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On Saturday, October 8th, Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial ‘Dream Act’ into law for California.

Here is the breakdown of what the Dream Act is based on their website at www.dreamact.info:

 

 

The DREAM Act

Over three million students graduate from U.S. high schools every year. Most get the opportunity to test their dreams and live their American story. However, a group of approximately 65,000 youth do not get this opportunity; they are smeared with an inherited title, an illegal immigrant. These youth have lived in the United States for most of their lives and want nothing more than to be recognized for what they are, Americans.

The DREAM Act is a bipartisan legislation ‒ pioneered by Sen. Orin Hatch [R-UT] and Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL] ‒ that can solve this hemorrhaging injustice in our society. Under the rigorous provisions of the DREAM Act, qualifying undocumented youth would be eligible for a 6 year long conditional path to citizenship that requires completion of a college degree or two years of military service.

Currently, only Texas and New Mexico have an equivalent ‘Dream Act’ policy going on right now.  It is pretty funny that California wasn’t the first state to begin this, but then again, gays can’t even get married yet here.  Here is a quote from Governor Jerry Brown about the signing of the Dream ACT:

‘”Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,” Brown said in a written statement issued by his office.’

Last year Brown signed into law a similar bill that allowed illegal immigrants the ability to receive privately funded scholarships.  These two combine to create the ‘California Dream Act’.  Some opponents of this act cite California’s budget woes, and putting an ‘illegal’ immigrant before another native born American.  Also, other opponents fear that their classes and chances for scholarships will be diminished by the introduction of a potential large group with access that they didn’t have before.

Here is a quote directly Reuters:

‘Under the new law, written by Senator Gil Cedillo, a Los Angeles Democrat, those same illegal immigrants would be eligible for aid from the University of California, California State university system and the state’s 112 community colleges.

They could also apply for Cal Grants, which are cash awards based on academic performance.’ REUTERS

This is a phenomenal achievement and gives California’s and other American’s the ability to understand that children who were born here or were taken here as children did not have a choice.  Chances are, they have lived here for their entire lives and now have the opportunity to achieve their dreams beyond high school just like their peers.  They will have an equivalent chance to receive funds and opportunities beyond what they have grown to expect and learn about America.  This is a big win for the West Coast, where we haven’t had many proggressive moving ‘wins’ in a while.
By: Darryn James