Newsletter October 2011 – California Dreamin’

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California Dreamin’

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law California’s version of the DREAM Act that will allow undocumented immigrants who enroll in college to be eligible for state scholarships and financial aid beginning stating in July 2012.

The law, also known as AB131, is the second part of the California DREAM Act, written by California State Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles. The first part of this legislation, AB130, was signed into law in July, 2011. AB130 allows undocumented students to apply and receive privately-funded scholarships. The law also affords such students the right to both private loans and public aid to help in paying for their education. In all, AB131 would allot about $13 million to undocumented students.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, more than 25,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in California each year. And Asian Americans account for about 40 percent of the undocumented student population at California public colleges. Mr. Brown has stated that the DREAM Act would give these students “a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us.”

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