UPDATE, AUGUST 31, 3:59 P.M.: Last week the state Senate appropriations committee pulled the second half of California's DREAM Act out of suspense. Today, the Senate passed AB 131, the bill that would give undocumented students access to Cal Grants and some other state money, with a 22-11 vote.
Cedillo, who says he fully expects the bill to pass the Assembly and eventually get the governor's signature, too, thanked his fellow lawmakers today.
“California State Senators demonstrated their commitment to help foster the development of future architects, doctors, teachers, scientists and scholars who are crucial to the success of the California economy,” Cedillo said in a statement.
UPDATE, AUGUST 25, 4:40 P.M.:
“Now we have new leadership, leadership that looks forward. We're happy that Governor Brown has indicated he's dedicated to these young men and women.”
“We think that California, well we know, it's a leader in public policy. We think this does set an example for other states around the county.”
“It's huge. This is huge. It's going to set a precedent. I'm most excited about the symbolism this is going to have nationally,” Teodoro says. “Now undocumented students aren't going to feel as hopeless.”