UC President Janet Napolitano blasts Trump immigration crackdown as a backward step

February 22, 2017
University of California President Janet Napolitano blasted the Trump administration's immigration crackdown on Wednesday, calling it a step backward that would make communities less safe. Napolitano, who served as U.S. Homeland Security secretary under President Obama, said the vast expansion of...

UC President Emerges as Champion of Program for Undocumented Students

February 13, 2017
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...

Med student “dreamers” speak out on maintaining DACA protections

February 13, 2017
Blanca Morales is a student at Harvard Medical School and a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who is suddenly living with the fear of deportation. “Now, with the potential of DACA being ripped away by the new change in leadership, I find myself mourning the dream of becoming a...

What Will Happen to Undocumented Doctors?

February 02, 2017
Donald Trump said he would repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, an Obama-era policy that granted a work permit and temporary protection from deportation to children that came to the U.S. with unregistered parents. He later promised something “that’s going to make people happy and...

UC Signs Letter From Scientific Organizations Urging the President to Rescind the Exexutive Order

January 31, 2017
The University of California has also joined with other universities and organizations in a letter being circulated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) urging the President to rescind this executive order and des

For undocumented students, Trump era brings fear and uncertainty

January 25, 2017
Growing up in the 1990s in Pittsburg, California, Arturo Fernandez felt like a typical kid. He rode his bike around the neighborhood with friends, played on his church soccer team, watched the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and played Pokémon on his Gameboy. He loved solving puzzles, and had an...

Medical School 'Dreamers' Face Uncertainty With Trump

December 06, 2016
Jirayut "New" Latthivongskorn is the first undocumented student in the medical school at UCSF. Latthivongskorn was born in Bangkok and lived there for nine years before coming to the United States with his family to escape poverty and find a better life.

UC President Janet Napolitano: The Truth About Young Immigrants and DACA

November 30, 2016
Today, there are nearly three-quarters of a million Dreamers who no longer have to constantly fear an encounter with an immigration enforcement agent. Instead, they can live, study and work freely. Many are now studying at the system I lead, the University of California.

LA Times: California's university leaders are urging Trump to embrace students who are in the U.S. illegally

November 28, 2016
Leaders of California’s three systems of public higher education sent a joint letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday urging him to allow students who are in the country illegally to continue their educations without fear of deportation.

Inside Higher Ed: Can a Campus be a Sanctuary? (Nov. 15, 2016)

November 15, 2016
A growing movement, in wake of Trump’s victory, calls on colleges to limit cooperation with federal immigration officials. Legal and political impacts are unclear.