Recently, Governor Jerry Brown signed part one of California’s DREAM Act into law.
This particular bill, which gives funding to illegal immigrant students, is blatant amnesty. This particular legislation comprises two parts—AB 130 and AB 131. The author of both bills is Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles).
AB 130 grants private scholarships to illegal immigrant students who qualify under this provision. Brown signed the bill into law on July 25, 2011:
This bill would provide that, on and after January 1, 2012, a student attending the California State University, the California Community Colleges, or the University of California who is exempt from paying nonresident tuition under the provision described above would be eligible to receive a scholarship derived from nonstate funds received, for the purpose of scholarships, by the segment at which he or she is a student.
Part two (AB 131) grants public funds to qualifying illegal immigrant students. This provision was passed in the State Senate Appropriations Committee on August 26th, 2011. The legislature has until September 9 to pass it, and Governor Brown has until September 30 to sign the bill into law:
This bill would exempt a student who has attended, for 3 or more years, at least one of which shall have been in a high school, and graduated from, secondary school in California from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges and the California State University.
Interestingly enough, Governor Brown might veto AB131.
Gov. Brown seems to have made his broader philosophical decision on the question of providing support for students who are in the country illegally,” Schnur said. “Now he’s got to decide whether he can afford it. It’s a much more difficult decision than the first one.
Nevertheless, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia) believes that this bill will further cripple California’s economy.
“AB 131, the second part of the California `DREAM Act,’ is a nightmare for citizens,” Donnelly said. “Students are already struggling to pay increased tuition and many cannot even get into the classes they need, but the Legislature continues to pretend we can afford this entitlement. The simple truth is, everyone including the governor knows we can’t.”
California faces a budget shortfall of 26 billion dollars. Universities across the Golden State are already facing massive budget cuts. Rest assured, the California DREAM Act will be a nightmare for taxpayers.
*UPDATE: AB 131 was signed into law on August 31, 2011.