Posts Tagged ‘Immigration Rights’


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




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



IllegalInAmerica Says:

Wow!  Go Protesters.. the video isn’t that great, but you can definitely see what is going on down there.


This was submitted by Mike, thank you for your post!


Neb. town may halt immigration law to save money – Yahoo! News.

OMAHA, Neb. – Faced with expensive legal challenges, officials in the eastern Nebraska town of Fremont are considering suspending a voter-approved ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants until the lawsuits are resolved.

The City Council narrowly rejected the ban in 2008, prompting supporters to gather enough signatures for the ballot measure. The ordinance, which was approved by voters last month, has divided the community. Supporters say it was necessary to make up for what they see as lax federal law enforcement and opponents argue that it could fuel discrimination.

But the council’s president, Scott Getzschman, insisted the elected body was concerned about money, not about any lack of support for the ordinance. The City Council is scheduled to vote on suspending the ban on Tuesday night, a day before the city goes to court over the measure.


The city faces lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund. City officials have estimated that Fremont’s costs of implementing the ordinance — including legal fees, employee overtime and improved computer software — would average $1 million a year.

So, you put all of your eggs in one basket, and then realized at the last minute that you forgot your wallet at home?  Is that what is going on here?  That’s what it seems like to me Fremont, Nebraska.

How dare you think that taking away priveleges from ‘Illegal Immigrants,’ is going to make anything better for you.  Already, you have lawsuits against the city and state, and you’re probably realizing that your housing market was going down… oh yeah, you were trying to make your economy better by limiting certain peoples rights and freedoms.  Little did you know that it would have the adverse effect.

I am so sorry to the people who have contributed to the local economy of Fremont, Nebraska, and who most likely now feel that none of it was worth it, besides that one shot at the American Dream.  Well, there is one downside to wanting the American Dream… its that if the people who were ‘born’ here can’t have it.. neither can you.  I’m sorry, that’s just the way it is to them.  Get a life, horrible Fremont, Nebraska!  And quit trying to ruin everyone elses.

Protests planned ahead of Arizona’s controversial immigration law –

Los Angeles, California (CNN) — By Jim Roope, CNN Radio

“Days before Arizona’s controversial law targeting illegal immigration takes effect, demonstrators are finalizing their plans to descend upon the state capital to show their support for or opposition to the measure.

The protests will include busloads of labor union members from Los Angeles who oppose Senate Bill 1070 because they believe it promotes racial profiling,

They plan to dare law enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona, to put SB 1070 to the test, according to Maria Elena Durazo, one of the organizers of the rally.

“We will not be carrying ‘papers,’ ” said Durazo, of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. “We will let them know we are coming, and we will tell them: Arrest us for being brown or black, arrest us for being suspicious.”


The protesters include immigrant students, religious leaders, day laborers and members of several unions including the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the Teamsters and the Utility Workers of America Union.”

How I so wish that I could be there!  I would love to demonstrate and see what the SB-1070 will do to people who live in the area, and equally important, the people going to Arizona from LA and other areas to demonstrate.  Now is the time for us to fight for equal rights for immigrants who are in the US “illegally”.  We have a broken ass system that needs to be fixed, and very soon.  It is obvious that enough people will be fighting on both sides of this issue… once again, someone will always have to pay the heavy price… with National immigration reform looming, I really hope that something amazing is done that gives America a good name – again, if that is ever going to be possible.