DREAMers Demand Napolitano Declare U.C. Campuses ‘Sanctuaries’

The students’ demands also include protections for workers on UC campuses. The petition urges the UC system to “prohibit the use of E-verify for UC employees.” E-Verify is online system that compares information from an employee’s Employment Eligibility Verification forms, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.

A group of University of California students launched an online petition urging incoming president Janet Napolitano to make the 10-campuses across the state “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants. The petition published on DreamActivist.org late Sunday is demanding the head of Homeland Security meet with a coalition of undocumented students before she takes over one of the country’s largest public university systems later this month.

The coalition, led by undocumented student activists, published the petition out of concern that the same person who authorized a record number of deportations as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will now lead an academic institution in which several hundred undocumented students attend.

“We are University of California (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,” reads the beginning of the petition which includes an open-letter with nine demands for Napolitano. The first demand is for a meeting with the undocumented students’ coalition in Santa Barbara on Wednesday. The petition also calls for policies that would prevent university officials from working with the federal immigration authorities.


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