Gov. Brown Signs First Part of California's DREAM Act
Governor Jerry Brown officially signed California's Assembly Bill 130 Monday afternoon, increasing access to college financial aid for undocumented immigrants in the state.
The bill is part of a legislative package made up of two parts, AB 130 and AB 131, and together they are referred to as the California DREAM Act.
Brown's signing on Monday paves the way for undocumented immigrants to reap the benefits of private scholarship money only. The second part of the bill, AB 131, which has not been signed, would grant undocumented immigrants the same public financial aid options given to U.S. citizens and legal residents.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for the DREAM Act in his address to the National Council of La Raza Conference (NCLR) earlier in the day.
Two months ago, Obama went to El Paso, Texas, too, and pledged to fight for an immigration overhaul.
"I promised you I would fix our broken immigration system and make the DREAM Act a reality," he said. "I went down to the border of El Paso to reiterate...my vision for an immigration system that holds true to our values and our heritage, and meets our economic and security needs."
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