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Brown Signs ‘Dream Act’ Allowing Undocumented Students To Get Financial Aid

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – One day before the Oct. 9 deadline to approve or veto a bill that would allow undocumented students to receive public financial aid for higher education, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he signed the California DREAM Act.

The bill, AB 131, is the second of two bills that make up the California Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act.  In July, Brown signed AB 130, a bill allowing undocumented students to receive private scholarships.

“Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,” Brown said in a statement this morning. “The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us.”

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, undocumented students attending public higher educational institutions who qualify for the exemption from non-resident tuition will be eligible to receive financial aid at the state’s public colleges and universities.

Currently, undocumented students cannot receive state or federal financial aid. According to the Immigration Policy Center, although some 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school, only 5 to 10 percent continue onto college, with many unable to continue for financial reasons or because schools do not allow them to enroll.

The bill enables those students to become eligible to receive institutional financial aid at schools in the UC or California State University systems, have community college fees waived and to receive Cal Grants, which do not have to be repaid.

However, undocumented students would only become eligible for Cal Grants once all resident students have received such an award.

Analysis of the bill by the Assembly noted that the demand for the aid—which can provide up to $12,192 a year to pay for college expenses at qualifying California academic institutions or trade schools—far exceeds the amount of funding typically provided, making it unlikely that undocumented students would be considered.

The California Department of Finance estimates that 2,500 students, at a cost to the state of $14.5 million, will qualify for Cal Grants thanks to AB 131. This represents 1 percent of Cal Grant’s total $1.4 billion funding, according to the governor’s office.

Both assembly bills were authored by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles.

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  • Nickolas Robinson

    Impeach the traitor.

  • Nickolas Robinson

    So the California taxpayers can go ahead and pay for someone whos family doesn’t pay taxes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What the F%$#

    • M.J

      The IRS issues a tin number for immigrants who don’t have a ssn to do taxes , that way millions and millions of illegal immigrants can do taxes and yes they pay but of course no one talks about this or cares, and the first step to obtain a green card is to proof you’ve done taxes every year ,

      • Bay Area Guy

        I’m sure ALL the illegal’s run to the IRS to get their Tin number as soon as they get here. Right after the have their Anchor baby (paid for by tax payer’s dollars) and pick out their Section 8 housing and collect their welfare checks.

    • Brenda

      That’s not true many illegal immigrants do taxes.

      • Buzz

        How do you know?

  • Nickolas Robinson

    What part of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT is not understood??? Do you know what happens if you are an American illegal immigrant in Mexico? You get tossed in a Mexican jail and raped. Period. No foodstamps, no free education, no amnesty, nothing.

  • Tours Martel

    Todo para la Raza! In other words white males not welcome at state universities, just pay your taxes and be quiet. 300,000 white families have taken their money and their jobs elsewhere over the past decade. Does anyone think that this will help? This definitely won’t help with Mexifornia’s record-setting unemployment rate.

  • freda

    Just plain wrong.As a legal resident, who went to college with no aid whatsoever except the work I did during the school year combined with the work I did over the summer… and as a taxpayer.. this is just plain wrong.

  • Nickolas Robinson

    I work my @$$ off, get no money for college, and work full time! I’m white and this race favorism and “equal opportunity” is bu11$hit! I can’t barely make ends meet and go to college while these illegals get free rides on MY TAX MONEY!

    • Brenda

      They are only allowed to be financially helped if they NEED it, which means they have to be low income. And no that does not mean a Full Ride. If you don’t know what your talking about shut up. Maybe you should read what the act does instead of ASSUME.

      • BS

        It does mean a full ride when the illegal says “both my parents are dead, I have no income.” you fail Brenda.

      • Nickolas Robinson

        um, if they cant afford to be legal, then they would most likely be low income you fool.

      • *

        f#ck you.

      • Tom101010

        Im gonna take a stab at this Brenda and say that Im gonna go with most people who are here illegally are in need of financial aid. Otherwise they would have taken the proper avenues and come here LEGALLY. Nice try, but still, CA Taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for illegals financial aid. Im half hispanic and am a college student by the way. Financial aid is hard enough to come by these days.

  • Mike Carvidi

    I understand the goal, but this bill misses the point. I have to believe there are other things we can do with money left over “……..after all the other legal residents have applied”. How about raising teacher’s salaries and buying more schoolbooks? Or is that a campaign promise that was only rhetoric? I get that….

    So, the message is, if you or your parents are clever enough to break the law and get across the border, California may help pay for your education? Niiiiice! Jerry, how about this? Why don’t we extend the bill to California’s prisoners? Heck, those people are already citizens (some might be able to reelect you), and letting some out would free up some prison space. I suppose we can’t do that because prisoners have done something ……… ILLEGAL !!!

    • Brenda

      NO, it means that the children of the illegal immigrant will go to college not the parent, the bill says that only if they graduated high school. If you don’t know what your talking about shut up. Maybe you should read what the act does instead of ASSUME.

    • johnnyweltcho

      im sure you asumme ilegeal people are bad and have in one way hurt legal people?

  • PLW

    What a joke California is!!!!!!! California is going broke, so all the ILLEGALS and ENTITLEMENT GROUPS get more money and education benefits.

    • Brenda

      They don’t get “more” money, they get helped with what they need. If you read it says that they will apply just like the legal. Maybe you should read what the act does instead of ASSUME.

      • BS

        They get MORE Brenda. Not more than they need, but far more then they DESERVE!

      • Debra

        Brenda do you know a different word besides ASSUME because that is what you are doing too. I was born and raised in California as my children were. One currently in college and the other there next year. I work two jobs pay my taxes and because my son only had a 3.5 grade average we do not qualify for anything!!! NOTHING was given to us. So maybe you can explain to me how the middle class is paying for all this!!! I am going broke sending my children to college where is my help? Where is the help for the people who made this state what it is? My parents also born and raised in California. I see how it is I have to save and work to send my children to college and now also pay for someone who should not have come into this county to start with, without going through the proper channels. I am all for anyone who wants to be here but, come into this country the correct way!! We are rewarding people for not following rules great example to set!!!

      • Tom

        I ASSUME that you “BRENDA” DO NOT understand that they “ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS” are BREAKING THE LAW!!!!!! What can’t you UNDERSTAND?!?!?!?!
        You are as DENSE as the ROCKS those ILLEGALS climb over when they enter OUR COUNTRY ILLEGALLY!

        I ASSUME that YOU ARE NOT AN AMERICAN! Dumb Liberals do us all a favor and run into on coming traffic,

        Thank you!

  • KAY


    • Bay Area Guy

      Kay – Obviously you are unaware that they are not Illegal Immigrants any more, they are future voters.

  • Zack Debarco

    So, it is ok to go after government workers who have worked and paid their taxes for 30 years all because they get a pension, but if you’re here illegally it is ok?!!! I think you will see a revolution when citizens and legal resident aliens can’t get their kids into college and/or there is not enough money for student loans, all because even more illegals will be comming here from the rest of the world. Just look at Europe. The Germans USED TO have a very liberal
    immigration policy for unaccompanied minors (guilt driven from WW II actions) and even that Socialist country finally had enough when they saw that it was
    being abused. Numerous other Socialist European/Scandanavian countries are also closing their borders to illegals like never before. You think we can’t pay the pensions for people who earned them and instead pay for college for people who are here illegaly. What a ploy by the democrats for votes!!!

    • M. J .

      Debarco ? and your family came from where Mr Debarco ? If illegal immigrants want to succeed and go to college don’t you think it’s a good investment for California eventually this same people will become people of good and educated instead of criminals , and yes they shouldn’t be here first of all but they are here they will not leave let’s make the best out of it and deal with it keep the good hardworking educated immigrants is not our history written this way ?

      • BS

        No. Paying for a college education for someone who can’t legally work is stupid.

      • johnnyweltcho

        your just ignorant to think people dont deserve a chance. anyone is ignorant who doesnt open their heads and think what these kids are going through. some of the kids were brought as babies and grew up thinking htey wee from this country. they studied hard to become someone and when they find out they cant, thats very depressing to them. put yourself in there shoes, and if you seem to just let that go. than think about what type of person you are and why people dont likke americans.

  • antlers

    Brenda get a clue.The legal citizens of cali are still footing the bill for someone that should not receive it.Instead of putting my tax dollar to work for someone from another country how about putting it towards our broken down school system that my son goes to.I guess that would not be fair.How the hell do we have money for this but no money for sports at my sons high school.Wake up and think about it.

  • ptown

    I wouldnt have believd it if I hadnt read it…make my head spin.

  • Steve Rhoades

    Awarding in state tuition to illegal aliens is fiscally irresponsible and patently unfair.
    Push your state representative to make a change. Google this: NUMBERSUSA .
    Once you are registered, go to the “action buffet” to send FREE faxes now.
    They are all typed up and ready to go, you just need to click your mouse to send.
    Forward this to everyone you know.

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  • dbarco

    M.J. obviously didn’t go to school, judging from the run on sentence! This looking the other way when there is crime is the reason Mexico is in such a mess. (OK, one of the reasons!) If a country doesn’t protect its’ borders, then it will go down just like ‘Rome did. If the pro-illegal lobby would only take a strong stance on getting rid of crimianl illegals, I would be a little more understanding about the situation. I am a realist and, yes they’re here and
    some are productive members of society. I would love to see a workable system of legalizing the otherwise law abiding illegals if they are working.
    Our present ecomomic system can’t afford to be spending money on illegals if we can’t take care of our own people!!!! COMMON SENSE!!! It’s like buying my neighbor a new care while I try and live with my 20 year old car!!!

  • Noreen

    Bottom line is they are illegal so why are they allowed to be here in the first place and then we let them get financial aid so this encourages more illegal immigrants since we seem to reward them for being here.

  • Angela

    I can’t wait to break the law. The reward is too good. Free housing, no tax except for what I buy. Free education for my kids and I don’t even have to pay for it. woo hoo! Thank you California and our wonderful governor. I really hope he can always be the governor.

    • Mike

      I broke the law last year to try and prove how the justice “system” in this nation is a joke and that is exactly what I proved. I didn’t get amnesty for my crime, I got eighteen months probation and thousands in restitution payments. Not to mention lawyer fees. Fk this country, I hope Iran nukes America.

      The only advice I have for people is, stop paying taxes! If everyone who is angry about illegal immigration stop filing their income taxes the government wouldn’t have the man power to go after everyone. It would take them decades to do it. Starve the system, let the socialist democrat pigs pay for illegals.

      And remember, illegal is not a race, it is a crime. It’s not about skin color, it’s about following laws.

  • adam

    I work hard and pay all my taxes throughout my life. I am trying to put my kids to college and they don’t qualify for financial aid because I am making too much. What kind of BS is that! I may as well stop working and collect Obama’s money so my kids can go to college.

    Brown…wait until next election year!

  • Luiz

    Perfect, California spends BILLIONS on Illegal Immigrants every year!!! It’s a bad idea even if we had the money to spend. Unfortunately we don’t, and there are cuts to essential services like Police, Fire, Paramedics, Public Works, etc. Why don’t we charge a toll for immigrants to enter at the Mexico Border, at least that way Mexican Nationals would pay for illegal mexicans educations.

  • Steve Rhoades

    Awarding in state tuition to illegal aliens is fiscally irresponsible and patently unfair.
    Push your state representative to make a change. Google this: NUMBERSUSA .
    Once you are registered, go to the “action buffet” to send free faxes to you state representative.
    They are all typed up and ready to go, you just need to click your mouse to send.

  • Bruno G

    My parents are immigrants. They came here legally after wwII. But they were not allowed to immigrate unless they first had sponsors. And even then they were screened for their health and political views. Once here, untill they became citizens in the late 80’s they had to stay registered with the government telling the government where they lived and where they worked. These illegals come here and then clamor for their “rights”. These people are a slap in the face to my parents and everyone else who jumped through the hoops and came here legally.

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