Another hurdle cleared for illegal immigrant college students. On Wednesday, the state Assembly passed the second part of the California DREAM Act, a bill that would allow them to apply for state grants.
The two-bill package was introduced by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), who believes the legislation is necessary to help “children brought here through no choice of their own, who embrace our values and learn the language.” Part one, which would make undocumented students eligible for private college scholarships, was approved by the Assembly last month. Both bills now head to the Senate.
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger repeatedly vetoed similar legislation while he was in office. But Gov. Jerry Brown made a campaign pledge to sign the California DREAM Act if it makes it through the Legislature.