LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Southland celebration of the passage of the California Dream Act could be short-lived.

Union members, activists and college students came together at a labor hall in the Westlake district Thursday to celebrate the passage of the bill that gives children of illegal immigrants access to state college aid.

But even as supporters are claiming a political victory, one Pasadena group is already moving to repeal the measure.

The voters hope to collect enough signatures that could lead to a repeal of the controversial measure by putting the issue on the 2012 ballot.

“People want to sign this,” said state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly. “They’re coming up to petition gatherers and they’re saying, ‘Do you have the Dream Act petition’?”

Donnelly, who is the author of the proposed ballot initiative, said the opposition isn’t just limited to local voters.

“All across the state, we can’t keep up with the demand, it is absolutely off the charts,” he added.

Labor leaders, however, were quick to voice their support for what critics have said is a financial giveaway at a time the state is in desperate need of cash flow.

“We stand with the young people to be able to have a right to higher education regardless of their immigration status,” said Maria Elena Durazo of the L.A. County Labor Federation.

Petitioners have already distributed over 100,000 petitions, Donnelly said. They need to collect over 500,000 signatures by Jan. 6 to get the initiative on the ballot.

Comments (47)
  1. ES says:

    How does Jerry figure that we can afford this for illegals? What’s going to happen upon graduation and they can’t get a job because once again they are ILLEGALS!!!! Who will foot the bill then???? Thanks for nothing Jerry. Now, where can i sign this thing?

    1. SUN says:

      This is like inviting the wolf into your house instead of keeping it away. Honest taxpayers cannot pay the bills of ILLEGALS, when they have to pay for their own. Let Jerry if he has enough start a charity for IILLEGALS.

  2. Tim M. says:

    Check out this quote from the Rep from the L.A. County Labor Federation., “to be able to have a right to higher education regardless of their immigration status”. The right is not theirs, the “right” is for legal citizens!

    1. Ron says:

      Tim, is it any wonder why Maria Elena Durazo, rep of a UNION association believes that we LEGALS should pay for HER ILLEGAL relative’s benefits?

  3. Todd says:

    I would vote to repeal this Nightmare Act.

    They should circulate a petition to impeach idiot Jerry Brown while they’re at it.

    1. kevin says:

      I’m right there with you and looks like I’m going to have to search for the someone who has the repeal paper work for the nightmare act… I would sign to impeach Jerry EXTREMELY fast… Get him out of here before he puts us even further into debt and returns us to the stone age…

  4. Sid says:

    What about the right of the Legal citizens of US?? Do they have any right over their own money and where it goes?? We cant even pay for legal citizens for their education!!

  5. Janet says:

    Where do we find the petition to sign?

    1. Jim Stanton says:


  6. Ro Diaz says:

    Why don’t they start a petition to kick out Gov. Brown ??? He signed the law. Go to the source of ” the problem “

    1. Janet says:

      In order to recall Brown we need to have a candidate to run against him and enough signatures to enable it to happen.

      1. Ron says:

        Janet, an empty office would be LESS DAMAGING than the current occupant.

  7. Michael Hemphill says:

    If you go to any other country and want to attend college there, you have to pay for it. There are no applying for governmental support for foreigners, you have to pay the full load.

    Our state should not be using political motives to insure votes. Guarantying financial support to illegal immigrants when that is not available for every citizen of the state is egregious.

  8. Tony F says:

    The Moment I cannot wait for: Jerry Brown asking for more “Revenue” in the coming months! How can he ask for revenue with a straight face? If the State has money for educating illegals it certainly must be doing well….

  9. Caace1 says:

    The idiot leading the County Fed should get her head examined.
    Tim M., they DO have rights. They have rights to be in their OWN country and NOT be in the US illegally!
    Hopefully this demand for justice gets to GM so they’ll get a clue about their not supporting John & Ken! I’m going to Boycott GM until they change their position on illegal activity and them supporting OUR rights as US citizens!

    1. ALG says:

      Caace1 – are u saying that GM (GENERAL MOTORS) will not advertise on John & Ken? or they are just not supporting JOHN & KEN?
      Let me kinow, I’ll give them a call on MONDAY.

  10. L_T says:

    Gil Cedillo is a complete idiot.

    1. david barron says:

      I’d call him a ‘LEECH’

  11. L_T says:

    Dude, crawl back into your rat hole.

  12. ES says:

    and while you’re at it, please at least learn how to spell in your language.

  13. wobbles says:

    Nobody is denying illeals college. Alot of us just think it’s unfair to steal from our taxes to pay for it. Let them do what we have to do, and work their way though college. If legal residents who need help are inelligible for tuition assistance even if they are poor but their parents who they don’t live with make too much, how in the world can you justify handing out money to illegals?

    1. Stern Basqueroots says:

      Illegal aliens should be deported, Period! If they go through the proper channels to get a VISA to come to the US for an education, they should pay Out-Of-Country tuition that is much higher than out-of-state tuition!

      There is no reason for our citizen & legal immigrant students to be displaced from an education or have to compete with illegal aliens for our own tax dollars!

      STOP the DREAM Act! STOP AB-131! VIVAN LAs RAZAs Legal!

  14. alg says:

    Governor Brown would have never signed this DREAM ACT bill if he had been younger. It shows how feeble his brain is. Someone really sold him a bill of GOODS.
    What you all should be doing is RE-CALLING the author of that bill. I believe he is a MEXICAN AMERICAN. and his cohorts. We should also be RECALLING governor Brown.
    In the meantime where do I get a hold of that ballot measure. I’ll sign it., and encourage others to sign it too.
    What Gov Brown and others have done is spit in the face of American Citizens who MUST ALWAYS COME FIRST above anyone else in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    What do you think all these protests are about. Not just about jobs.

  15. pinchegringo says:

    Arriba Pedro!! Just don’t burn down the carwashes and the taco stands, me gusto.

  16. Stern Basqueroots says:

    ES, you may be asking too much. Pinche mojado, You’re the type of criminal ALL of us that immigrated legally dislike with a passion! Are you too dense to know that is considered terrorist language?

    Immigrate legally. Follow the US immigration laws and be law-abiding from the start so you don’t have to worry about who is going to have to pay for your education, welfare, deportation or family that you may have left on both sides of the border!

    For now, you deserve jail time and then deportation to Calderon’s Palace at Los Pinos en la Ciudad de Mejico. He can give you a job there so you can enjoy his beautiful home and wonderful economy.

    1. Voice o Wisdom says:

      Hey Stern, you left out ,learn to speak English,assimilate into American society and culture,denounce the country you came from and swear allegiance to the U.S.A. and try not to act like you came from a third world cesspool.

    2. ALG says:

      Stern, what the hell are you talking about. Do you know this person, really?
      What did he say except to agree with you.?????
      If you are Basque, go back to your terrorist activities in your native land in the region they call SPAIN. There they will kill you, I can assure you of that.

  17. Jose says:

    Stupid Liberal’s!!! This state is in a financial crisis. We already pay around $7 billion a year to support illegals in California. When will the people of California wake up and vote these clowns out of office!!! The school system is one of the worse in the country. Who runs it? Latino’s… Gloria Molina. Deport illegals and get rid of these Liberals in government!!! WAKE UP CALIFORNIA!

  18. Tiffany says:

    I WILL SIGN THE PETITION to overturn the Dream aka….The Nightmare act. Do not let Mexicans go to school in America, if they are illegals. Send all Mexicans back to Tijuana, if they are here illegally.

  19. hot over more taxation without representation says:

    I almost never sign petitions – but I WILL SIGN THIS ONE. And, if it makes it on the ballot, you can be sure it will pass. This won’t even be close…. oops – I forgot, the illegals don’t have to register to vote, someone has already done it for them…. I guess even their dogs get a say…. I have three cats, can I get absentee ballots for them????

  20. Joanna says:

    Hey everyone, you can sign and get more info by going to stopab131.com

  21. Joe says:

    There are hundreds of thousands of people outside the U.S. who have been waiting 15 to 20 years for their immigration petition to be approved. They came to America believing that doing things the legal way is the right way.

    That belief is shattered when all of a sudden a bunch of illegal immigrants are cutting in line and DEMANDING that they be issued green cards and also FREE COLLEGE tuition! This is outrageous!

    The problem of many states in the U.S., specially California, is we are spending so much on people who are not legally entitled to receive the support of the government. We have become the milking cow of illegal immigrants. Our laws are now resting on sandy soil instead of solid rock.

    The U.S. citizens and LEGAL immigrants of this country needs to stand up and fight against the continuing disrespect towards the rule of law and also the wasteful spending of tax dollars on illegal immigrants who are not entitled to receive financial support. Stop the waste!

    The rule of law creates order and prevent wasteful burndens.

  22. Alex says:

    Repeal and recall jerry blow. I stood in in immigration line for years before I became a resident. Even after that had to pay 1 year non resident tuition. Lets be fair to everyone

  23. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    am loking where to sign this petition, as for recalling the 73 year old bald effeminate governor, this being GaY state ,he will be a mayor in Barstow, theres no way this delicate duck will ever go away.

  24. l robert says:

    yah where do you sign , i will against new law . jerry [BROWN ] that money could be used to hire alot of people , make jobs , we give illegals mexicans way to much money as it is , plus brown also stopped welfare from requiring fingerprints to get food stamps etc , whats up with this ….so ilegal mexicans can get easier fraud ,

  25. Stubby says:

    Why is it that anyone who supports this Dream Act always has a Spanish surname? Of course Maria Elena Durazo would support this ridiculous insult to the California citizenry. Let’s overturn Jerry’s attempt to give away the store to illegals. I’ll sign the petition. No more freebies or entitlements to illegals, their illegal children or their anchor babies. Enough is enough.

  26. SIGN says:


  27. swhitS says:

    Google Recall Jerry Brown and stopcaliforniadreamact.com to sign petition

  28. anonymous says:

    Tuesday, October 25, 2011


    Jerry Brown has signed the Illegal Alien CA Dream Act!

    Contact Assemblyman Tim Donnelly to find out how you can help repeal the Dream Act!


    General Info: 323-952-4682 (Leave a Message)

  29. Tiffani I. says:

    Its just not fair. I’m an american and I have to pay for my school I work too jobs just to pay for myself and still am stuggling how can you people let them do this????? We already have no money in califoria and community colleges are always over packed please for the love of god make grants to ILLEGAL citizens stop!!!!

    1. alg says:

      What you must do is SIGN THE PETITIONS circulating to recall the Governor Brown, and to vacate this new law. It’s called repeal.
      By the way I understand you’re going to school. Where did you learn how to spell two? It’s not too jobs, it’s two jobs. Very elementary..
      anyway, besides that there are many who share your views. Go on line and find them. Start a movement. Do something. That is, when you have some time off.

  30. Maria says:



    We don’t have money for ILLEGALS to continue on their educations. We, the citizens DO NOT need people making competiiton when there are NO JOBS available for legas and U.S. Citizens! The dream act will create competition to us! THINK ABOUT IT!

  31. Maria says:

    NO APOYO EL DREAM ACT! Creara mas competencia para aquellos que como yo somos ciudadanos legales.

    El govierno no puede estar gastando dinero para que estos ILEGALES sigan con su educacion, cuando no hay trabajo para los que ya estamos aqui legales, no es justo.


  32. alg says:

    Will someone please leave a comment on where and when to get petitions to sign., and to work for this Pasadena group to get this repeal on the ballot in Jan.???
    All my neighbors want to sign it.

    1. Ron says:

      alg, click on above Anonymous comment website. It tells where you can get petitions by county.

  33. Anon says:

    Some people are so ignorant. The only financial aid that the Dream Act beneficiaries could claim is LOANS. They will not take away money from the state. They will have a CHANCE to get a temporary visa, only if they complete college. What if you were not brought to this country legally at a small age? Do you think you should pay for something you had no control over? If you were in their shoes, I bet you would think differently. You are against it and say rude, ignorant things because you don’t know what it’s like. The level of ignorance that the people have in this country is unbearable and then people wonder why they call Americans stupid.

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