Brown signs California Dream Act

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the California Dream Act, which makes illegal immigrants eligible for state financial aid at public universities and community colleges, reports the Los Angeles Times.

However, the governor vetoed a bill that would have allowed state universities to consider applicants’ race, gender and income to ensure diversity.  A state initiative bans college admission preferences based on race and ethnicity.

Brown also vetoed a bill that would have made it harder to start charter schools.

The California Dream Act applies to students who’ve graduated from state high school after attending for at least three years and have affirmed they’re trying to legalize their status. Starting in 2013, they’ll be able to apply for Cal-Grants for low-income students, University of California and California State University grants and community college fee waivers.

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

The Dream Act will allow 2,500 additional students to qualify for Cal-Grants  at a cost of $14.5 million, Brown estimates.  That represents 1 percent of the total cost.

The state budget is in the red. More cuts to higher education are likely.  Already, students are having trouble getting into the classes they need, especially at the community college level.

Republicans predict the Dream Act will draw more illegal immigrants to the state. A state initiative to repeal the bill is likely.

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  1. What do you expect when you have a space alien for a governor. He’s sympathetic to all the other aliens.

  2. And who will employ those illegal immigrants when they graduate? Unfortunately, they will be working the same jobs as their parents.

  3. Bill Leonard says:

    Financially, California is in about the same shape as Greece — that is, teetering on the abyss of failed statehood. But somehow the far-left leaning majority in the legislature and the loathsome, incompetent governor (whose wrong-headed approach to fiscal matters was partially responsible for the passage of Prop. 13 when he was governor the first time around) think there’s at extra $14.5 million available to make a college education easier for foreign nationals living here illegally.

    Meanwhile, to the surprise of no thinking person, every year California reports a net population loss (out-migration?) of the middle- and upper middle-class folk who actually pay taxes and run businesses that provide jobs. A great many who can afford to do so are getting out — and taking their money and talent with them.

  4. Do US citizens who are active-duty military and their families get in-state tuition (let alone state financial aid) if they graduate from a state HS but have residence in another state? Since they are moved so frequently, most military don’t change their state residence every time they move (federal law states they don’t have to). For example, a teammate of one of my kids turned 14 in May and the familiy was transferred out of state in June; it was her 8th move. I’m guessing that many/most states do not offer this(and I know MD didn’t when we lived there) – so illegals get treated better (both in terms of favored admission status as in-staters and financially) than citizens in the military and their families.

  5. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    Of course, this Nightmare Act was passed over the weekend…less overt media coverage and audience. This is par for the course for Gov. Moonbeam. The 1965 Hart-Celler Act (subverting all previous immigration laws and essentially allowing hordes of low-skilled, uneducated 3rd world immigrants and their families while severely restricting immigration from Europe and other first world countries, effectively changing the demographics of our country for generations to come), the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli Act, signed by Reagan, allowing de facto amnesty for at least 4 million illegal aliens, while failing to provide the security along the border that the law promised, and the cottage industry of leftist ethnic interest groups, ie. La Raza, MALDEF, etc.–and the complete capitulation of our society to politically correct drivel and intimidation….have led us to this type of bad law and even worse public policy. I only wish Gov. Moonbeam had children actually attending once-great public schools now overtaken by dumbed down curricula, beleaguered teachers who just want to teach, (not become social workers and policemen,) graffiti and other filth, and apathetic students whose families just see the school as a daytime babysitter. I wish Gov. Moonbeam had to wait hours in an emergency room so overrun with uninsured illegals, that what should take a few hours turns into an all day or night ordeal. I wish Gov. Moonbeam would understand that people who break our laws, no matter how pure of heart, are not entitled to public subsidies, nor are their children. Time to recall Moonbeam!

    • But Moonbeam is what the people of California want. They elected Schwarzenegger but rejected his propositions, which would have helped prevent California’s current fiscal crisis. The governator then understood that he’d been elected not to institute responsible public policy but to…well, I don’t know why he was elected except that people were unhappy with Grey Davis. California is actually more a part of some kind of Pacific Rim autonomous region allied closely with Latin America. Immigration (legal and illegal) and the far left have destroyed the Golden State. I wish all that you wish and more upon the house of Brown. Nevertheless, the people of California deserve what they get, but as bad as things are, things can still get worse. Can you say Governor Villaraigosa?

  6. Hilarious… Can’t wait what all the conservatives are going to say once Perry, who passed the equivalent law in Texas, wins the Republican nomination.

    • Former TX Teacher says:

      Yes and Perry didn’t wait. That became TX law in the early 2000s. If I am not mistaken, TX was the first state to pass such a law.

  7. I heard on the radio this morning that there’s already been paperwork filed to create a repeal referendum petition. If Assemblyman Donnelly gathers enough signatures to qualify it for the ballot, I think it’ll get overwhelmingly approved.

  8. I figure California will implode within ten years. A lot more residents will leave the state, most of the cities will all become like Vallejo (bankrupt, with most city services shut down) and the whole place will take on a post-apocalyptic vibe. High-end real estate will have private security and everyone else will be subject to survival of the fittest.

    This will continue for a generation or more, until the hearty few who are left take back control. In a hundred years, it will likely be a very responsible place again. Sort of like A Canticle for Liebowitz, but with less radiation.