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    California allows college aid to illegal immigrants

    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a bill giving illegal immigrant college students access to state-funded financial aid, the second half of two-part legislation known as the "Dream Act."

    The controversial measure, which passed the Democrat-controlled legislature on a party-line vote in September, represents a victory for immigrant-rights activists ahead of the 2012 presidential election. California is the nation's most populous state.

    Only two other states, Texas and New Mexico, allow illegal immigrants to qualify for state financial aid for college, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

    "Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking," Brown said in a written statement issued by his office.

    "The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us," he said.

    Brown in July fulfilled a campaign promise by signing into law a companion bill to allow illegal immigrants to receive privately-funded college scholarships. Together the two bills have been dubbed the "California Dream Act."

    A federal Dream Act that would have created a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who attend college or serve in the military failed in Senate last year.

    Opponents of the California Dream Act have argued that public funds should not be used to help illegal immigrants, especially as California faces deep budget woes that have prompted cuts in education and higher tuitions at the state's public colleges and universities.

    "Citizens are having a hard enough time getting the classes they need now," Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Hesperia Republican, wrote in a September 9 letter to Brown urging him to veto the legislation.

    "(California already offers) students in the country illegally in-state tuition; legally documented students from the next state over can only dream of such a benefit," Donnelly said.

    California is one of about a dozen states that allows illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition, based on attendance and graduation from a state high school.

    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.

    For the 2007-2008 academic year, the University of California reports that less than three-tenths of one percent of the system's 220,000 students were immigrants who qualified for in-state tuition.

    More than 68 percent of those 1,941 students were U.S. citizens or "documented" immigrants, according to the University of California.

    At the state universities, the new law would affect 3,633 students, or less than one percent of the 440,000 students enrolled in the current school year.

    Of the nearly 2.9 million community college enrollees, 34,057 would be affected


    Why not just meet them at the board and ask them to pick out the house,college and amount of public funding they will be needing while staying in the USA?

    I can't help but laugh my ass OFF! I love how Mexico gets all up in arms anytime we talk of cracking down on the boarder. Yet if a US citizen crosses over illegally they are thrown in jail,sold as drug/sex slaves etc..

    Enough is enough, we need to start cracking down NOW! If I was a legal immigrant who waited for years for a chance to come over here the right way. I would be PISSED right now, I would be left asking myself why I waited so long to do it the right way? The illegal way seems to benefit more.

    Whats even more ****** up is, we have kids here in the US who would kill to go to college but their mom and dad just made a little to much money. So they get no help paying for college from mom and dad or the state/feds. But you break the law and bang your at the head of the line.

    THEY MAY TAKE OUR LIVES BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!

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    makes perfect sense to me!! The State is almost bankrupt, why not throw another straw on the camel's back? After all, those of us that work for a living need to share our wealth so those less inclined to get off their a$$ and follow the proper procedure to become legal, and have a chance to make more money.... every man is created equally, it doesn't mean that we will all end up equal....enough ranting, just suffice to say I am glad I don't live in that state anymore !!!!!!

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    Now you tell me! I have been visiting Commiefornia since I was 21. I could have just gone to college there and be a legal citizen easier. :((( But then at the time I didn't want to live there...nor anywhere in this country. I just like going out of the country for breaks. I guess ignorance was bliss at the time. It was fun going out with friends from San Diego to Tiajuana for those $10/pot of crawfish.
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  5. The world, this country, that state... has bigger problems than educating anyone.
    I'm not sure if that was a werewolf, or a hairy homeless guy... either way... the silver bullets worked.

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    I have a 40 year old brother-in-law who lives in Redding, Ca with his mother. He's been on welfare and enrolled in California state colleges for the past nine years. His benefits (college $$$ and welfare average $30K per year. His "trick" is to change majors without obtaining a degree. He's a master.

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    Wow! Some people will think of anything to keep receiving welfare.
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    They wonder why they're broke?
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    Now why didn't I think of that? Here I am with 100K of student loan debt. Stupid me.

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    Now why didn't I think of that? Here I am with 100K of student loan debt. Stupid me.
    But you can still enter the Miss CCW contest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G50AE View Post
    But you can still enter the Miss CCW contest.
    Is there a cash prize?

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