Janet Napolitano Protested, Regents Confirm Her as UC President

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The UC system's new "bad cop"....

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano -- deporter of 2 million, coddler of serial racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and advocate of police-state programs such as 287(g) and Secure Communities -- was confirmed by the University of California Regents on Thursday to head the UC system.

I was happy to see that the vote was not unanimous, and that a small but determined group of student protesters disrupted the meeting. The Los Angeles Times reports that six demonstrators were arrested and the meeting was held up for 15 minutes.

Unfortunately, Napolitano was not present till later, and missed the chanting protesters and the struggles some had with campus police officers.

I can only hope this is the beginning of a long campaign of defiance directed at Napolitano, who brought the 287(g) program to Arizona when she was governor, and helped Arpaio get his now-disbanded 160-member 287(g)-force.

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This allowed Arpaio's deputies to become de facto immigration cops and spread fear and panic throughout Maricopa County's immigrant community.

(The last vestige of Arpaio's 287(g) authority was not removed until 2011, after the U.S. Department of Justice announced the findings of a civil rights investigation into the MCSO, documenting Arpaio's record of biased policing. A federal judge has since found Arpaio guilty of racial profiling.)

The Los Angeles Times further reports that Cinthia Flores, the regents' student representative, was the only vote against Napolitano.

Flores made clear that it was Napolitano's record as President Barack Obama's chief hunter of Hispanics, which motivated her no vote.

"I will not deny the pain and experiences of countless students and their families," the Times quotes her as stating.

Indeed, with Obama's approval, Napolitano has deported close to 2 million people, roughly equivalent to how many President George W. Bush deported in eight years as president.

Asked about the student opposition to her becoming UC president, Napolitano attempted a conciliatory tone.


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fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

Must be a patronage appointment. I can't imagine what the Regents were thinking hiring a former chief of security agencies to manage a large university system. She has no background in academia nor did she do an outstanding job managing the budgets at DHS.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

UC is screwed now...

Only took the job to serve, LOL...right, serve herself.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

She is quite possibly the Dems answer to a Presidential Candidate in 2016. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

I, for one, am very happy that she has been confirmed as President of the UC System because it significantly reduces the likelihood that she will return to AZ and attempt to re-enter AZ politics.  I liked the fact the she initally seemded to be a break from the criminal and nut-job governors that preceeded her, but the Faustian bargain she was willing to make to win the job made her almost as bad as her predecessors in her governance.

GravyTrain
GravyTrain

I have to admit, although I am not happy with her job performance in DHS, allowing fascist programmes against the US citizenry, Janet Napolitano is a very nice person, in person.  This was a smart move for her. 

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@yourproductsucks  the one thing that really stands out in my mind about Janet was when she was Governor here. it was when the gas line broke and we were out of fuel for a bit. Janet got on the news and discussed price gouging. she proceeded to say that people were doing it and that there were no laws in effect to stop them and finished it off with "but you should know better".......................like that was going to stop them after she just said there were no laws to stop them. she may as well have given them the okay to do it. to me, that was the defining moment of her stupidity...............so i hope to god you are saying she could be the Dem answer with your tongue in your cheek :)

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