California dreaming

California’s Dream Act, which offers state aid to undocumented college students, passed the Legislature on Friday; Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill.

High school graduates with three or more years in California could apply for Cal Grants, which pay for tuition, fees, books and living expenses for lower-income students.

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, introduced the bill and said that it is necessary to ensure that California has an educated workforce in the future, including students who didn’t come to the country by their own choice but excelled in school.

“We will need them for our future, for our position in the global economy,” he said. “We don’t have one student to spare.”

Democrats passed the bill on a party-line vote.

The bill is expected to cost the state up to $40 million per year to fund grants to an estimated 34,000 community college students, 3,600 in the California State University system, and as many as 642 in the University of California system.

Once students earn degrees, they’ll be unable to work legally in the state, critics said. The federal Dream Act, which includes a path to citizenship through college attendance or military service, has failed repeatedly.

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  1. superdestroyer says:

    Since the students do not have established identities, then how can the State of California be certain the students are who they say they are? When the students apply for financial aid, whose identity do they use? How does the student document parents income and assets?

    All students should claim that they are illegal aliens and that they do not have any documentation of their parents income.

  2. This is a great blog for thoughtful teachers and school leaders. There is a similar blog over at americasclassroom@wordpress.com that I find to be of great value as well. I encourage others to check it out.

  3. The State of California is slashing services to its citizens left and right but it has $40 Million to pay for financial aid for foreign nationals living illegally in the state? This is so wrong on so many levels…

  4. I agree with the above comments. In addition, how many of the students are even prepared for college-level work, as opposed to needing remedial classes? What is the likelihood that they will earn a credential or degree?

    Those questions should be asked regarding legal citizens, as well; both at state and national levels. Why should taxpayers pay for remediation for any students? They’ve already funded 13 years of school.

  5. Richard Aubrey says:

    I have a relation who is a teacher in the LAUSD. She was visiting when the no-layoff for teachers law was passed. She wondered where they’d get the money. But, not being a CA native, that’s the kind of question she would ask.

  6. Given the huge demand for educated workers in Mexico, not being able to work in the States may not be a problem. Being middle class in Mexico is pretty nice.

  7. Re: AB 131

    Here’s what we have to look forward to, with audio links, even:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/hispanicleaders.asp

  8. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    The California Nightmare Act is an end run around Congress and the voters. I would expect nothing less from Gov. Moonbeam… the lefties who run California state government are truly morally, as well as fiscally, bankrupt. It’s a giant “F You: to all the legal immigrants who played by the rules and took their turn in line. As a teacher, it’s especially egregious that many legal immigrant and native-born families are priced out of higher education, while illegal immigrants are rewarded for breaking the law. The lame argument is that we shouldn’t punish illegals who came over here as childfren; the opposite is true– we shouldn’t punish the taxpayers for the crimes of those parents who made the conscious and risky decision to emigrate illegally. The motives of those illegal parents–to seek a better life, while noble, doesn’t justify lawbreaking–and they should be willing to accept the consequences. Unfortunately, there are no consequences, only rewards, in the upside down world of the Left. And nowhere is the entitlement mentality more prevalent than in the once-great state of California.

  9. Richard Aubrey says:

    nails. I can see the evidence of entitlement.
    But the illegals aren’t voting–we’re assured, anyway–and it’s the legislature which did this.
    How about CA has a built-in bias toward sticking it to the man, the man being anybody who plays by the (bourgeois and oppressive) rules. So they did this, screwing over the legals, the taxpayers, the natives who want to go to college, just for grins.

  10. In 2020 California is going to formally request to secede from the United States and apply for statehood in Mexico. That’s why California acts like it does; it doesn’t see itself as a member of our Union anymore; more like a lame duck member secretly planning to leave and taking this chance to spend all the resources it can drain away from the U.S. in the meantime…