State Senate OKs Part of California Dream Act

Teresa Watanabe and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, September 1, 2011

The college dreams of thousands of students who are illegal immigrants moved closer to fulfillment Wednesday after the state Senate approved a bill that for the first time would give them access to public financial aid.

Part of a two-bill package known as the California Dream Act, the measure would allow undocumented students who qualify for reduced in-state tuition to apply for Cal Grants, community college waivers and other public aid programs. To be eligible, they must be California high school graduates who attended schools in the state at least three years, and demonstrate financial need and academic merit.

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But opponents decried the bill, AB 131, saying the state could not afford new spending, particularly on illegal immigrants.

“It’s against the rule of law for benefits to be given out to people here without legal status,” Sen. Doug La Malfa (R-Richvale) said in an interview. “People are just insulted. The state is out of money and we are opening a new door here for more funds to be expended.”

The measure passed 22-11 on a party-line vote, with Democratic support and Republican opposition. It is expected to return this week to the Assembly, which previously approved it, for concurrence on Senate amendments. If approved, it will be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.

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  • WASP

    Interestingly at the same time the state is trying to give taxpayer money to illegals, the new application and renewal application waiting period for middle-aged American citizens with serious medical conditions that were laid off and left broke and sick in the Great Recession to receive county medical care (even in counties such as Orange County) keeps being extended (up to 10 weeks now and who knows what the future holds for these poor sick patriotic American citizens that worked and paid taxes for decades).

    These are people that paid taxes for decades supporting the county medical care system so that anchor children could be birthed by the millions and cared for but now in their middle-aged these taxpaying “mules” are left to deform and grow sick without medical care of any kind whatsoever after being taxed for all the taxing authorities could get out of them.

    Welcome to California (if you’re an illegal that is).

  • Anonymous

    I think Rick Perry supports a Texas version of the Dream Act. He’s another Hispanderer. Somehow, he’s leading in the polls of likely Republican primary voters. They never learn. Bush, McCain and now Perry?

  • Anonymous

    2 — Anonymous wrote at 8:43 PM on September 2:

    I think Rick Perry supports a Texas version of the Dream Act. He’s another Hispanderer. Somehow, he’s leading in the polls of likely Republican primary voters. They never learn. Bush, McCain and now Perry?

    __________________________________________________________________________________

    True, Perry is a traitor, but;

    I challenge every reader here to refute me.

    Neocons like Perry, however loathsome, are merely beholden to money and power.

    Marxists and die-hard anti white racists like Obama are bound to a philosophical code, virtually a religious mission.

    We can hold the little piggy hooves of someone like Perry to the fire, so long as we “explain things” to them; if we wield the power, they will lick our boots; they don’t care who they serve to get their perks.

    Obama? You have got to be kidding me; he is for real. White Marxists? they are the devil. They HATE US. They, and all the browns are on a MISSION.

    Perry, Bachmann, Palin, hell, Limbaugh, etc; they just hate not being rich, famous and pampered. Those worms, we can control.

    So do not let Obama get another spin at four years of BRA!

    Elect a RINO if that’s the only way, then turn the screws on those worms, but HARD!

    Learn hardball…don’t chicken out and sit it out. If you do, you will help kill White America. Once we elect a RINO, the real political struggle BEGINS. But we can not get the power back if we have nothing to manipulate. RINOS have proven one thing; they are slaves. Better they be OUR slaves, than the slaves of Mestizos and blacks!

    Am I wrong? If so, how?

  • David Verbryke

    I believe that California doesn’t need an earthquake to destroy it, it just needs lawmakers, immigrants, phony actors/activists, and what we view in Middle America as insanity. I actually love much of what has come out of California, as it was the state of manufacturing, cowboys, Scots Irish settlers, the oil boom, the gold rush, and many things that made America wealthy. It used to be the Promised Land of America and now it is an isor of multiculturalism, violent gangsterism, and inauthentic entertainment. Where is John Ford when you need him? America and California used to be great, now we are retreating from these bullying immigrants. Wasn’t it not Davy Crockett that stood and fought and the Scots Irish and half Cherokee Sam Houston that made the Comanches and the Mexicans run. We don’t have those American centric leaders anymore.

  • Anonymous

    When I paid in-state tuition at UCLA it was ~10k/y. The Cal State System is about half that and community colleges are so cheap they might as well be free.

    My roommate is a nursing student at City College in San Diego. She told me her class and the campus was almost entirely Mexican. On the first day of classes, she described the line for financial aid in such a way that it recalls that familiar joke, “What’s long brown and smelly?”

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous #5 wrote:

    “When I paid in-state tuition at UCLA it was ~10k/y.”

    I have news for you–when I was applying for college, the in-state tuition for UCLA was a little over $1K per year. Yes, that’s right. One-tenth of what you paid. The difference was that back then California was still over 95% White. And I’m not talking about all that long ago.

    When you pay $10K for tuition, most of it goes to “educating” Mexicans and other non-worthy minorities. A degree from UCLA used to mean something when it was White. Now it means that you like to support giving the same degree to people who will eventually refuse to hire you.

  • Anonymous

    @6 – yep. I paid $749 annual tuition at UC Berkeley in the late 70s and early 80s – and those were tough economic times, actually.

  • Anonymous

    @6 – yep. I paid $749 annual tuition at UC Berkeley in the late 70s and early 80s

    Since 1978, the price of tuition at US colleges has increased over 900 percent, 650 points above inflation.

  • Anonymous

    5 — Anonymous wrote at 4:18 PM on September 3:

    “When I paid in-state tuition at UCLA it was ~10k/y. The Cal State System is about half that and community colleges are so cheap they might as well be free.

    My roommate is a nursing student at City College in San Diego. She told me her class and the campus was almost entirely Mexican. On the first day of classes, she described the line for financial aid in such a way that it recalls that familiar joke, “What’s long brown and smelly?””

    I have spent a little time around my regional community college. Not all are Hispanics here, but the ones I have noticed are uniformly scary as candidates for health care work. I think I will choose my own exit rather than linger around for the sort of final abuses that I feel certain will be common, especially to elderly whites as they are increasingly “served by a non-white staff in homes and hospitals. The system will we well infiltrated and except for lawyers looking for lawsuits, there will be little to prevent various financial and physical abuses.

    Actually, I plan to die at home of whatever gets me. I don’t have any health care insurance, but I do have a medical education. If there is any Medicare in a few years when I get old enough, I doubt there will be many doctors if any who will see me. They’re scarce around here already. I’ve been able to use it so far to help my wife and myself save money and get to the problem quickest. But when the problems that require lots of money come, we will be pretty much finished.

    Just sharing that because I don’t care, but I do wonder how others are facing the future of if they have really thought about it.

  • WR the elder

    To Anonymous #2: There is no mystery about how Perry rose in the polls. He was anointed by the mass media, and like it or not the mass media still has an awful lot of influence. The mass media anointed him because he favors open borders and tax payer funded benefits to illegal aliens. Just watch — in every Republican contest you’ll see the media get behind the candidate who favors Atzlan. That’s how McCain got the nomination in 2008.