UC Regents Snub Plan to Hire Undocumented Workers

Despite intense lobbying from some students and immigrant advocacy groups, undocumented immigrants will not be eligible for jobs with the University of California. 

The UC Board of Regents poured cold water on the idea Thursday with a vote to suspend consideration of the policy for one year.

Looming large in the minds of board members was the 2024 presidential election and the potential return of Donald Trump. 

UC President Michael V. Drake said the hiring of undocumented workers could open the university up to civil fines or criminal penalties, and could even preclude the system from federal contracting. Moreover, Drake said it could increase the risk of prosecution or deportation for the immigrants and their families.

But not everyone was convinced. Keith Ellis, Jose Hernandez, John Pérez, Gregory Sarris, student regent Merhawi Tesfai and Tony Thurmond voted against suspending consideration of the policy. 

Pérez said he couldn’t “think of a moment where I’ve been more disappointed sitting around this board.” 

Donald Trump wasn’t the only consideration for the board’s majority. Politico reported Wednesday that the Biden administration had privately opposed the idea as well, and had warned UC about a potential lawsuit.

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