UC Regents Move Closer to Hiring Undocumented Student Workers

After months of lobbying by students and immigration advocates, the University of California Board of Regents appears poised to begin hiring undocumented students.

The board voted Thursday to form a working group that will study the issue and develop a plan for implementation. Once that’s in place, the UC system could become the first institution to formally adopt the practice of hiring undocumented student workers.

“It is our intention to find a way to allow employment opportunities for all our students regardless of their immigration status,” said UC Regent John Pérez, as quoted by EdSource.  

The UC system is pursuing this cautiously because of the likelihood of a legal challenge. Those in favor of the change argue that a 1986 law barring the hiring of undocumented workers does not apply to state entities. That legal theory was first put forward by UCLA’s Center for Immigration Law and Policy and will undoubtedly be tested in the courts. 

Over 4,000 undocumented students attend UC schools.

The working group is expected to complete its report by Nov. 30.


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