University of California system won’t aid immigration authorities
The University of California system, headed by a former Obama administration Homeland Security secretary, announced that campus police will not help any law enforcement agencies investigate students suspected of being illegal immigrants.
Police officers at the UC’s 10 campuses will not contact, detain, question or arrest any individual solely on the basis of immigration status, except as
required by law, the school system said in a statement.
The move responded to the election of Donald Trump, who has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration.
“Given the many public pronouncements made during the presidential campaign and its aftermath, we felt it necessary to reaffirm that UC will act upon its deeply held conviction that all members of our community have the right to work, study and live safely and without fear at all UC locations,” President Janet Napolitano said.
On Tuesday, Ms. Napolitano and her counterparts for the California State system and the state’s community-college network sent a joint letter to Mr. Trump asking him to let socalled Dreamers continue their higher education “without fear of being arrested, deported, or rounded up for just trying to learn.”