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State Assembly Approves “California Dream Act”

The state Assembly has approved a bill that would allow college students who are illegal immigrants to apply for private scholarships.

Lawmakers on Thursday passed AB130, by Democratic Assemblyman Gil Cedillo of Los Angeles, on a 51-21 party-line vote.

The bill affects students who are in the country illegally but are paying in-state tuition at California colleges and universities. It allows them to collect scholarships not funded by public dollars.

Another bill by Cedillo, still in committee, would make those students eligible for state-funded financial aid. Cedillo called

his bill The California Dream Act, but unlike the federal Dream Act legislation it does not include a path to citizenship.

He said students should not be punished because their parents brought them into the country illegally. AB130 heads to the Senate.

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HarryStreet | May 6, 2011 at 6:12 p.m. ― 3 years, 5 months ago

I'm not one who believes we should make it easy for illegal immigrants. Contrary to popular belief, I do not believe their coming here illegally helps them at all. Instead it continues a peaceful existence of the status quo, which is to say a continued existence in abject poverty.

However, the human side of me says we must help our brothers and sisters regardless of nationality. That is who we are. Americans. I only wish and pray that the illegal immigrants benefiting here in the US can take what they learn here to improve the culture and way of life in their country. As it is now, the bulk of money earned in America and returned to their country falls in the hands of the rich. It does nothing to improve job security, jobs at all, education, the building of schools and the like.

When are the people of such countries going to stop with the attitude, "This is the way it has always been here."

How does that constitute change? All too often illegal immigrants come here with no intention of returning to their native land. And I really don't blame them.

So what's the answer?

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