LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A local Democratic lawmaker has won the support of the state Assembly for his long-stalled legislation that would grant state-funded financial aid for immigrant college students who entered the United States illegally.

The Assembly on Wednesday approved AB 131, introduced by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo as part of the California Dream Act, on a 46-25 party line vote.

Cedillo has introduced similar legislation each year since 2005 only to see it vetoed by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, but last year Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, made a campaign pledge to sign the bill.

The Assembly approved the other half of the package last month, allowing illegal immigrant students to receive private financial aid.

Critics say the bill would encourage more illegal immigration and cut the funding available for citizens.

AB 131 now proceeds to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it is likely to pass.

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Comments (21)
  1. Steve says:

    Go figure. The state is being devastated with financial problems and the Dumbocrats are voting to give even more free money to people who are breaking the law just by being here.

  2. rjsmitty says:

    Are F’n kiding me !

  3. Taxpayer says:

    Never vote Democratic again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Neil says:

    The governor wants to increase our taxes and release prisoners because the state is broke. But we have enough money to take care of people who are not citizens of this country?
    Charity begins at home, Citizens/Taxpayers before squandering taxpayers’ money on aliens.

  5. I am a Dem says:

    I doubt it will pass. There are many democrats who are absolutely against this. Citizens are having trouble paying tuition . . .immigrants should not get any money.

    1. Ron says:

      You really ARE IGNORANT !!! They will VOTE for it and YOU will be paying for it the REST of YOUR life.

      It really doesn’t matter, if Democratic voters are against it, because the HISPANIC politicians that YOU have put in office, DO WANT IT.

  6. Bob says:

    Note to Gil Cedill: Rather than pass arbitrary legislation, WORK ON THE BUDGET! GET A BALANCED BUDGET TO JERRY BROWN! Right now, the ONLY priority of the assembly and state senate is to PASS A BALANCED BUDGET, ON TIME!!!!! Enough with the legislating, GET THE BUDGET DONE!!!

    1. Ron says:

      Bob, he could care less, what you or I think. He has his AGENDA and has been PUSHING it for sometime.

      1. Bob says:

        Ron, don’t acknowledge my post. I’m not on here to spew hatred or express my prejudices. I don’t need someone like you who is so OPENLY HOSTILE to acknowledge me. I hear enough hatred on a daily basis and don’t need someone like you acknowledging me.

  7. Mad As Hell says:

    Why are you complaining? You people voted for democrats. This state is going down the drain. What’s next? The children of CA taxpayers are denied admission to State Colleges so they can admit more illegals. The tuition will increase sharply for resident students so more money can be given to illegal students. Man, is this a joke? If you are mad, vote all democrats out of office next time. Vote “NO” on sales tax extension!!

    1. Ron says:


  8. TOBY says:

    We need to overthrow the California like they did in Egypt. That is the only way to take our state back. People need to show up at the steps of where these politicans work and physically drag them out of their office.

    Or we have to wait for an illegal to kill a politicans family member then they will do something about these illegals. But what do they care they do not live among illegals

    This is with no doubt the reason that our state and country is completely broke. Citizens of California have no rights and the illegals cannot be arrested for any reason. .

  9. CAB says:


  10. Consuelo says:

    @Ron – if you are THAT unhappy with the way the state is going and think Hispanics are SO terrible, then get out of the state. Head to Canada. Or to Europe. The US and the great state of California don’t want ignorant, racist folks like you.

    @mad as hell – sounds like you’re JEALOUS because you couldn’t get admitted to a state university. What’s the matter, Cal State Dominguez Hills denied your application and now you need to blame an entire race because you can’t get into a STATE UNIVERSITY WITH AN OPEN DOOR POLICY?

    1. CAB says:

      Consuelo – Read ‘mad as hell’ again. He is upset that Californians are paying for free education to PEOPLE who are here illegally. For all you know, his heritage is Hispanic, but he is a legal tax paying California citizen.

      Race has nothing to do with this issue. Tax dollars are about to be spent (again) on individuals, regardless of race, who are here illegally.

    2. Ron says:

      Consuelo, I would gladly show MY proof of citizenship anytime the police would ask, would YOU? Probably NOT.

      You are the IGNORANT one, just like all the Democratic politicians, that vote for ILLEGALS to get ANY benefit from OUR taxpayer money. What do YOU think ILLEGAL means? It is against the law, unless of course, it is in the Democratically controlled State of California.

      And I am NOT saying that ALL HISPANICS are SO terrible, just the CORRUPT ones, that think they are ABOVE the LAW.

      It is NOT racist to say that I and many others, do NOT want OUR taxpayer money, going for FREE education or FREE benefits, of ANY kind to people of any COUNTRY, that are hear ILLEGALLY. Unfortunately, the VAST MAJORITY of which are HISPANIC.

  11. Marco says:

    Gotta start reading the fine print on the goverment officials we are voting into office.

    If they are illegal how are these people getting social security numbers?

    I need to tell a few friends of mine.

  12. Greg says:

    Who is John Gault? This is Atlas Shrugged all over. Vote the Dems out.

  13. tom s. says:

    This is the perfect story as to why that millionaire loser should of stayed out of the governors race and let someone against illegals that Americans support by a %60 margin run, but once again the calif GOP puts up a puppet who has money instead of what the people really want, ILLEGALS TO GET THE HELL OUT !
    When the GOP finally listen to the “people” we can change the northern mexico legislature. Every person that voted for this should be held to answer in the next election.

    1. Ron says:

      And the Democrats, that voted for our current governor and that have no illegal family members, will be paying thru the nose for a long time, too !!!

      Wouldn’t it be great, if we ever had someone running for political office, that actually was working for the voters? Oh well, only in our dreams.

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