Saturday, February 25, 2017

In a Time of Trump Why Immigrant Students Are Changing Their Minds About UC President Janet Napolitano


Louis Freedberg in The Atlantic analyzes how students' perceptions of University of California President Janet Napolitano are changing.  When she was named UC President in 2013, immigrant students protested her appointment.  Over time, however, Napolitano has emerged as one of the leading defenders of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Donald Trump vowed during the presidential campaign to rescind. The program has provided temporary relief from deportation to three-quarters of 1 million undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, including many attending the University of California.

Soon after arriving at the university, Napolitano convened a national summit on undocumented students. She set up a $5 million fund to assist undocumented students attending the system’s 10 campuses. She oversaw the creation of the Undocumented Student Legal Services Center, based at the UC Davis School of Law, and worked with Governor Jerry Brown to create a loan program for undocumented students.

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