SAN DIEGO (AP) — A group of protesters say they want former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to step down from her new job as president of the University of California.

Napolitano attended her first Board of Regents’ meeting Tuesday but was not present during the public comment session when some of the protesters spoke at the meeting at the University of California San Francisco. Napolitano took her seat later.

Many of the protesters were high school students who said Napolitano is the wrong choice and will instill fear in immigrant students because she oversaw a large number of deportations in her previous position.

Napolitano in the past has defended her track record on immigration, saying she has been an advocate for the federal DREAM Act and immigration reform.

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