Pass the California DREAM Act
Gil Cedillo’s newly reintroduced California DREAM Act would allow United States citizens and undocumented AB-540 students in California the ability to compete for state financial aid and qualify for a BOG waiver.
Note: This is state-based legislation and oes not automatically grant any sort of immigration benefits on anyone.
Former Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed this well-intentioned bill for four years, citing fiscal concerns. Governor Brown has indicated his support for the legislation.
It's time to set another milestone and pave another way to deal with the broken immigration system after the failure of both CIR and the federal DREAM Act. As California goes, so goes the country.
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As a resident of California and concerned citizen, I ask you to sign the California DREAM Act of 2011 into law.
The CA DREAM Act is not a handout or special benefit. It simply allows long-time hard-working California residents an equal opportunity to qualify for state financial aid and BOG waivers. This is a good investment for the state that benefits all Californians. Beneficiaries of the legislatioon have grown up in California and already contributed to the state. They are likely to work in California, pay taxes, use services and raise children.
The CA Dream Act has gained the support of businesses and several chambers of commerce, among them the Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. The California Federation of Teachers, the Los Angeles City Council, the California State Student Association, the University of California and the Los Angeles Unified School District, have all endorsed the CA Dream Act. Several newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee, have also voiced their support and urged the passage of this bill.
California will need more college graduates in coming years. In a recent report, the Public Policy Institute of California predicted 41 percent of jobs will require a college education by 2025 but only 32 percent of workers in the state will have the necessary education. California can't promise successful students a path to legalization, but the educated are likely to find a way through employee sponsorship or marriage or new federal legislation.
At a time when immigrants are coming increasingly under attack and scapegoated, California can help set a fair and humane standard, paving the way for a more tolerant society with the enactment of this bill into law.
Please take this opportunity to return California and the nation to a land of dreams based on hard-work, fairness and equal opportunity. Support the California DREAM Act.
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