Confirmed victory

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UPDATE: On Monday, August 25th, Governor Jerry Brown signed the slimmer portion of the California Dream Act (AB 130) into law during a visit to Los Angeles. On September 4th, 2011 the California State Assembly approved AB 131 - the second half of the CA Dream Act and sent it over to Governor Brown's desk for signature. Now, Governor Brown has until October 9th to sign or veto AB 131. We thank you for your support and urge you to take action.

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Every year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools across the nation with 40 percent of them residing in the state of California.

A significant number of these hard-working immigrant youth are student body presidents, honor students, community leaders,  outstanding athletes, and aspiring professionals who desire to pursue and complete a higher education and contribute back to their communities. However, due to their immigration status undocumented students are unable to access state or federal financial aid and thus cannot pursue their higher educational goals. 

The CA Dream Act (AB130 and AB131) is common sense legislation that must be enacted into law to provide equal access to higher education to all California students.

AB 130 would allow students who meet in-state tuition requirements to apply for and receive scholarships derived from non-state funds, while AB 131 would provide Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver, Institutional Student Aid, and Cal Grants. Both, AB 130 and AB 131 would ensure that California’s investment in the education of immigrant youth continues beyond K-12 by granting hard-working undocumented youth the opportunity to pursue and achieve their higher educational goals and thus create a more educated, innovative and competitive workforce.

At a time when the economic projections for the state of California suggest that by 2025, two of every five jobs will require a college graduate, we must ensure that all California students have equal access to higher education.

Letter to
California Governor
We, the undersigned, urge the State Legislature and Governor Brown to support equal access to higher education for all students and pass the California Dream Act (AB 130 and AB131).

Every year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools across the nation with 40 percent of them residing in the state of California. A significant number of these hard-working immigrant youth are student body presidents, honor students, dynamic community leaders, outstanding athletes, and aspiring professionals who desire to pursue and complete a higher education and contribute back to their communities. However, due to their immigration status undocumented students are unable to apply and receive state or federal financial aid and thus cannot pursue their educational goals at their full potential.

Both, AB 130 and AB 131 would ensure that California’s investment in the education of immigrant youth continues beyond K-12 by granting hard-working undocumented youth the opportunity to pursue and achieve their higher educational goals and thus create a more educated, innovative and competitive workforce. AB 130 would allow students that meet in-state tuition requirements to apply and receive scholarships derived from non-state funds at their respective colleges or universities. AB 131 would go one step further by allowing eligible students to apply and receive financial aid at California public colleges and universities. The types of financial aid these students would be eligible for include Cal Grants, Institutional Student Aid, and Board of Governors Fee Waiver.

The California Dream Act has enjoyed broad support in the past and reached the Governor’s desk only to be vetoed in four different occasions: 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010. We urge you to take leadership and support immigrant youth to ensure the economic prosperity and future of California by signing the CA Dream Act into law in 2011.

The CA Dream Act has gained support from different faith groups, businesses, chambers of commerce, and community organizations such as the Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, CHIRLA, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, ACLU, the University of California, and the California Federation of Teachers only to name a few.

Undocumented students are some of the most hard-working and brightest students in the nation who aspire to become teachers, engineers, politicians, doctors, and productive members of our society. At a time when the economic projections for the state of California suggest that by 2025, two of every five jobs will require a college graduate, we must ensure that all California students have equal access to higher education. It is in the best interest of our state’s economy and future and that of the country to have an educated workforce to provide the innovation and leadership necessary to keep California at the forefront of the global economy and maintain its historic tradition as a national leader in enacting progressive legislation.

I strongly urge the State Legislature and Governor Brown to show leadership on this issue, and support and immediately pass the California Dream Act (AB 130 and AB 131) in 2011.