STATEMENT: U.C. Regent and California Lt. Governor Newsom Gavin Newsom on Regents' DACA Lawsuit

9-8-17

LOS ANGELES - California Lt. Governor and University of California (U.C.) Regent Gavin Newsom issued the following statement regarding the University of California's lawsuit filed today against the Trump administration, following its decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

"I support this lawsuit on legal, moral, and economic grounds. President Trump has arbitrarily and unlawfully manufactured a crisis in the lives of fellow Californians. The U.C.'s DREAMers and its staff are integral to the academic and intellectual fabric of our campuses, and it is paramount that the University protects the future workforce and families of California."

BACKGROUND

In November 2016, Lt. Governor Newsom met with undocumented students at the University of California and California State University to discuss their concerns and subsequently outlined proposals to protect California's undocumented students from then-President-elect Trump's proposed Deportation Force.

The four-point proposal called on public higher education institutions to take urgent stock of personal data vulnerabilities, codify best practices, improve training for campus police and administrative officials, and formally declare public campuses as "Sanctuary Campuses".

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