Thursday, December 01, 2016

University of California won't assist federal agents in immigration actions against students

The L.A. Times reports:
The University of California announced sweeping actions Wednesday to protect its students who came into the country illegally, saying it would refuse to assist federal immigration agents, turn over confidential records without court orders or supply information for any national registry based on race, national origin or religion.

“While we still do not know what policies and practices the incoming federal administration may adopt, 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,” UC President Janet Napolitano said in a statement.

Napolitano said the university would “vigorously protect the privacy and civil rights of the undocumented members of the UC community.”

The policies, described as a statement of principles, mark the first unified approach toward federal immigration issues for the system’s 10 campuses, according to UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein.

Napolitano formed a task force to examine possible actions shortly after the presidential election of Donald Trump stirred widespread unease and uncertainty on campuses. UC does not track students’ immigration status but says about 3,700 have obtained in-state tuition benefits under AB 540, a 2001 law designed to help those in the country illegally.

Attention Jeff Sessions: not only is University of California breaking federal immigration law they are violating the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Why should out of state students pay higher tuition than illegals? This is a very good lawsuit . We encourage out of state students to sue University of California for denial of equal protection under the law.