UC’s 10 Schools Will Not Aid Federal Agencies on Immigration

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California system has made a bold pledge to protect students who entered the country illegally, saying it will not assist government agencies trying to enforce federal immigration laws.

In a “Statement of Principles,” UC President Janet Napolitano says the system’s 10 campuses will also refuse to turn over confidential student records without court orders or cooperate with any federal effort to create a national registry based on race, religion or national origin.

Napolitano has been vocal on the subject since the election of Donald Trump, and has sought to ensure undocumented students they can feel safe on UC campuses.

UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein said Thursday that the measures mark the first formal “system-wide policy” approach to federal immigration issues.