NUMBERS DON'T LIE: Trump's free speech executive order could cost colleges billions

In light of President Trump’s executive order directing government agencies to restrict and remove federal research funding from universities that infringe on students’ rights to free speech, Campus Reform compiled existing government data to determine exactly how much federal research money is doled out each year. 

The National Science Foundation, a government agency, produces annual spending reports regarding government-funded research in higher education. Campus Reform analyzed the numerous sets of data from 2017 and created a single report with the most relevant statistics to create a reader-friendly, comprehensive document.

Readers can identify what an individual state spends on “Research & Development” (R&D) and what percentage of that number is comprised of federal, state, and institution dollars, among other categories. 

Each state and American territory can be found in the report along with what public and private colleges in that state receive in total R&D funding versus all federal funding. The report also details which colleges in each state and territory receive federal R&D funding and how much funding was received in 2017.

This Campus Reform report can be viewed below. For an interactive version of the report, click here. 

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If colleges won't protect free speech, this congressman will 'do it for them'

Florida Republican Rep. Francis Rooney introduced a bill on March 12 aimed at protecting free speech on college campuses.

Campus Reform obtained a copy of the bill, H.R.1672, or the Free Right to Expression in Education (FREE) Act, but it is not currently publicly available. However, Rooney noted in an op-ed that his legislation will mirror SB. 2394, which was introduced by former Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch in the 115th Congress. The intent of that bill was “to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to ensure that public institutions of higher education protect expressive activities in the outdoor areas on campus," effectively ending the existence of free speech zones on college campuses.

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In a press release announcing his bill, Rooney said that “many colleges and universities restrict our 1st Amendment rights by limiting ‘protected’ speech to certain narrowly restricted areas instead of nurturing campus-wide free speech. Our freedom of speech should not be confined to designated areas. Free speech is either free or it is not. That is what the 1st Amendment is all about.”

According to a Campus Reform report, colleges and universities in the state of Florida received $1,161,371,000 in federal research and development funds in the fiscal year of 2017. 

Rooney’s home state of Florida passed, on the state level in 2018, a free speech bill, which was signed into law by then-governor Rick Scott, to eliminate free speech zones from all public institutions of higher education in Florida. Under thenew law, college students in the state “whose expressive rights are violated” can also file for legal action against their respective schools.

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In an op-ed published in the Daily Caller titled, "Universities aren't protecting free speech— so I'm introducing legislation to do it for them," Rooney argued that Congress can, “in combination with President Trump’s executive order cutting off research funding to schools that do not respect freedom of speech” work to “stop this erosion of our constitutional rights.”

Genesis Sanchez, a Campus Reform Florida Correspondent and former president of  Turning Point USA  at Tallahassee Community College, test

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Ocasio-Cortez's SOTU guest speaks at Penn State for Women's History Month

Liberal activist Ana Maria Archila, who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator during the Senate confirmation of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, is one of several speakers that will be hosted at Penn State as part of the school’s month-long celebration of Women’s History Month. 

The event is being coordinated by Penn State’s Gender Equity Center and Archila will speak Monday.

Jennifer Pencek, the programming coordinator at PSU’s Gender Equity Center, told Campus Reform that Archila will be “able to share her perspective as a survivor of sexual violence and the work she has done in the area of sexual violence prevention.”

“Her background and experience in the areas of racial justice, economic justice, and immigrant rights will contribute to a worthwhile discussion with students and community members who attend her talk,” the programming coordinator said.

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Archila is a co-executive director of the progressive advocacy group Center for Popular Democracy and a racial justice activist. According to her bio, her work has focused on areas including, but not limited to immigrant rights, minimum wage advocacy, and workplace justice.

Archila’s talk will be titled “This is about the future of our country, sir.” Those are the words that she became famous for yelling at Flake.


Before the SOTU, Archila told The Intercept how she felt about being selected as AOC’s guest  at the event, noting: “I just feel particularly moved that in her first participation in the State of the Union, she is inviting me to join and inviting that moment of the elevator, my confrontation with the men who do not understand the life of women and the lives of people who are not in power, that she's inviting that into the imagination of people again.”

When Ocasio Cortez shared via Twitter that she had selected Archila to accompany her to the SOTU, she said the following about her guest: “Ana Maria is the NY14-er who famously jumped into the elevator with Sen. Flake to elevate the stories of survivors everywhere. She‘s living proof that the courage within all of us can change the ??

NYU study advocates providing government benefits to illegal aliens

A new study released by the Institute of Human Development and Social Change at New York University advocates for helping illegal immigrants get access to government benefits and programs.

The report was authored as a response to immigration policies pushed by the Trump administration over the past two years. Those policies “have led more mixed-status immigration families to live in a climate of fear and anxiety”, according to an outline of the study published by NYU’s Steinhardt school.

According to a Campus Reform  report on federal research funding in higher education, NYU received $391,144,000 in federal research and development funds in Fiscal Year 2017.

The report was authored by five scholars, three of whom are either NYU-affiliated or have spoken at the school in the past: Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Ajay Chaudry, and Trenel Francis. Sarah A. Rendón García, a doctoral student at Harvard, and Columbia University assistant professor Heather Koball also contributed to the report.

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The authors of the study present several solutions that state and local governments could implement to mitigate the effects of the Trump administration’s federal policies. Those strategies presented include ways to assist illegal aliens with evading ICE, giving illegal immigrant students in-state college tuition, and state and local governments paying for federal immigration lawyers.

Regarding the federal agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which has become more and more controversial in the past several years, the study advocates for states to “decouple federal immigration detention and removal proceedings from local law enforcement for different types of offenses” in an effort to “mitigate actual and perceived fear of ICE enforcement on undocumented immigrants," according to an NYU news release about the report.

Dave Ray, communications director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), told Campus Reform another side of the story. 

He said that his organization believes that “any program or policy designed specifically to assist illegal aliens not only undermines U.S. enforcement efforts but is a slap in the face to legal immigrants who played by the rules and waited their turn to immigrate to the U.S.”

Another suggestion that the researchers presente

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