Jerry Brown Signs Half of California DREAM Act; Illegal Immigrants Now Eligible For Private College Scholarships

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Having made a campaign pledge to do so, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California DREAM Act yesterday. 

Well, half of it.

During a town hall meeting at Los Angeles City College, Brown signed AB 130, the part of the two-bill package that gives illegal immigrants who live in California and attend state universities and community colleges access to private sources of financial aid. Last year in the University of California system, more than $72 million in private gifts and endowments was up for grabs

Though the heftier--and much more controversial--bill is AB 131, the second half of the package that would allow these same students to also apply for state financial aid. That bill has not yet been taken up by the Senate, but Brown said he was "positively inclined" to sign it if and when it crosses his desk. 

The California DREAM Act, authored by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), applies to less than one percent of the UC and Cal State student population. It's different from the federal DREAM Act, which died in the U.S. Senate last year, as it only deals with education, and is not a path to citizenship. 
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Veronica
Veronica

The dream act is samething that will be possitive in our community and I support the dream act. Is better than paying for those that are on Wealthfare for years and years. At least this immigrants are trying to become better and contribute afterwards.  

yes man
yes man

This is what you fool voted in!! I am an Americanand I cannot get any government or privatescholarships for school let allow any retraining or help by my government.Their for  the government  is willing to help non-citizens then we thepeople need not pay taxes to a government that only helps non-citizen

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

hey, im all for giving money to illegals.. after all, we can see what a great job villaraigosa, cedillo, calderon, loretta sanchez are doing... lol

Mdcat Geo
Mdcat Geo

While being able to receive private scholarships is fine with me, I would be extremely upset if AB 131 passes and is signed by Gov. Brown. I think people who are here illegally, even if they were children when brought here by their parents, should not get any form of state aid. We have more than likely already paid for their primary education and it should stop there.

Guest
Guest

And exactly how are they going to contribute? They aren't eligible to work in the country legally.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

 They're all losers and they're STILL better than you haha

diegor
diegor

Why should immigrants not get financial aid? Immigrants also pay state taxes. It's not like when they go into a store they let the clerk know "We don't have papers" and he waives taxes from their charge.

Guest
Guest

Spoken like the little boy that you are.

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