Protect UC System From DHS Anti-Immigrant Policies! Make UC a Sanctuary System!
We, as UC students, define what a sanctuary to learn is, and our complete list of demands is here. The UC is not and will not become part of the mass deportation machine. We believe in education not deportation. We ask you to join us in upholding that fundamental principle of the UC.
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To UC President Janet Napolitano:
We are UC students and allies of UC students. We write to express our desire to protect the UC system from the anti-immigrant policies of the Department of Homeland Security.
The University of California, the largest public higher education institution in the country, has a long history of supporting immigrant and undocumented students in the state. California was one of the first states to recognize the need for tuition equity, welcoming more undocumented students into its ranks. Acknowledging the contributions of immigrant youth, as well as the inequities at play, in 2011 California also signed into law two bills allowing undocumented students equal opportunities to access financial aid and scholarships.
However, under your leadership at the Department of Homeland Security, immigrant communities, including DREAMers in the UC and elsewhere in CA, have been under attack. Record breaking deportations have swept the country in recent years, breaking apart families and devastating communities. California has been particularly impacted, with the highest number of deportations. DREAMers have been deported, and have watched parents, siblings, and friends torn from our home. In fact, DREAMers and allies across the UC system have held actions asking you to stop the deportation of DREAMers, including Yanelli, the inspiration for the Undocuhealth Project, and you refused.
In order to ensure that it is the principles of the UC, not the mass deportation tactics of the Department of Homeland Security, that are upheld here, we are demanding that the UC become a sanctuary university; a place where we are all safe to learn.
We, as UC students, define what a sanctuary to learn is. The UC is not and will not become part of the mass deportation machine. We believe in education not deportation. We ask you to join us in upholding that fundamental principle of the UC.