Lt. Governor Newsom, students move to safeguard immigrant students from Trump deportation threat

Call for UC, CSU and Community Colleges commitment to shield students from Trump administration


SAN FRANCISCO - California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom was joined by University of California and California State University students today, to share their concerns and outline proposals to protect California's undocumented students from President-elect Trump's proposed Deportation Force. The four-point proposal calls on public higher education institutions to take urgent stock of personal data vulnerabilities, codify best practices, improve training, and formally declare public campuses as "Sanctuary Campuses".

"If Mr. Trump's three million goal is to be achieved, that could likely include many law-abiding and promising students within California's public higher education system," Newsom wrote, in letters to the UC President and Chancellors of the CSU and California Community Colleges. "We have both a moral and economic imperative to protect our students - the future workforce and families of California - from Mr. Trump's stated intentions."

The four-point proposal calls on the systems to explore:

  • Moving quickly toward affirming UC, CSU, and Community Colleges as "Sanctuary Campuses";
  • Reviewing the implications of the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and how to protect student data from abuse by the Federal Government;
  • Reviewing protocols and training for campus police and administrative officials in cooperating with immigration enforcement;
  • Concluding those reviews with a codified commitment from UC, CSU, and Community Colleges not to share students' personal information with the federal government.

The proposal followed a meeting between Lt. Governor Newsom - who also serves as a UC Regent and CSU Trustee - and students, including "DREAMers" who may pay in-state tuition rates at California public colleges and universities and/or may qualify for private and state financial education aid. In March 2013, when the aid was first available, more than 20,000 undocumented students applied. An estimated 742,000 DREAMers - those given protection under President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - live in the U.S.; roughly one out of three live in California.

Lt. Governor Newsom's letters to the leaders of the UC, CSU, and Community Colleges are posted here.