They’re breaking the law, but American taxpayers are the ones paying for it. And one California university is giving them even more help.
Illegal immigrants attending University of California, San Diego, now have an “Undocumented Student Services Center” to help them obtain taxpayer-funded financial aid and other benefits.
The center, which officially opened on May 28, is complete with a paid staff coordinator and is part of UC’s larger efforts to help students who are in the country illegally take advantage of public assistance programs.
UC President Janet Napolitano — the former secretary of Homeland Security — has made it clear that she would like to see the university’s initiatives spread throughout the country.
“Going forward, my aim is for UC to develop and maintain gold-standard services for undocumented students so they may be replicated in other universities,” Napolitano said, according to the University of California’s website.
According to the College Fix, the center will stay busy by providing private consultations with students to help them take advantage of housing, financial, and legal assistance.
Taking advantage of taxpayer-funded programs won’t be its only focus. The center will also host workshops and programs to help students cope with the stresses of college life.
One program listed on the website as a workshop on “zen” will focus on exploring “a variety of relaxation techniques” ahead of big tests.
“We’re committed to providing world-class learning opportunities for students inside and outside of the classroom, regardless of your immigration status or the status of your family,” the center’s website states.
The center was proud to celebrate its grand opening by letting the world know on twitter. Some students were even counting down the minutes until the ribbon was cut.
T-30 minutes for the Grand Opening of the Undocumented Student Services Center! #UCSD
— Karely Rodriguez (@karlsrodrigo) May 28, 2015
Despite the fanfare with which the center opened, not all everyone was thrilled about the idea of spending tuition and tax dollars to help illegal immigrants obtain more taxpayer-funded services.
US citizens and our families come LAST —> Public University Debuts “Undocumented Student Services Center”… https://t.co/xvvHi8qVH9
— 4chunat1 (@4chunat1) June 4, 2015
UC San Diego unveiled its new Undocumented Student Services Center today http://t.co/anV7iQ7fjT CA taxpayers must be overjoyed
— Dividend Master (@DividendMaster) June 4, 2015
Breaking: Public University Debuts “Undocumented Student Services Center”…: Courtesy of the People’s Republic … http://t.co/FWB3EgdpAl
— Earl Pearl (@EarlPdxPearl) June 4, 2015
— Rob M. (@RobMoxonChef) June 3, 2015
Under Napolitano ‘s leadership, the University of California is working overtime to make sure it gives illegal immigrants the best education American taxpayers can afford.