Janet Napolitano, the president of the University of California, announced this week the college would give out $5 million for illegal immigrants to obtain special counseling and financial aid.
The New York Times reported that the announcement came as a way of calming her critics — those who thought she was going to crack down on the university's illegal immigration population.
Ms. Napolitano used to head the Department of Homeland Security. About a month ago, she took over presidential duties at the university, which spans 10 campuses and has a small but growing immigrant population.
She announced the $5 million initiative in San Francisco on Wednesday, while delivering her first public remarks as university president, The Times said. During her speech, Ms. Napolitano also vowed to give $10 million for the recruitment and training of graduate students and those who want to pursue fellowships in research.
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