SACRAMENTO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill that will let students who entered the country illegally receive private financial aid at California’s public colleges, even as debate continues over a more contentious bill that would allow
access to public funding.

The Democratic governor signed AB130 at Los Angeles City College. It is the first of a two-bill package referred to as the California Dream Act, which is aimed at getting financial aid for college students who entered the country illegally.

“It’s crucial that we invest in every child that lives and is born in this state. Signing this Dream Act is another piece of investment in people because people drive the culture, the economy,” Brown told a crowd of about 100 students and community leaders who gathered inside the city college’s library. “This is another piece of a very important mosaic which is a California that works for everyone.”

The governor did not address the second bill in the package, which is more contentious because it would allow illegal immigrants to receive state-funded scholarships and financial aid. That bill, AB131, is in the state Senate.

The legislative package authored by state Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, differs from the federal Dream Act, which would include a path to citizenship for those bought to the country illegally as children.

Critics of the package say granting public or private financial aid to illegal immigrants will force citizens and students who are here legally to compete with them for limited resources.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, said California’s public colleges and universities have already had to raise tuition fees in the face of recent budget cuts.

“Bottom line is California doesn’t have enough money to take care of its obligations to its citizens right now,” Donnelly said. “The people, who if they’re lucky enough to have jobs, certainly would like those limited resources to go to their children or grandchildren. They certainly wouldn’t want that to go to people who come here illegally.”

Cedillo said he admired the students without legal status because of the obstacles they have had to overcome. He said allowing students to qualify for private scholarships and financial aid is one step that will help them get through college.

“Public education in this great state and this great country is a great equalizer of society,” he said.

California’s community college and public universities systems support the bill, noting that it affects less than 1 percent of their student population. According to the University of California, fewer than 80 students across its system of more than 220,000 students would be affected by the bill signed Monday.

The California State University estimated that some of the 3,600 students who have permission to pay in-state tuition rates even though they lack legal documentation could be affected by the new law. The CSU system enrolls about 440,000 students.

At least one student who stands to benefit from the California Dream Act said an education will improve his perspective and quality of life even if he’ll still have trouble finding work out of college. Rigoberto Barboza, a 21-year-old from Mexico who studies sociology at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., said the new law could help him take more courses and finish sooner.

“Education is the only way to free from oppression — this oppression we illegals live with,” he said. “Education allows me to see which laws affect us and how.”

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Comments (40)
  1. Todd says:

    Yep. Just keep on rewarding those who break the law. I truly, truly do not understand why this country has so many politicians who care more for illegal aliens than their own citizens. It is absolute treason.

    1. Big H says:

      This guy was an idiot the first time as Govenor, I am in shock since he was voted in again

    2. Karen says:

      Let’s RECALL Jerry Brown. I have had it. This tops it all. Who’s with me?

      I need a Republican with deep pockets. Meg, I know you have a great new job. Can you help?

      1. egolite says:

        Didn’t you already vote for a Rep. with deep pockets? You see what happened there.

    3. steve b says:

      Thank you for stating my thoughts exactly!

    4. Ron says:

      Todd, check the surname of the politicians that support benefits for illegals. We need to take the names of those politicians and vote them out of office. Gil Cedillo is the one who has been trying to give illegals these benefits for a long time. He is the first one that should be voted out of office. And Jerry Brown is the puppet for these politicians, that have NO RESPECT for the LAW. Cedillo places criminal’s(illegals)rights ahead of legal U.S. Citizens rights. He does not believe in our laws, so is there any reason that he should be allowed to be a politician in the U.S.A. No there isn’t. He belongs in Mexico and he needs to improve conditions there, so the illegals have no need to cross our border.

    5. caloy says:

      Well, the people voted for this guy and we thought that Meg is a illegal symphatizer! wrong!

    6. caloy says:

      Can we impeach a governor? if so can we americans impeach this idiot!

    7. icecream says:

      Todd, why is it that we understand the concept of following the law but those vote wh0res can’t seen to get it ? Illegals can’t even vote (not legally) !!!

  2. TCB1 says:

    I couldn’t agree more Todd. This is truly ridiculous! My son will begin High School this fall and I’ll bet there will be no money available for grants or scholrships when he graduates and he was born here…..what even sounds right about rewarding an ILLEGAL ALIEN? Come on Jerry! Take care of the citizens FIRST!!!!!!!

  3. Terry Ford says:

    I think I’ll go to any other country in the world and see if they will give me money to go to school after I came in illegally.
    We can’t pay our countrys debts, so lets fund people who are here illegally.
    Sure is not the country it was 25 years ago.

    1. Astonished says:

      Better yet see what they do to you when they find out you’re there illegally! Like Mexico for instance. The very least the United States could do to even the playing field is adopt Mexico’s illegal immegration laws! If your caught being in Mexico illegally, you lose all rights, property, and probably your life!

      This is rediculous! My husband and I couldn’t afford to go to college and we couldn’t afford to send our children yet people who SHOULDN’T BE HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE get a free pass. And guess who gets to pick up the tab when they default (and they will because they have no incentive to pay back the money)?! After all what do they care about this country? They didn’t even care enough to enter legally!

  4. Courtlynn says:

    Those Mexican bloodsuckers.

    1. The Big Logic says:

      Your libloon population voted this loser back into office, so you deserve the continuous deterioration of your state, The Mex are going to take whatever they can get, so you can’t blame them for sucking the state dry. You really do have a pitiful existence.

      1. Astonished says:

        And what choice did we have? Did you have a better candidate! It was either him or the opponent who was all for giving illegals everything except our eye teeth and whould have taken California backwards to the 1800s? California voters have only been able to vote for the lesser of two evils for at least the last decade! If there was a better candidate, I’d like to have seen him/her. Were you hidding them in your closet?

  5. melissa says:

    I’m sure Jerry Brown also wants to get them priority registration dates to make sure they can graduate on time while legal California students are forced to pay more and go to school longer. This bill is tossing legal students under the bus. We have to pay more in tuition, spend more years in college just to fund these students. This bill is bull. Because the truth is their illegal parents llist themselves as unemployed and collecting state aid when they have a job that they get paid under the table for.

  6. William Piotrowski says:

    Just unreal! Meanwhile my legal US born children get nothing but increased tuition!

  7. Joe says:

    My wife and I struggle to pay our children’s education and we entered the country legally. We followed the laws and paid taxes. We did everything by the book believing that it is our obligation to follow the law of the land.

    I am appalled to hear that people who broke the law are now going to receive a generous gift of free college education. Are they going to receive free cars too?

    Where the fairness here? Is the strong arm of the law getting weaker now because it is allowing illegals to flourish in this country? What’s next, free housing for illegals? Free trips to Las Vegas?

    Maybe I should relinquish my U.S. citizenship and go overseas then quickly sneak back through the border and apply for this educational program so that I can finish college for FREE! Man, it sure does pay to break the law!

    1. Sally says:

      That’s probably what I will do,go back to my home country and then enter the US illegally.I’m an international student from Europe and this is beyond ridiculous.I had to prove that I’m able to pay the tuition fees+living expenses otherwise the student visa would have been denied.Sorry to say this,but California is really effed up right now.

  8. steve says:

    THEN upon graduation, they LEAVE? after all if they are illegal, they can not get a job here!

    1. Astonished says:

      Sure they can. . .all they have to do is appeal to our present Governor or the Mayor of the Cityof Los Angeles. Wasn’t it Regan who started this by saying that illegal aliens were the best asset California had!

  9. charlie says:

    As a US citizen, if you attend California colleges coming from out of state, you have to pay a higher out of state fee because of the “California’s higher standard of education”. But if you are illegal, then everything’s free.

    California’s going to collapse after this bill, businesses, residents, and homeowner’s going to pay big time for this.

  10. arnold says:

    Didn’t the governor just cut funding for colleges because the state’s going broke ??

  11. Carol says:

    What part of the word illegal does the politicians (specifically Gov. Brown) not understand. They should not be allowed anything here. My kids had to get loans to pay for their college education for which they had to pay back. This is absolutely stupid.

  12. TheWindrunner says:

    How do you Caloons like that? You deserve all the degradation taking place in your sorry state. Hope The Big One is big enough to dispose of all you lunatics.

    1. icecream says:

      Hey Bubba,
      You need to stop banging your ugly sister, quit drinking that bad batch of moonshine and, go brush both of your tooth.

  13. swhitS says:

    Jerry kissed his 2nd term adios!

    1. Ron says:

      He’s TOO OLD to care. He just wants to do as much damage to our state before, he dies.

  14. gp says:

    Un- F’ing incredible!

  15. YO MOMMA says:

    Maybe if you guys took the time to READ and RESEARCH you wouldn’t be so egocentric.

    This law isnt for all illegal immigrants, but for those who truly care about attaining a better future. and im pretty sure none of you are native american to be complaining. study history and see all the damage the US has caused to others.

    1. Astonished says:

      Hey Yo Momma:

      I hate to burst your bubble, but native americans weren’t native either. They entered North America from somewhere else. The only “Native Americans” are the animals, and thanks to us there are precious few of them left.

      As for caring about attaining a better future. . .if that were true, they would have entered the United States legally, like my ancestors did instead of sneaking in and then demanding better treatment than our own citizens get!

      And as for causing harm to others. DId you sleep through world history or something? Maybe you should go back and read all about it.

  16. Chris says:

    Also Gov Brown vetoed a bill to keep adult health care centers open……Wow! This guy was a mistake! I smell dirty politics! Ok, so if I’d like to rob a liquor store, which is illegal…can I get funding for a getaway car, a hand gun and a nice big bag to carry all the Hershey bars I can steal! and also can I get funding for insurance to protect my illegal investment? and funding for healthcare in case I get hurt? I would also like funding for a really good lawyer, when I get arrested :-p

    What is happening to this nation!?

  17. Ron says:

    Everyone that disagrees with what is happening, be sure you are registered to vote and get out to vote at ALL elections. Vote all these politicians out of office. Only vote for those that have a history of obeying/voting for LEGAL actions and that do NOT believe in giving our tax money to ILLEGALS !!!! If you don’t vote them out, then DON’T complain.

  18. Karen says:

    What part of VOTING FOR JERRY BROWN don’t you all understand? Some of you had to have voted for him and if not, where were you at the last election? I hear Californians moan and complain about illegal aliens. So how in the heck did Jerry Brown get into office?

    1. Ron says:

      Karen, the answer is UNIONS. Union members and Die-Hard Democrats, only vote the party line. Unfortunately, even we NON-Democrats, are NOT given much better choices. But I did not vote for Him.

  19. Mary says:

    That is why we are in debt. I refuse to give the little money I have to people that are not citizens! But if I refuse to pay MY Taxes, then I AM IN TROUBLE…..what sense is that???? I have already paid a lifetime into Social Security and now they are taking MY money again. It was MY paycheck that I earned and they took that money out and now I need it back! That was and is the PLAN! You better stick to the PLAN!

  20. igor doublebubblevich says:

    answer! all white people inn cal. donot pat propery taxes or file yearly income taxes, see what happens to the handout programs.

  21. tom s. says:

    We need people who will arrest cedillo for being a traitor and send him back to mexico without a dollar in his pocket !

  22. Al B says:

    You morons! Didn’t you vote for Brown? You get the government (governor) that you deserve.

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