Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trump’s victory jolts minority communities


The election of Donald Trump continues to have reverberations -- and there no doubt is more to come.  In "Trump’s victory jolts Bay Area minority communities," Hamed Aleaziz in the San Francisco Chronicle considers the reaction of the Bay Area's minority communities and the various immigration law and policy possibilities in a Trump administration.  Importantly, the future of President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is in serious doubt as Donald Trump has promised to eliminate the program.  DACA beneficiaries are justifiably anxious

Dana Goodyear in the New Yorker considers the resolve, anxiety, and uncertainty among politically active undocumented youth with Trump's election.

News stories about the fears in immigrant communities have come from across the United States.  Here are examples from Colorado, California, and Washington, D.C.

Fears among university students has been palpable on campus across the United States,  At the University of California, President Janet Napolitano and the Chancellors of all of the campuses issued the following statement:

In light of yesterday's election results, we know there is understandable consternation and uncertainty among members of the University of California community.  The University of California is proud of being a diverse and welcoming place for students, faculty, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.  Diversity is central to our mission.  We remain absolutely committed to supporting all members of our community and adhering to UC’s Principles Against Intolerance.  As the Principles make clear, the University “strives to foster an environment in which all are included” and “all are given an equal opportunity to learn and explore.”  The University of California will continue to pursue and protect these principles now and in the future, and urges our students, faculty, staff, and all others associated with the University to do so as well.

We are proud of what the University of California stands for and hope to convey that positive message to others in our state and nation.

President Janet Napolitano
University of California

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks
University of California, Berkeley

Interim Chancellor Ralph Hexter
University of California, Davis

Chancellor Howard Gillman
University of California, Irvine

Chancellor Gene Block
University of California, Los Angeles

Chancellor Dorothy Leland
University of California, Merced

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox
University of California, Riverside

Chancellor Pradeep Khosla
University of California, San Diego

Chancellor Sam Hawgood
University of California, San Francisco

Chancellor Henry T. Yang
University of California, Santa Barbara

Chancellor George R. Blumenthal
University of California, Santa Cruz


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I understand that the University of California is going to uphold the rights of its students no matter what their origin is. What I don't understand is how the university administration is going to endorse and enforce these precepts. Are they going to defend students' rights through litigation? Seek a legal loophole? Or simply ignore whatever laws that Trump may put into place?

Posted by: Reed James | Nov 14, 2016 12:16:04 PM

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