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Governor Jerry Brown Signs California DREAM Act

Governor Jerry Brown Signs California DREAM Act

 

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law on Monday easing access to privately funded financial aid for undocumented college students.

AB 130, also known as the California DREAM Act, is the first of a series of two bills. It grants those who currently qualify for in-state tuition further eligibility for private scholarships funded by nonstate sponsors.

First Half Of California DREAM Act

Brown also signaled that he was likely to back AB 131, a more controversial measure allowing undocumented students to seek state-funded tuition aid in the future. It is currently being held in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Important Step For Students Brought To The U.S. Through No Choice Of Their Own

From The Los Angeles Times:

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), author of the private financial aid measure, described it as an important but incremental step toward expanding opportunities for deserving students who were brought to the U.S. illegally through no choice of their own.

“I’m committed to expanding opportunity wherever I can find it, and certainly these kinds of bills promote a goal of a more inclusive California and a more educated California,” Brown told reporters after the bill-signing ceremony Monday.

For Brown, signing Cedillo’s bill was a gesture of goodwill toward Latino voters, who helped elect him in large numbers last fall. Legislation providing education funding to undocumented students has been a top priority for many Latino groups, which have found many of their efforts thwarted so far at the federal level. Last year proponents failed to marshal enough votes in the U.S. Senate to ensure passage of the federal DREAM Act, which would have created a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. before age 16 if they attended a college or served in the military.

California Dream Act Is Not A Pathway To Citizenship

AB 130, unlike the federal DREAM Act, does not create a pathway for undocumented college students to become U.S. citizens.

Brown’s position on the California DREAM Act was being closely monitored after he angered some prominent Latino leaders by vetoing a bill last month that would have made it easier for farmworkers to organize.

California joins several other states that offer tuition breaks to illegal immigrants, including New York, New Mexico, Texas and Maryland.

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9:10AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Billie C.
I honestly do not care if your private parts are gold plated or encrusted with diamonds. You honestly are not better than anyone else ..... and your children are not more 'deserving' than another human being simply by virtue of springing from your loins.
They made it legal for the kids to attend school, pay resident tuition where they have lived most their lives, and accept PRIVATE SCHOLARSHIPS to assist them through college. I am sure that they have to earn the opportunity that has just become LEGAL. I do not know of any private scholarships that do not have strict guidelines on grades etc.
People who are comfortable with who they themselves are usually do not find it necessary to stand on others peoples heads. sorry you are having a bad day.

6:48AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Regarding Gov. Brown signing AB130: for all those commenting about CA coming up with the money, didn't you read that it was private funding these students could now qualify for? Private money. Not state money. duh.

AB131 would involve public funding, and it has not come to his desk for signature yet.

2:26AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

so California cuts cuts $650m from the state’s universities and yet finds founding for this?

9:21PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

Donna R- yeah, it's sad the whole state has to suffer for the irresponsible voting of a few- just like the rest of the country, I guess.

Stacy M- Good question. You'll never get a good answer. Just once, I'd like to see Mexico extend a helping hand like that to Americans (even their own people). Illegal is ILLEGAL!

Diane W- yep- every year, we hear that education is at an all-time low at a state &/or national level. They demand more money "won't somebody please think of the children?" They get it & then ask for even more the next year. Our money is wasted. And things like this contribute. AND education begins at home. It's obvious that Gen X is WAY behind the previous generation in terms of intelligence & maturity. Well, Gen Y is even worse- society is regressing.

Lilithe M- unfortunately no, there is not enough for everybody. Natural born citizens here are starving. We can't bring the whole world here, so who get's to choose? That's why we have immigration laws. Here is an excellent video to demonstrate:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPjzfGChGlE

8:21PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

And to Donna R. = Prop 13 screwed schools royally - trust me, I was in school back then and the changes were immediate enough even for a kid to understand - why don't we have orchestra in school anymore? Prop 13. Why don't we have art class anymore? _Prop 13. All of the activities I loved were removed - because of Prop 13. Activities with as much value to humanity and culture and progress as the sciences and math. It hurt.

8:18PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

And besides - why are you seeing these kids as "other"?!? They grew up here, went to school here - as far as I am concerned, they are citizens with every right to tuition aid. Get a clue folks!! Stop being so afraid of "other" - especially the only thing that is keeping them "other" is a damn piece of paper!

8:11PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

Haven't y'all noticed that the more you hold on, the less you have? Stop being greedy - there is enough for everybody, and all of this poverty thinking and fear is what gets us all in the mess we are in right now.

5:13PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

What a nightmare! Our own people are about to lose SS & other benefits they've paid into for their entire lives & this a$$hole wants to give more money out. Spend, spend, spend... And why not? It's not his money...

3:13PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

We are having trouble supporting American students. Many of our own are in dept for the rest of their lives to student loans. Yet we have money to give financial aid to those of another country with American tax payer money and its been going on for decades. After my military service and I went back to college I met students from China , Malaysia and Russia who were getting the same financial aid under the same name as I was and more aid from their own student associations. Now we want to extend this to undocumented visitors as well? I'm all for human rights but this is a bit much considering all our services are shrinking and we keep getting told we have no money.

2:59PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

That is my kind of governor! Help those that he promised to support. Helping anyone et educated is a win for everyone.

Thank you Governor!!! You make me proud.

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