One would think that Napolitano, a former U.S. Attorney and DHS Secretary, would take a low profile, hoping that keeping quiet would protect herself and the illegal alien students in the UC system. She has instead issued a direct challenge to President-Elect Trump and the Attorney General-Designate Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III:
The University of California today (Nov. 30) announced that it will vigorously protect the privacy and civil rights of the undocumented members of the UC community and will direct its police departments not to undertake joint efforts with any government agencies to enforce federal immigration law.Helpfully, for incoming Attorney General Sessions, the UC press release specifically stated that illegal aliens will be aided in entering and remaining in the UC system's various campuses.
“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,” said UC President Janet Napolitano.
[University Of California Releases Principles In Support Of UC Community Members, Press Release, UC Office of the President, November 30, 2016]
The University will continue to admit students consistent with its nondiscrimination policies so that undocumented students will be considered for admission under the same criteria as U.S. citizens or permanent residents.Interesting that she used "nondiscrimination" as her rationale for enrolling illegal aliens. It is an obvious attempt to equate illegal aliens with racial discrimination. The problem being Federal laws, laws that she as DHS Secretary and as U.S. Attorney took an oath to enforce.
UC has also stated that illegal alien students will receive financial aid, e.g. be paid money to remain in the United States:
UC’s DREAM Loan Program will receive $5 million per year for at least three years. The program makes student loans available to undocumented students, who are not eligible for federal aid. Students will repay their loans back into the DREAM Loan fund.This is a direct challenge to the incoming Trump Administration. Napolitano is playing a game of chicken with Trump and Sessions, betting that both will back down in the face of what she thinks will be bad press coverage, with shameless baby-waving of cherub faced illegal alien students, The Left will claim that the arrest is a political vendetta since Napolitano is a former Democratic U.S. Attorney and DHS Secretary.
Student services staff coordinators and targeted undergraduate and graduate fellowships, as well as other financial support such as funds for textbooks, will be allocated $2.5 million per year.
[UC President Napolitano Announces Multiyear Support For Undocumented Students, Press Release, UC Office of the President, May 11, 2016]
This will be a test of whether Trump and Sessions meant what they said during the campaign. She must be arrested or Trump's claim to oppose illegal immigration will be exposed as lies.
Time for the perp walk for Janet Napolitano.