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Hundreds of Rutgers University students block College Ave., in New Brunswick, N.J., as they march to protest some of President elect Donald Trump's policies and to ask school officials to denounce some of his plans at Rutgers University Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in New Brunswick, N.J. College students at campuses around the United States say they are planning rallies and walkouts to call on school administrators to protect students and employees against immigration proceedings under Donald Trump's presidency. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A former Homeland Security chief says Univ. of California campuses are safe for immigrants


The University of California says it plans to protect undocumented students.

University of California President Janet Napolitano, who served as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013 under President Obama, said in a statement Thursday that the university system will support students who don't have legal status.

"Campus police officers will not contact, detain, question or arrest any individual solely on the basis of (suspected) undocumented immigration status." According to Napolitano’s office, there are about 2,500 undocumented students enrolled across the 10-campus system.

Students at college campuses across the country have called for "sanctuary" campuses.

The call-to-action is a response to President-elect Donald Trump's proposed policies.

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