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Half of California ‘Dream Act’ becomes law

California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, signs AB 130, the Dream Act bill, on the back of Assemblyman Gil Cedillo at Los Angeles City College on July 25. Photo: AP/Damian Dovarganes

Yesterday, California governor Jerry Brown signed one half of a bill known as the California DREAM Act into law.

The bill, known as AB130, was the less controversial half of a two-part bill that would effectively make undocumented students in California eligible to apply for college scholarships. AB130, which would remove the requirement for students to submit a valid Social Security number on their applications, would allow undocumented students to apply for privately funded scholarships. While AB130 quickly passed the California State Senate in mid-July, the fate of its counterpart, AB131, remains unknown. AB131 would make undocumented students eligible for public financial aid. A version of the California DREAM Act was first introduced to California’s legislature in 2006, but vetoed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Under another California state law, AB540, which passed in 2001, students who have attended a California high school for at least three years and graduate are eligible for in-state tuition at California institutions of higher education, regardless of their citizenship status. AB130 and, if it manages to pass, AB131, would further ease undocumented students’ chances of attending universities and obtaining higher degrees.

The California DREAM Act has several counterparts in other states throughout the country. States like Maryland, Connecticut, Illinois and Texas are either considering or have already passed state-level DREAM Acts to allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and access scholarships. All of these laws are separate entities from the federal DREAM Act, which would ultimately create a path for U.S. citizenship for undocumented students after they graduate from college. Congress has attempted to pass the federal DREAM Act several times to no avail. In late 2010, the bill passed through the House of Representatives but failed to bypass a Senate filibuster shortly afterward. 

 
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Comments

  • Otha63

    This is why this country is gong to the Pigeons not the Birds.  When are we going to start taking care of our own.  People start looking at the show called NEED TO KNOW or go online and type it in.  It is so outrageous. 

  • Iwannabonthebeach@gmail.com

    Give me a break! The founders of our country would be rolling over in they’re graves!!! This country was founded on hard work. Now ANYONE can just come on over and jump on the free college boat? Non-citizens? What about the recent crack down on immigrators from Mexico? Sounds a little bit contradicting. Seriously the cost of education in this country is already way over inflated. Colleges are applauding the new income they’ll be receiving for non citizens.

  • Jorge_ibarra

    funny thing is, the founders of this “country were immigrants themselves. Uneducated comments like this show a certain “level” of ignorance that would truly cause the founders you speak of to roll over in this grave. As for a country being founded on hardwork, what do you think these students are doing, you smart person you? Working hard!!!!!you should study your history before you speak on issues such as these. If you aren’t 100% Native American, then your family came here as immigrants. Get your shit straight, then speak on immigration. If your not able to do so, you should maybe stay quiet since its more embarrasing to sound dumb then to not say anything at all. Good day, Oh and by the way, I was born here. But I GO DO RESEARCH BEFORE i SPEAK.

  • Anonymous

    We’re broke and know we help illegal aliens get scholarships, no wonder this state is a joke.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jorge-Ibarra/100001355632681 Jorge Ibarra

    You do not help anybody get a scholarship; you are too busy being an ignoramus online, embarrassing yourself with uneducated comments such as the one you just made. The bottom line is this- no one gets approved for a scholarship unless they have earned it, and every scholarship has a very strict process containing tough procedural guidelines for qualifying. Help me unravel the following mystery: On one corner of an off-ramp you have a Caucasian person, dirty and smelly, hasn’t showered in months, holding a “please-feed-me-for-free-cause-I’m-lying-about-being-in-a-war-that-ended-30yrs-b4-my-birth” sign; on the other end of the the freeway exit you have an UN-documented Mexican holding a sign that says “freshly picked fruit- $5 a Bag” (and this is fruit he just picked that morning)…wait, this isn’t such a mystery after all; this is the essence of entrepreneurship. This shows exactly why this State is in it’s current slump- cause @-holes who would rather spend their time b!+ch!ng online about laws that help people who work hard and EARN their way through life, and would rather get a free handout than go out and WORK like those people who you are whining about. They been here for basically their entire life you idiot, like I said in another posting before, you should research before you “insert-foot-in-mouth” and if your foot’s too small I got something you can put in your dirty, foul poor excuse for an orifice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jorge-Ibarra/100001355632681 Jorge Ibarra

    One more thing, to clarify: I am a US citizen, I was born here. And I have received my mediocre education here. I APPLAUD ANYONE who wants something productive outta life and will work through the gruesome, money-dump we call college to achieve their goals. There is too many whiny people always complaining about society this, and the government that…your rants are reflective of your own circumstance folks. You must be broke, foreclosed upon, bankrupt, under 350 on your credit rating, etc. if you are crying about bills like the DREAM Act. Please, consider things from one other perspective: Instead of talking all this negative crap, what if we all came together and demanded that any Undocumented Student who received a Private/Public Scholarship/Grant/Loan to go to college was granted Citizenship and required as part of the whole agreement to spend a minimum of 4 years working in this State, paying taxes, etc. and giving back to our economy? You say you don’t want Undocumented people here cause supposedly, EVEN THOUGH IT IS TOTALLY UNTRUE, but according to you they bled our states economy dry. ( Side note- they never got Welfare, or Medi-cal, or Cash-aid, or Food-stamps cause the government never approved anyone without a valid/verified Social and CA picture ID) Why not make them citizens and let them nurture this States economy without fear? Do you deport the Czech, or the Serbian, or the Israeli, or the Korean, or the Laotian? They all come from an oppressed, impoverished place. The Salvadorenio, the Hondurenio, The Mexicano, they come from a drug-cartel controlled enviroment, or from a truly impoverished living circumstance, or from a real Slum, so why persecute them? They come here and work, why knock em down for it? The argument that immigrants are criminals is so absurd- You ever heard of the “Wood-Pile” or the “Skins” ? Two terms used to categorize over 35% of the inmates housed in Prisons accross the U.S. of A. LoL, they are ‘white’…But hey, lets go ahead and ignore that fact when we stand up on our soap-box and blame the Latino for our economy. Ever heard of an ITIN number? Google that, Mr. Smarty-pants…I’m done, I gotta go back to running my small business before it ends up in the same state as this states economy-under. P3@cE, not in the middle East but HERE in America bro

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jorge-Ibarra/100001355632681 Jorge Ibarra

    One more thing, to clarify: I am a US citizen, I was born here. And I have received my mediocre education here. I APPLAUD ANYONE who wants something productive outta life and will work through the gruesome, money-dump we call college to achieve their goals. There is too many whiny people always complaining about society this, and the government that…your rants are reflective of your own circumstance folks. You must be broke, foreclosed upon, bankrupt, under 350 on your credit rating, etc. if you are crying about bills like the DREAM Act. Please, consider things from one other perspective: Instead of talking all this negative crap, what if we all came together and demanded that any Undocumented Student who received a Private/Public Scholarship/Grant/Loan to go to college was granted Citizenship and required as part of the whole agreement to spend a minimum of 4 years working in this State, paying taxes, etc. and giving back to our economy? You say you don’t want Undocumented people here cause supposedly, EVEN THOUGH IT IS TOTALLY UNTRUE, but according to you they bled our states economy dry. ( Side note- they never got Welfare, or Medi-cal, or Cash-aid, or Food-stamps cause the government never approved anyone without a valid/verified Social and CA picture ID) Why not make them citizens and let them nurture this States economy without fear? Do you deport the Czech, or the Serbian, or the Israeli, or the Korean, or the Laotian? They all come from an oppressed, impoverished place. The Salvadorenio, the Hondurenio, The Mexicano, they come from a drug-cartel controlled enviroment, or from a truly impoverished living circumstance, or from a real Slum, so why persecute them? They come here and work, why knock em down for it? The argument that immigrants are criminals is so absurd- You ever heard of the “Wood-Pile” or the “Skins” ? Two terms used to categorize over 35% of the inmates housed in Prisons accross the U.S. of A. LoL, they are ‘white’…But hey, lets go ahead and ignore that fact when we stand up on our soap-box and blame the Latino for our economy. Ever heard of an ITIN number? Google that, Mr. Smarty-pants…I’m done, I gotta go back to running my small business before it ends up in the same state as this states economy-under. P3@cE, not in the middle East but HERE in America bro