Sunday, October 9, 2011

California Passes Dream Act!

California passed a new law, AB 131 - known as the California Dream Act and will become effective January 1, 2013. "Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking," Brown said in a statement from Sacramento. "The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us."

Currently, Dream students in California must pay resident tuition rates if they graduated from a state high school and are actively seeking to legalize their immigration status, officials said. The other half of the California Dream Act was signed into law by Brown in July and allows undocumented immigrant students to receive privately funded scholarships administered at public universities and community colleges.

That law, called AB 130, was needed because the University of California and California State University systems avoided giving the private scholarships to their undocumented students, citing vagueness in laws, said the legislative aide to California Dream Act's author, state Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo (D-Los Angeles).

Cedillo called Saturday's signing "historic" and path-breaking for the United States -- coming at a time when many states such as Alabama and Arizona are passing aggressive laws targeting undocumented immigrants. Some of those laws are being challenged in court.

"The signing of now both parts of the California Dream Act will send a message across the country that California is prepared to lead the country with a positive and productive vision for how we approach challenging issues related to immigration," Cedillo said in a statement.

"Today, Ana and Maria Gomez, Jaime Kim, David Cho, Pedro Ramirez -- and thousands of other students who are some of the best and brightest in California -- have been told by our governor and legislative leaders that you are welcome here, that you have something to contribute, that you can be proud of what you have accomplished and that your talents and ambition will not go to waste," Cedillo said.

Under AB 131, qualifying Dream students will be eligible for state Board of Governors fee waivers, student aid programs administered by a college or university, and the state aid Cal Grants program for state universities, community colleges, and qualifying independent and career colleges or technical schools in California, according to Cedillo.

The California Dream Act differs from a proposed federal bill called the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors -- or DREAM -- Act, which would create a path to citizenship for immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children under the age of 16 and have lived in the United States for at least five years, obtained a high school or General Education Development diploma, and demonstrated "good moral character," according to a White House fact sheet.

1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

VIDEO, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California DREAM ACT on Saturday October 8, 2011 - Big Party in University of California at Berkekey and the Chancellor is the happiest man - Wonderful, Funny, Interesting ! - Jokes !

Nobody in India could believe that Gil Zedillo ( California Assemblyman ) was a foreigner and not a citizen from India, everybody believed he was joking ! - He is the biggest warrior of DREAM ACT.

From Los Angeles Times :

Most Republican legislators voted against it, and anti-illegal-immigration groups denounced it as unfair.

Brown's signature on the bill fulfilled a campaign promise to allow high-achieving students who want to become citizens the opportunity to attend college, regardless of their immigration status.

"Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking," Brown said in a statement. "The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us."

And Now the Video :

Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Physics, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering speaks with Great Enthusiasm. Berkeley's Chancellor has fought for this educational bill and is extremely elated with the approval in the California Legislature.

The University of California at Berkeley celebrates the passage of the Dream Act and pushes for the Dream Act at the Federal Level. -

Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau spoke with President Obama and the President said : "No student should be wasted for lack of Opportunities", he also went to visit Governor Jerry Brown several times.

Children and Young Students should not be squandered and left behind without the best possible education.

Uploaded by UCBerkeleyEvents on Oct 3, 2011

Together, AB 130 and 131 allow undocumented students who have been admitted to California public colleges and universities and who meet in-state tuition requirements to apply for privately-funded scholarships and non-competitive, state-funded financial aid. For State Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, the passage of the California DREAM Act has been a long time coming. He first introduced the bill in 2005 and has worked tirelessly to have it passed into law.

Gil Cedillo is a California State Assemblyman representing the 45th State Assembly District in Los Angeles County and the lead author of the California Dream Act. Previously he served as a California State Senator representing the 22nd district and a State Assemblyman representing the 46th District.

Living the DREAM


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