UC Won’t Assist Federal Agents in Immigration Actions Against Students, System President Says

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UCLA student Yesenia Capellino lends her voice during a rally for the Dream Act on the lawn of Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School in Lynwood on July 28, 2011. (Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

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.

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