Feathered Bastard

Janet Napolitano Protested, Regents Confirm Her as UC President

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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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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons