SACRAMENTO (KCBS) -— A campaign to repeal the California Dream Act has the green light to start collecting signatures to qualify a measure for next year’s November ballot.

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen said Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly can begin his petition drive to overturn the Dream Act, recently signed into law by Governor Brown.

Donnelly and a group of people want to reverse the decision by Brown to give financial aid to college students who are undocumented immigrants.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

“There are all kinds of things that we could have done with that money other than give it to people who come to the country illegally, so that they can have their college dream,” he said.

Donnelly is outraged that the cash-strapped state will give Cal Grants to students who are illegal immigrants, even calling dubbing the signing of the bill as the “nightmare act”.

But Democratic Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, who wrote the bill that Brown signed said repealing it will hurt, not help, California in the long run.

“Our economy is in need of an educated workforce and that’s what that bill does. His [Donnelly’s] proposal takes us in the other direction,” said Cedillo.

Donnelly said he should have enough volunteers to gather the necessary 504 thousand valid signatures by the January 6th deadline.

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Comments (6)
  1. Guapi says:

    Brown is such a fool. All it does is encourage more people to come here illegally. Only to become citizens later and vote for democrats.

  2. Ashley says:

    Make them pay for it just like our CITIZENS are doing

  3. Andrew Cannady says:

    Where do I sign up???????

  4. jose sanchez says:

    hello, I just went to walmart today and I saw a man standing in front of the store. When I was coming out of the store, he ask me if I wanted to save money on insurance And I said no. But I notice that he had a cardboard in front of his table that read “repeal dream act, signature here” I just thought that was funny and maybe Ilegal. Pretty much he was trying to sell me some kind of insurance (cover up) but at the same time had that poster to gather signature to repeal the dream act.

  5. LJ says:

    I think I would have done it the other way. Push the repeal of the Illegal $$ giveaway and if they stopped then talk about insurance. I’m sure the repeal will have a much better responce.

  6. Bob Bobo says:

    Under Jerry Brown’s, Caltrans has undertook a massive project on our state’s highways which is luxurious and cosmetic during this time of homelessness and unemployment for many Californians. It will undoubtedly cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

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