Wednesday August 23rd 2017

Governor Brown Signs Dream Act

Free News Press – California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed the controversial Dream Act Friday.

Authored by Assembly-member Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), the new law will allow children who were brought into the country under the age of 16 without proper visas/immigration documentation to receive student financial aid. Students will also pay the California-resident cost for their education, not the higher non-resident fees.

On July 25th Brown signed AB 130 into law and on October 8th he signed AB 131. While the first part of the California Dream Act allowed access to private money, the second part of the package allows undocumented students access to public funds.

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

It is estimated that 25,000 undocumented students graduate from high school each year in California. The California Department of Finance expects 2,500 students to qualify for Cal Grants as a result of AB 131.

Similar bills were vetoed by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Two other states, Texas and New Mexico, offer undocumented students of illegal aliens access to public funding.

By: Jerry Miller

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