Thursday, December 22, 2016
They're angry anyway - Part 2
Ex officio Regent Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction, wants school districts to declare themselves "safe places" for such students, according to a statement issued yesterday.* He was speaking of K-12 districts but would presumably take the same position at the Regents. There may well be discussion of such matters at the Regents' January meeting.
It appears, however, that even if you don't call the announced UC policy anything - the current official posture - you get a hostile reaction from some in Congress. So labeling the policy or not labeling it doesn't seem to matter. In fact, it is unclear how much protection UC can provide since so-called "DREAM" students registered with the federal government in order to regularize their status temporarily. Thus, they are already known to immigration authorities.
UC, apart from the immigration issue, is already potentially in conflict with the incoming administration on the climate change issue. As we have noted, the national/DOE labs - in which UC has a managerial role - have employees who may be threatened, based on their past research. The Trump transition team requested the names of such employees from DOE, a request which was refused by the outgoing Obama administration. But after January 20, DOE will be in other hands.
The DOE labs are often reviewed at Regents meetings and this matter might also come up in January.