UC Pres. Janet Napolitano pledges $5 million to help illegal immigrants attend college

University of California (UC) system President Janet Napolitano announced in a public address yesterday, that five million dollars in reserve funds will be set aside to help students illegally in the country attend college. 

In her first notable public address since becoming UC president on September 30, Napolitano said the 5 million in funding would go towards financial aid and special counseling for illegal aliens who wish to attend college in the UC system, reported the San Francisco Gate.

The Gate also reported that Napolitano said this measure is “one more piece of evidence of our commitment to all Californians” and claimed she is a supporter of the DREAM Act.

The move is seen by some as an olive branch to immigration reform activists, who have vocally criticized Napolitano's appointment due to her role in deporting illegal immigrants when she served as the Obama administration's head of the Department of Homeland Security.

Programs which aim to attract top level graduate students and another to attract post-doctoral researchers to the UC system also received five million dollars in reserve funding.

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