Gov. Brown signs second part of California Dream Act

Mario Castillo stands with a red cap and blue gown to celebrate the passing of AB 131 with fellow interns at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles on September 2, 2011. The California Dream Act was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Simon Gambaryan / Daily Sundial
Mario Castillo stands with a red cap and blue gown to celebrate the passing of AB 131 with fellow interns at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles on September 2, 2011. The California Dream Act was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown. Simon Gambaryan / Daily Sundial

Undocumented students are now eligible for state financial aid to attend public universities and community colleges, after Gov. Brown signed the second part of the Dream Act Saturday.The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act gave undocumented students access to private grants and scholarships when AB 130 was signed in July.

AB 131, the second part of the act, will give these students access to Cal-Grants and other state funded programs beginning in 2013, according to the LA Times. They will also be eligible for institutional grants at any University of California and California State University, and a permit to receive a fee waiver at community colleges.

Eligibility for these funds is restricted to students who have graduated from a California high school after attending the in-state institution for at least three years, show that they are applying to legalize their status and show financial need, according to the LA Times.

Many undocumented students are not able to attend college without financial assistance. Almost 40 percent of undocumented students families’ live below the federal poverty line, compared to 17 percent for native-born families, according to the Immigration Policy Center.

Gov. Brown fulfilled a campaign promise to give eligible students access to college, despite immigration status, by signing the Dream Act.

AB 540, passed in October 2001, which allows undocumented students to pay in-state tuition, inspired the Dream Act. Since then a federal Dream Act has been discussed, but fell 8 votes short during a Senate vote in 2007, according to the United States Student Association.

A UCLA study concluded $3.6 trillion could have been made if the federal bill was passed 40 years ago.

“There’s potential of them contributing greatly to our economy and to our social needs,” said Dr. David Rodriguez, CSUN Chicana/o studies department chair told the Sundial in September. “I think the underlying feature is that it’s good for not only the undocumented students, it’s good for our economy and good for our nation.”

Ten other states have passed laws that allow undocumented students to receive in-state tuition, including Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin, according to the Immigration Policy Center.  Nine other states, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, and Rhode Island, are currently considering adopting similar laws.

  • Databone

    Is this going to be

    reciprocal?  That American kids can go illegally to other countries and get educational benefits?  I don’t think so.

  • Hbeng176

    Does no one read closely?  The Act doesn’t guarentee $$ to anyone.  It simply makes these students ELIGIBLE to apply when before they could not.  As far as driving people away, well, that’s your choice. 

    • David the small-L libertarian

      It’s a distinction without a difference.  Taxpayer money will be used to send illegal aliens to public university.  That’s the issue.

  • Anonymous


    When California has a $20 to 24 billion dollar deficit, amid the State
    suffocating under the millions of illegal immigrants that have invaded,
    that passing illegal immigrant ‘Dream Act’ defies any logic? California has now
    joined Texas and a few other states, giving taxpayers money for tuition, while
    legal Texas students are left out? Where does Liberal Governor Jerry Brown
    have the nerve to add another $23 million to $40 million annually for taxpayer
    backed tuition for illegal immigrant students?  It’s estimated that 2,500
    illegal alien students will qualify for taxpayer aid under the bill. This is
    the height of disgusting and incomprehensible when US citizens and legal
    resident, cannot get in-state tuition after their family brought them to
    America through legal means or the baby was born here. Brown may have past a
    Californians version of the unsuccessful policy, but those children and adult
    students have no citizenship standing? They cannot gain any citizen rights
    under the current system and can still be arrested under current law—unless
    President Obama has another cheap trick, like bypassing the “rule of



    Adverse politicians to this ‘Dream
    Act’ law stated, that it will further attract millions more foreign
    nationals, across the state border. California–A far left Liberal state and
    identified as a Sanctuary State, will soon be very much aware of not only more
    people pouring through the border or flying into LAX international air
    terminal. But hundreds of thousands, may be millions will skirt immigration
    laws and illegal alien families will further collapse any chance of California
    outgrowing their financial insolvency, as  scatterings from the new 
    enforcement policing laws enacted currently  in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia
    and very soon arrive in that state.  Jerry Brown will have to face the
    voters in the future, when the reckoning comes? But then Jerry Brown and his
    minions in the state capitol of Sacramento is immersed in Liberal doctrines,
    that’s why the Golden State has massive welfare problems.



    There is a grading system for immigration records for each
    member of the GOP contenders for President and by reading this chart at
    NumbersUSA, you can judge for yourself, who clearly has the best evaluation of
    working for the American people and not the special interest lobbyists. Rick
    Perry, former Texas governor has poor results and the only personages who show
    great promise is Bachmann, Cain, Romney, with the rest of the pack trailing behind.
    Rick Perry however did try to pass a Voter ID law, but it was lost in a
    filibuster by the Democrats,. The left will do anything to alter the direction
    of close elections—even to turning a blind eye to illegal aliens voting and
    destroying the integrity of citizens voting. When America is trying to overcome
    the 14 Trillion dollar federal deficit, we cannot afford to keep subsidizing
    the rest of the world’s poor. In fact the daily quota of illegal aliens who
    slip past our fence, just adds to the poverty already spreading here. Much of
    that poverty is brought into our nation, by these very individual, that ICE and
    the Border Patrol try to keep out.





    The agenda of the U.S. Government
    have cultivated this mess over thirty years, but the major dilemma came after
    the 1986 Immigration Control and reform Act.  Now that Governor Brown
    has signed into law the state-only ’Dream Act’ he has assured illegal
    immigrants will get–public money. Whether they get tuition money from
    Taxpayers, they are still illegal aliens and under the new Lamar Smith’s E-Very
    bill, their illegal parents will have to self deported, once they find jobs are
    no longer available to them. This is because “LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT” (H.R.
    2885) after passage, will be a mandatory deterrent, to rid foreigners taking
    jobs from Americans workers. Corporations, businesses–large or small, will be
    held accountable, specifically under the growing nationwide influence of the



    Company owners who still feel they
    have free reign and not subject  to the law, will find themselves on the
    wrong end of sudden ICE audits, Hiring foreigners will be risking
    activity and their  their company license could be canceled, then
    alternatively facing huge fines, confiscation of assets and even imprisonment.
    This is by far a very serious issue, because no matter which way you look at
    it, this is about obnoxious greed; profiting from the unfortunate 14 million
    U.S. Citizen and legal worker, who are being extricated in lieu of cheap labor.
    Even now Business that have illegal nationals in their employ, best be on their
    guard as the word in out to inform the ICE agencies, of suspicious incidents of
    employment irregularities. Here is the phone number to report unusual goings-on
    1-866-DHS-2ICE (866-347-2423). SEE SOMETHING? DO SOMETHING?

    Obama’s main players like Eric
    Holder and the Dept of IN-Justice are resolute in secret situations as
    selectivity in deportations. Just because an illegal alien has no heinous
    criminal record, you could actually walk free? This is not how our immigration
    laws are written? You enter America in violation of the law, you should be
    deported. There are very few mitigating circumstances. This is particularly
    wrong when thousands of legitimate new immigrants must wait their turn, waiting
    patiently for years. His executive decisions just draw thousands of more
    foreigners, into our nation looking for free handouts.
    The–Instant–citizenship for babies, under the present 14th
    amendment is a twisted, expensive situation that is just part of the $113
    billion a year paid out in welfare entitlements. Adding California’s ‘Dream
    Act” further is yet another windfall for the 20 million plus foreigners, who
    have settled here in the US. This is unacceptable to the ordinary American
    people, who seem to being placed secondary to these foreign nationals.



     The TEA PARTY is not defined
    by the GOP RINO’s that are the prominent politic of the party proper. The TEA
    PARTY is of a different breed that believes in a moderate government, with less
    intervention in our daily lives. The TEA PARTY is an overhaul of our political
    system, rampant with corruption and greed, that will overturn the tax code,
    that—only—47 percent of America pays, with far too many exceptions, loopholes
    and subsidies. Businessman Herman Cain’s plan of a 9-9-9 tax seems perfectly
    feasible where everybody pays. By now everybody has heard of Farmers complaints
    that their crops are dying in the fields, especial the tomato growers in
    Alabama? What hasn’t been passed on to the general public as admitted in
    farmers interviews with the Huntsville Times, that they couldn’t locate anybody
    to hire that was legally here. They the truth came out in the interviews, which
    they hadn’t even looked for workers at the employment office or advertised in
    the local press.



    One farmer was offered free
    advertising by a community radio station, but that individual refused.
    According to the source some farmers were only paying illegal aliens $2.00 a
    box, but sold their tomatoes for $10.00 a box. Something is definitely wrong
    with this picture. Adding insult to injury the farmers were clearing over
    $200.000 in profit. Then incredulously the farmers and the big agricultural
    concerns give no benefits to their workers, so not only do the taxpayers have
    to pay for hospital visits, from the flue to a serious injury; for the whole
    family as well. Then the children have free education, thanks to the gullible
    American taxpayer. I am sure illegal aliens and taxpayers are exploited in any
    other state, in California for sure. The coastal state has one of the massive
    growing systems throughout this nation, and greedy farmers pay little for the
    work, placing the whole weight of their illegal aliens living here on the
    taxpayers. Internal ICE agents do not have the manpower to raid every
    despicable farm owners acreage, but this nefarious situation is sure to be
    prevalent everywhere.  



    If you haven’t really noticed where
    ICE agents have raided businesses annually–from meat packing plants, carpet
    warehouses, restaurant chains, supermarkets, hotels, construction sites,
    companies have quickly advertised from new workers as the illegal aliens not
    apprehended, have fled. Within a few days there are new lines of potential
    lawful labor of black, white, Hispanic gender waiting for the chance of a job.
     A chicken processing plant in Albertville,
    Alabama hired 125 LEGAL employees this week, to replace the 125 illegal aliens
    that left their jobs and fled the state—this just informs you that ICE
    enforcement is working. Contact your own local Senator or Representative
    or federal politician at 202-224-3121 and insist on E-Verify, “LEGAL


    Old Vet saying, “Stand next to me and you’ll never stand alone.”



  • Curtis

    Great a new generation of “I’M Entitled” and you have to pay for it.

  • CSUNStudent

    Those without an argument often resort to personal attacks.  Stay classy!

  • Anonymous

    Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. NOW is the correct time to study contact your local University also check for an interesting article called “High Speed University” on web

  • A better solution to the undocumented problem would have been to remove remove job restrictions; including the minimum wage. Not to mention removing or restricting welfare programs. Get rid of the state involvement’s of education if you really want to increase the ease of attending a college.

    In the absence of work restrictions those undocumented who seriously were here to work can do so without hinderance; that is if they can provide a service that someone else would employ them for. If they seriously believe they or their children would do better with a college degree they can take a loan or pay off tuition with savings. The removal of the minimum wage would not only decrease the unemployment rate, but remove the incentive of hiring black market labor in those areas where the minimum wage has made it impractical to hire labor through the normal channels.

    I hope it goes without saying that the removal of the welfare program will be a severe incentive for rent seekers to leave this nation. Only those who wish to work will remain then.

  • Enoughalready

    That is it. What a bunch of completely idiotic morons. I pay more in taxes than the average Californian because I have 3 legal jobs. I am also putting 3 kids through college. I am a legal alien. You have convinced another legally working professional to leave this state.
    It is only a matter of time before the state tax goes up again to pay for this b-shit.

    • NoOneCaresAboutYou

      yayyyy you’re leaving. 

  • Anonymous

    Need for transparency at University of California
    Berkeley has never been so clear. Chancellor Robert
    J Birgeneau ($500,000 salary) displaces qualified for public university
    education at Cal.
    instate Californians for a $50,600 payment and a foreign passport.


    UC Berkeley, ranked # 70 Forbes, is not increasing
    enrollment.  Birgeneau accepts $50,600
    FOREIGN students at the expense of qualified Californians.


    UC Regent Chairwoman Lansing and President Yudof agree to discriminate
    against instate Californians for foreigners. Birgeneau, Yudof, Lansing need to answer to Californians.


    Opinions make a difference; email UC Board of Regents

  • David the small-L libertarian

    And the precipitous decline of the U.S., led by Kalifornia, continues.

    A UCLA study concluded $3.6 trillion could have been made if the federal bill was passed 40 years ago.

    Your link to the UCLA study doesn’t work; however common sense says that this is more agenda-driven liberal B.S.  So, about 1/4 of the national debt could have been paid for, if only we had sent illegal aliens to college.  Yeah, right…  Maybe if we had sent them back to their home countries we would have saved that much.  Maybe more!

    So, (legal) citizens of California:  What is it going to take to make you stop voting for Democrats?

    • Old Glory

      “So, (legal) citizens of California:  What is it going to take to make you stop voting for Democrats?” 

      When the Republicans get off the anti-abortion, anti-gun law, anti-gay, pro-school prayer, big business supporting, anti-climate agenda.

      • David the small-L libertarian

        Nice collection of left-wing, half-truth talking points.

    • Anonymous

      The link has been updated.  Thank you for informing us of that technical difficulty.