over the years seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Legal immigrants are determined to work hard, follow the law, become American citizens, and achieve the American Dream. Illegal aliens, on the other hand, don’t believe that the same rules apply to them. They believe that they can openly flout our laws, jump in line ahead of those who came here the right way, and be rewarded for it. It is unfair that people can just cross the border illegally or overstay a visa and be completely absolved of any criminal wrongdoing.

Sanctuary campuses are also a slap in the face to the millions of well-qualified American citizens and legal immigrants who are denied the opportunity to attend college because admission quotas are reached before they can be admitted. It is wrong when illegal aliens can be admitted in their stead, and it is all the more ironic that many college students are fully in favor of turning their schools into sanctuaries for them. All of the college liberals who are protesting for sanctuary campuses should ask themselves, “Would I willingly give up my space to an illegal alien?” If the answer is no, then they should stop protesting and displaying their sheer hypocrisy to the world. 

Illegal aliens understand that they broke the law. They also understand that President-elect Trump is going to enforce the law, which is why they are begging their cities and colleges to protect them. Any cities or colleges that oblige the demands of illegal aliens should be immediately stripped of public funding. They not only abuse hard-earned taxpayer dollars, but they threaten the concept of the rule of law upon which our country was built.