California Governor Jerry Brown’s passing of the Dream Act yesterday is making waves in California. The controversial act allows undocumented immigrants in the state of California to qualify for state-funded financial aid for their college education. Does this sound right to you or does it sound like an unnecessary handout?
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The issue of illegal immigration is a hot topic for many of us. Regardless of your political views, all people should have a right to education. But what about providing state-funded financial aid to undocumented illegal immigrants. Does that sound fair?
Governor Jerry Brown of California thinks so. Right now, current law states that undocumented students who have graduated from a California high school pay resident tuition rates for college if they can prove they’re working to legalize their immigration status. Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, those students can start applying for state-funded Cal Grants and other public aid.
In July, another bill was approved which makes financial aid from private sources available to the same group of students. The California Dream Act is comprised of both of these laws. Everyone deserves to dream, right? Seems like many are coming true.
‘The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us,’ Governor Jerry Brown said.
2,500 students are expected to qualify for Cal Grants estimates The California Department of Finance, totaling $14.5 million.
Some people say it’s not the U.S.’s responsibility to provide for illegal immigrants, but let me ask you this. If you came from a country where there were no opportunities for you me to the U.S. for a better life, wouldn’t you want the opportunity to get an education? It’s easy to say go back to where you came from, but on a human level, that mindset doesn’t seem to be the answer. People are people and deserve the chance to better themselves. The Dream Act will make that a reality.
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