UC President Emerges as Champion of Program for Undocumented Students

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When Janet Napolitano was named president of the University of California over three years ago, her appointment provoked impassioned protests by students and others upset about her role as head of the Department of Homeland Security overseeing the deportation of more than 2.5 million undocumented immigrants.

Fast forward to today. Napolitano has emerged as one of the leading defenders of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also implemented by her when she was secretary of Homeland Security, a program that has provided temporary relief from deportation to three-quarters of a million undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, including many attending UC.

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