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DREAM Act Referendum Falls Short

Aired 1/6/12 on KPBS News.

An effort to overturn a new law that makes some undocumented immigrants eligible for college financial aid has failed. Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly announced Friday he could not gather enough signatures to force a voter referendum.

The two-part California DREAM Act was signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year. The first half makes undocumented college students eligible for private scholarships. That took effect at the start of the new year.

The second half extends that eligibility to public scholarships like Cal Grants, and that's the part Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly hoped to give voters a chance to overturn. But Donnelly said his campaign fell about ten percent short of the roughly five-hundred-thousand signatures needed to qualify.

Still, he called the effort a warning to the governor and Democratic lawmakers - who, he said, "want to raise our taxes to put the college dreams of illegals ahead of our own children." With the referendum now dead, undocumented college students can receive public scholarships starting in January 2013.

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CaliforniaDefender | January 7, 2012 at 1:02 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

Not enough visibility for the referendum effort. 74 days to collect over a half million signatures is tough. Hopefully another attempt will be made to wake up California from the Dream Act.

Remember Californians, say no to any tax increases. They will simply be put towards funding such terrible programs as this.

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Brittanicus | January 7, 2012 at 2:11 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

President Obama has persistently promised that his aim is to pass any form of Amnesty, and that he is accomplishing this without the consent of Congress. It is obvious that this has been approved for the abundant votes for President Obama’s reelection, as this will accommodate all those here illegally and favorable to families with roots here. I just want to know how the Obama administration is going to add $2.6 Trillion dollars to arrange this covert amnesty, since Robert Rector of the prestigious Heritage Foundation has reported. For decades now the majority of Americans have been blatantly clear, that they don't want any amnesty and just to follow the law. Not only is this a key issue--but in a Rasmussen national telephone survey released in November shows that 65 percent of voters oppose birth-right citizenship, for babies of illegal alien mothers.

Of course now we have to depend on the new presidential candidates, to rescind any laws that are inherently not constitutional? We have already seen the court-forced appropriations of taxpayers’ money to support not only the 20 million illegal aliens who have arrived here and stayed, but the most deplorable judicial response to the 14th amendment. It's clear that Americans are angry at having to pay for the smuggled babies of illegal alien mothers. These Individuals have violated our laws to enter the United States and in thousands of cases intentionally becoming pregnant, so they have a chance to override the citizenship law and able to stay. Once pregnant, illegal females are usually not applicable for deportation, so then they can take full advantage of the child's right to citizenship. Owing to the massive expenditures to county and municipal hospitals, each year over 300--to 450.000 illegal alien mother or parent can ride the child's welfare, food stamps, low income housing. That only ‘Birthright Citizenship Bill’ (H.R.140) can rescind this judicial misinterpreted assessment piece in the 14th Amendment.

Along with ‘Legal Workforce Act,’ (H.R. 2885) or publicly known better as Mandatory E-Verify, we can begin to arrest and eventually halt illegal immigration. If our incoherent lawmakers introduce the Lamar Smith bill in the House, then aliens now working illegally throughout the United States will be unable to find work. The core problem is that businesses have ignored these laws, because they were able to strongly influence Congress. But with H.R.2885 passed in Washington, these company owners will be facing harsh penalties, including prison. There is relevant information for you to read at the pro-sovereignty and limited legal immigration at NumbersUSA web-pages.

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Brittanicus | January 7, 2012 at 2:11 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

The liberal press and open border opponents have in desperation tried hard to asphyxiate these mentioned laws, explicitly Mandatory E-Verify. This is predominant policy of the Left wing in the Democrat party who has been incessantly pressing to stifle the TEA PARTY. They cannot comprehend that tens of millions of people are joining the TEA PARTY or that the TEA PARTY is succeeding in its recruitment of uncountable numbers of ordinary voters. Thousands of citizens and legal residents of all nationalities have been greeted and are now paralyzing the ‘Pro Quid pro’, or simple put “favor for a favor”; what has always been the established way of corruption in Congress. The TEA PARTY is 'everybody' in America, which is an every racial mix and not just white people? Although special interests have rotted away at our politician’s sense of integrity, a new hierarchy of earnest TEA PARTY leaders is overhauling the House, with their honest tenancy. Long term career politicians have seen the writing on the wall and packing their bags, already assured of a new job at the distasteful K street lobbyist Den. The legislator favor-buyers have already made millions from their special privileges, but the door is closing and a new ‘hopefully’ honest tier of fresh faces are in the Senate and House, by the behest of the peoples vote.

Everybody is complaining about both parties in Washington, but are hesitant to find a few minutes to contact their Senators or Congress persons at 202-224-3121, demanding their lawmakers vote for both federal mandatory E-Verify and amending the ‘Birthright Citizenship' Bill. These two laws must find passage before the offset of the 2012 election. Once enacted into law a massive exodus will commence, as illegal aliens and family members will return to their country of origin. The average American does not seem to understand they have all the power in their VOTE? They remain unconvinced that their angry voice can change the insidious direction we are facing in a Socialist inspired future, evident of this engorged current government who are changing the ‘Rule of Law’.


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HarryStreet | January 7, 2012 at 3:29 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

This is a good thing. It demonstrates how we want to help even those who break our laws by entering America illegally. We are telling people we still can turn the cheek and help.

....The supporters of this measure should argue on the steps of Mexico and other Latin nations what they should do to improve their nations as a way of providing a better life for their citizens. That would help curb illegal immigration too.

No cynicism here. If you think we can continue like this you're not being realistic. 12 million illegal immigrants and counting.

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Missionaccomplished | January 7, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

KPBS, when signonsandiego decided to go FB in an attempt to create more "civility" among some of its more rabid posters, the cowards chose to stop posting and ran to other sites which they had previously ignored. Above are two examples.

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CaliforniaDefender | January 8, 2012 at 12:52 a.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago


Surely you're not referring to my post.

That aside, the UT's decision to silence the vast majority of its commenting population did result in many seeking (or returning to) the fresh air of KPBS.

The UT is no longer a news source that promotes free speech and intellectual debate. Understandably, many former readers have left the withering paper and its rapidly declining circulation to the confines of the recycle bin.

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Peking_Duck_SD | January 8, 2012 at 5:27 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

@Brittanicus - more right-wing spam from you? And again, your posts aren't even accurate. Obama has deported record numbers of illegal immigrants, and the last major amnesty the United States had was under Ronald Reagan.

If you are against illegal immigration, fine, have that debate. But get the ridiculous partisan crap out of it. Republicans have been no better at enforcing illegal immigration when they are in office. And both Republicans and Democrats are competing for the Latino vote.

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benz72 | January 10, 2012 at 11:12 a.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

I agree, the debate about policy is useful. Reposting platforms is not.

On that note, providing financial incentives to come and/or stay seems counter to the purpose of reducing illegal immigration. This is especially onerous when it occurs at the same time as a record budget deficit and a referendum to raise taxes.

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Missionaccomplished | January 10, 2012 at 11:43 a.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

CA OFFENDER writes: "The UT is no longer a news source that promotes free speech and intellectual debate."

You mean because of the new owner Manchester? Now you sound like a . . . heaven forbid, "liberal."

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