Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia sys­tem won’t aid im­mi­gra­tion author­i­ties

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

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.”

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