Tough lesson
Dec 13, 2016 | 7757 views | 0 0 comments | 517 517 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Students and faculty at Queensborough Community College and other CUNY schools launched a drive to turn their colleges into sanctuary campuses for undocumented students.

They must weigh the costs before going any further.

President-elect Donald Trump threatened to cut federal funds to sanctuary cities like New York. He can also cut funds to sanctuary schools.

Professors could lose research grants from federal agencies like the National Science Foundation, but students would suffer a greater loss.

The Department of Education controls two key sources of financial aid: Pell

Grants and government-subsidized loans.

Pell Grants fund four years of undergraduate education for low-income students. Subsidized loans offer lower interest rates than banks and more flexible repayment plans based on student income after graduation.

Do they really want to risk all this just to protest Trump's policies?

I realize students and faculty suffer from PTTSD: Post-Trump Traumatic Stress Disorder.

They didn't get a trigger warning for his election and want a safe space from its consequences, but they should heed the old adage of “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it."

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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