University of California President Earmarks $5M to Help Students Living in US Illegally

Washington Post, October 30, 2013

University of California President Janet Napolitano said Wednesday she is devoting $5 million to provide special counseling and financial aid for students living in the U.S. illegally, a move aimed at disarming critics who worried she would be hostile to the small but vocal student population.

The former Homeland Security Secretary announced the initiative in her first public address since she became head of the 10-campus university system a month ago—an evening appearance in San Francisco organized by the Commonwealth Club. She also pledged $10 million for recruiting and training graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows.

“Let me be clear. UC welcomes all students who qualify academically, whether they are documented or undocumented,” she told an audience of several hundred people. “Consider this a down payment—one more piece of evidence of our commitment to all Californians.”

Napolitano said the money earmarked for immigrant students would be used for financial aid and to hire advisers at each campus who could provide guidance on matters ranging from how to pursue legal U.S. residency to applying for graduate school.

“They do merit special attention,” she said. “Oftentimes they are from families who are very poor and first-generation, so have no one out there to talk to them about student life.”

University officials estimate that out of a student population of 239,000, the UC system enrolls about 900 students who were brought into the country illegally as children, a group of immigrants known as “dreamers” because of the stalled U.S. DREAM Act that would give certain youth a path to permanent residency.

As part of a bill signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, California this year started allowing students who are not legal U.S. residents and are therefore ineligible for most types of federal financial aid to apply for state grants and scholarships.

UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein said later that the $15 million Napolitano pledged in her remarks—$5 million for immigrant student support and $10 million for graduate students and research fellows—would not come from tuition or the university’s state-funded operating budget. It will be drawn from reserves in accounts the system has used to help finance faculty mortgages and campus efficiency projects, Klein said.

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Napolitano met with student groups representing so-called dreamers on the day she was confirmed and during her first day on the job. She told reporters after the speech that while she had been listening to their concerns, allocating the special funding was a decision she had reached independently.

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  • Alexandra1973

    She needs to be arrested for treason–as of yesterday. She’s aiding and abetting an invasion here.

  • Extropico

    Napolitano is guilty of aiding and abetting the abrogation of our immigration laws and should be incarcerated immediately. She is allegedly an American and she does not work at the University of Northern Mexico.

  • The only reason there was any opposition to her becoming UC System President was because some Razatards actually were fool enough to believe that Obama propaganda that his administration was deporting illegal aliens.

    You tell ’em, Bugs.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    “Let me be clear. UC welcomes all students who qualify academically, whether they are documented or undocumented,” she told an audience of several hundred people. “Consider this a down payment—one more piece of evidence of our commitment to all Californians.”

    Do out of state US citizens pay more tuition than illegal aliens? Do illegal aliens pay the tax money to support this university? Why are US taxpayer dollars going to support non-citizens? Could $5 million have paid the tuition of economically challenged US citizens of whatever ethnicity?

    Diversity is death and its proponents are parasites.

    • borogirl54

      Yes, out of state US citizen students pay more in tuition than the California illegals do. The California illegals are considered AB540 students which means that if they attended at least 3 years of a California high school, they are eligible for in state tuition. Students from out of state who attended a California high school are also eligible for in state tuition.

      • rowingfool

        Thank you for that clear, if depressing, answer.

  • Luca

    Like all Liberals, she is fantastically generous with other people’s money.

    Unconditional special treatment and funds for illegals. I’d love to see the success and graduation rates that my tax money is buying.

  • Greg Thomas

    This traitor is something else.

  • Jesse James

    What about refunding the money to the taxpayers or parents who actually pay tuition into the system so that they can help American young people get their education?

    • Greg Thomas

      Because they do not matter in Napolitano’s treasonous world. Only illegal invading mexicans and their anchor babies are entitled to our money.

  • Spartacus

    You know, if I’ll ever, for some reason, emigrate to the US… I will NOT do so legally. I’d have to be an idiot to bother with the papers .

    • Greg Thomas

      Of course you are right Spartacus. But remember, only illegal invading mexicans(and other non-Whites) are exempt from our laws against illegal immigration. As a White European, you would be subject to the full wrath of our laws.

      • dd121

        Try getting here as a South African white who’s being persecuted by blacks. They’d tie a little bow tie around your neck and send you back to your tormentors.

        • Greg Thomas

          I absolutely believe that to be true my friend. I would bring you here myself if I could.

          • Alexandra1973

            If I had the room I wouldn’t mind hosting a nice Afrikaner family.

      • Brian

        Can’t you just change your name to Rodriguez and claim to be criollo?

    • Alexandra1973

      Hate to say it but you’re probably better off over there. What’s it like over at your end?

      • Spartacus

        Lots of poor people…

        • Sick of it

          We’re joining the club.

  • dd121

    Not only a race traitor, a traitor.

    • IstvanIN

      both.

  • joesolargenius

    Mrs Napolitano owes almost her entire government career to illegals , she won her first election as arizona Governor by one hundred thousand votes which is exactly how many were cast for the libertarian candidate. Then in the next election an additional four hundred thousand more people living in Arizona voted than in the election before and she won by those four hundred thousand votes . While in her first term she threw the doors wide open to illegals and then petitioned the GOP administration ( bush ) for more money to fight illegal immigration. Where ever illegal immigration is rampant that is where you will find people like Janet sucking off the socialist teat.

  • JohnEngelman

    What part of the word “illegal” doesn’t she understand?

    • rowingfool

      the “il” part?

    • Alexandra1973

      That’s a racist word and you know it John!

  • Truthseeker

    Since they’re too weak to displace the white Americans who made this country prosperous on their own, they need traitors in high places to help them along. It’s just sickening. If America actually stood up for its own people and celebrated its own cultural heritage, I can only imagine what heights we’d have reached by now.

    • Sick of it

      We’d be expanding to the stars while other nations collapse.

  • Ella

    So, how many students were charged out-of-state tuition fees at University of California? I would sue if I was a former nonresident graduate paying on student loans.

  • Rhialto

    When Obama’s DHS head became president of UC, it was obvious that political considerations were the driving factor. Neopolitano has woefully inadequate academic qualifications for the position.

  • RisingReich

    Traitors will not be forgiven, nor forgotten.
    She’s earned a top spot on the list. Parasitic, washing machine tub a$$ libtard if I ever saw one.
    I seriously wonder where these cretians get manufactured. Travisty to humanity they exist at all.

  • vitodanelli

    Let us see if the pompous GOP airbags like Rush, Hannity, and O’Reilly make any noise about this.

    • Sick of it

      Pretty sure Hannity is completely opposed to amnesty and illegal immigration generally. The other guys, it probably depends on the day.

  • WR_the_realist

    Napolitano used to head DHS, which includes ICE, Immigration Control and Enforcement. So is anybody surprised that immigration laws have been so widely flouted during the Obama administration?

  • In a sane country, it would be a felony to use more than $500 of taxpayer money to aid and abet criminals.