UC San Diego debuts its ‘undocumented student services center’

UC San Diego debuts its ‘undocumented student services center’

At the rate the University of California at San Diego is popping up in news stories, the school is going to require a blog of its own. On the heels of reports that students at the university were required to strip naked for course final and a topless on-campus rally to commemorate “Free the Nipple” Day comes word that UC San Diego has unveiled an “Undocumented Student Services Center.”

The center, the College Fix notes, is designed “to help students in the country illegally obtain access to taxpayer funded financial aid and other benefits.” (UC San Diego, like other schools in the University of California system, is a public university.)

The center also hosts workshops, one of which held yesterday taught “zen” relaxation techniques to help “undocumented” students “cope with stress just in time for finals.” No word on whether coping strategies were available for “documented” students suffering with text anxiety.

The student service center is just the latest in a series of perks available to illegal immigrants living in Golden State. On Tuesday, the state legislature approved extending Medi-Cal — the state’s answer to Medicaid — “to immigrants living in the country without documentation.”

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There’s more:

SB4 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens (Los Angeles County), also would authorize the state to seek a federal waiver so it could extend health insurance under its Covered California exchange to immigrants in the country without documentation. That coverage would be available at the same rates available to others in the state.

It seems not to have occurred to the California state legislature that once these laws are enacted, the beneficiaries of the entitlements will have documentation. Will that affect their standing as “undocumented” or will another bill be proposed that designates degrees of documentation?

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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