University of California sues Trump administration on unlawful repeal of DACA program

The University of California today (Sept. 8) filed suit in federal court against the Trump administration for wrongly and unconstitutionally violating the rights of the University and its students by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on “nothing more than unreasoned executive whim.”

The lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its acting secretary, Elaine Duke, is the first to be filed by a university seeking to stop the Trump administration’s recently announced decision to end the DACA program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 undocumented young people to legally live, work and study in the United States.
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UC President Napolitano affirms support, protection for sexual violence survivors

UC President Janet Napolitano

University of California President Janet Napolitano issued the following statement today (Sept. 7) following U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ announcement that appears to roll back guidance by the Office of Civil Rights. The federal changes will impact how schools handle sexual violence cases under the Title IX policy.

Changes to the Title IX policy announced today signal that the Trump administration aims to undo six years’ worth of federal enforcement designed to strengthen sexual violence protections on college campuses. This is extremely troubling.

Chancellor’s Statement: The Ending of DACA

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block

Chancellor Block releases statement to the UCLA community on the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA. I am deeply disappointed by President Trump’s announcement that the federal government will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA has provided valuable resources for those within our UCLA community who qualify for the program, including access to a work permit. UCLA stands in solidarity with all of our students, especially our undocumented students, for whom the federal government’s action will be met with fear and uncertainty. It is important to remember that financial aid provided to undocumented AB540 students is unaffected by the federal government’s decision to end DACA. Continue reading

UC President Napolitano denounces decision to end DACA program, calls on Congress to make protections permanent

UC President Janet Napolitano

University of California President Janet Napolitano, U.S. secretary of homeland security from 2009 to 2013, released the following statement today (September 5) after President Trump announced his decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
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Napolitano: Educators must counter falsehoods by shining light on facts

UC President Janet Napolitano

The acts of violence in Charlottesville represented an assault on the very foundations of our democracy, and an affront to all people who believe the strength of our future as a nation hinges upon our ability to become a more tolerant nation, a nation that fully respects and includes all Americans, in all of our diversity.

An equally enduring threat to American democracy is the “myth of many sides” — the myth that all sides of an argument have equal value.

This is a unique time of false equivalencies, when real news is labeled fake news and fake news is spun as the truth. So, the role of members of the academic community as sources of facts and context is more important now than ever. Public participation — public engagement — is a responsibility we in the academic world can and must embrace. All of us must do more to counteract misinformation and outright bigotry.

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