Posters to go up at UC San Diego targeting Janet Napolitano and 'sanctuary campuses'

An organization founded by conservative activist David Horowitz said it would put up posters at UC San Diego on Friday calling for University of California President Janet Napolitano to be prosecuted over "sanctuary campuses."

The UC system announced in November that it would not assist federal immigration agents, turn over confidential records without court orders or supply information for any national registry based on race, national origin or religion.

The poster by the David Horowitz Freedom Center is styled as a criminal wanted poster, with a portrait of Napolitano when she was Homeland Security secretary during the Obama administration. It says the federal government should defund the UC system and prosecute Napolitano.

“This ‘sanctuary movement’ is a concerted effort by left-wing administrations in major American cities to undermine federal immigration law and cripple the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security to protect American citizens from terrorist threats,” Horowitz said in a news release Thursday.

“Rather than having second thoughts about this movement, which has led, among other things, to murders and other crimes committed by the illegal immigrants to whom sanctuary cities give immunity and protection, the left has doubled down and is now working to spread this seditious movement from our cities to our colleges and universities.”

Napolitano's office did not respond to requests for comment on the Freedom Center's posters, nor did UC San Diego.

Horowitz and his supporters caused a stir at San Diego State University in April when they placed posters on campus that claimed certain students supported terrorism and hatred of Jews. Students unhappy with SDSU President Elliot Hirshman’s response to the posters protested and surrounded a car he was sitting in on campus, keeping him from leaving campus for about two hours.

kate.morrissey@sduniontribune.com

Morrissey writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune

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