In a state media broadcast Saturday, California Governor Jerry Brown said at least one million illegal immigrant students and their supporters participated in paramilitary exercises organized by the state’s two public university systems.
University of California President Janet Napolitano told reporters that, “Dreamers really represent the spirit of the California dream, and their rights cannot be taken away by executive fiat. For that reason, the California Sovereignty Exercises of 2017 is a show of force against President Donald Trump. We are The Resistance.”
California State University Chancellor Timothy White appeared with Napolitano at the joint press conference that opened the exercises. “Cesar Chavez planted seeds in fertile ground and left us a powerful, peaceful, paramilitary force that we will use to protect our state’s open borders,” he said.
Napolitano fired her weapon into the air exactly at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, signaling the beginning of the exercises. The two university leaders then joined students all over the state – dressed in black and carrying Antifascist and Mexican flags – as they marched in lockstep across their university campuses.
Armed administrators and parents saluted the parades.
“We tried nonviolence,” said Napolitano. “Now it’s time to try something else. Marxist students at Evergreen College really opened my eyes to the possibilities of violent suppression of imperialists.”
Napolitano said UC has about 4,000 undocumented students, a substantial portion of whom are DACA recipients; some UC staff members also benefit under DACA.
“Yes, I have a keen interest in DACA,” she said, “but my keener interest is with the young people. These paramilitary exercises will boost the self-esteem of students whose futures are now in doubt.”
The exercises included swinging on ropes, running through tires, and crawling in sand holding weapons. California’s socialist regime announced the exercises in response to President Donald Trump’s order ending the DACA program.
“I want to extend my recognition, my congratulations to the Student Antifascist Armed Services for their Sovereignty Exercises 2017, and to the people and the Joint UCCSU Military Union for organizing the event,” Brown said from his office in Sacramento, asserting that “over one million combatants” participated in the exercises.
The exercises will allow the state government “to install a new doctrine, new strategies for security,” Brown told reporters. “That includes legislation making California a Sanctuary State.”
When asked about a 2015 UC Berkeley poll which found that Californians strongly oppose “sanctuary city” policies, Brown said, “I don’t care what those people think. They don’t write editorials.”
The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board, which does write editorials, agrees with the governor. “We want kids to go to school, no matter their parents’ immigration status, and seek medical care if they are sick,” the Board wrote just before the Sovereignty Exercises began.
“We obviously do not sanction serious and violent criminal behavior,” said the article. “But our armed forces are a paramilitary for peace. This is how we care for our neighbors. They don’t need no stinking papers.”
Observers called the exercises “secessionist theater,” a way for Brown to deflect public attention from an affordable housing crisis, homelessness, poverty, and income inequality in a state governed by Democrats that has “the world’s sixth largest economy.” Nevertheless, analysts say the campaign shows the extent to which Trump’s threats have succeeded in giving the state a powerful new talking point.