California lawmaker seeks repeal of his state's Dream Act
The law, starting in 2013, will allow children of illegal immigrants to receive state funds to attend schools like UCLA.
December 20th, 2011
02:37 PM ET

California lawmaker seeks repeal of his state's Dream Act

A Republican California Assemblyman is trying to repeal his state's Dream Act, which would give children of illegal immigrants who have graduated high school access to state college grants starting in 2013.

In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the California Dream Act, which would set aside up to $65 million for the children of illegal immigrants who qualify. The legislation differs from a proposed federal bill called the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors - or DREAM - Act, which would give children of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship through military service or college education.

“This is absolute sheer insanity,” said Tim Donnelly, the California Assemblyman. “Nobody is as nuts as California."

Donnelly is trying to gather enough signatures on a petition to get a repeal of the law on the November ballot before the legislation goes into effect in 2013.

He said his opposition is based on economics. “We’re broke,” Donnelly said.

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California is battling a budget deficit. To make things worse, state revenues fell short the last few months triggering automatic cuts to things such as education and health care.

“We simply don’t have the money,” Donnelly said.

The California Dream Act was authored by State Democratic Assemblyman Gil Cedillo. He’s been trying to get the legislation passed since 2006.

“Regardless of whenever they came, regardless of however they got here, it’s a very core American value that we do not punish children for the acts of their parents,” Cedillo said. “When they become job ready, are they going to be ready to lead us into the future and be productive and constructive?”

Cedillo said California can’t afford not to make state money available to the children of illegal immigrants who want to attend college.

Justino Mora, 22, came to the United States from Mexico with his mother when he was 11 years old. He’s studying political science at UCLA but doesn’t know how long the money he’s saved from working since high school graduation will hold out. The Dream Act, he said, is a dream come true.

“It means the world to me,” Mora said.  "I’m the second in my family to graduate high school and could be the first to graduate college."

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soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. 2Smart4Tea

    Well, I know where to go to find ignorant bigots – right here! How does it feel to know that your children will hate you, and pretend that you weren't so backward? How does it feel to know that you will – without a doubt – lose, and that your beliefs will be consigned to history's garbage dump, along with all other forms of bigotry? I can see why you get mad, the illegals probably are taking your jobs, because they are MUCH smarter than you! Have a wonderful day.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Yep I see one too, in your anti American racist comment.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Economystic Extraordinaire

      you should go back to communist cuba.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      Great comment thank you, ignore @Ted's ignorance. Some people just don't know how to get over their own bigotry and hate

      December 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Economystic Extraordinaire

      The NUMBER ONE issue to tackle which incidentally will solve five major national financial problems at once is ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. The best way to CREATE JOBS is to deport all illegal immigrants NOW. First that will create thousands and thousands of seriously needed immigration and border patrol agent jobs right off the bat. Second, as the illegal immigrants are removed and deported the jobs they leave will be available for TRUE AMERICANS. Third, by having TRUE AMERICANS employed then the TAXES WILL BE PAID to the government (instead of the employers of illegal immigrants keeping that money to avoid being detected for employing illegal immigrants). Fourth, by deporting illegal immigrants we SAVE OVER A TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR as a nation since hard working TRUE AMERICANS currently pay taxes to support THE HEALTH, EDUCATION AND WELFARE BEING USED BY THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO WILL NO LONGER BE HERE. (NOT COINCIDENTALLY THIS IS ALMOST EXACTLY EQUAL TO OUR ANNUAL NATIONAL BUDGET DEFICIET) Fifth, we won't be spending real taxpayer dollars on health (including anchor babies) education and welfare on multiple fraudulent/fake identifications for each of these individuals. And finally, as a BIG BONUS it will prove to America and the rest of the world that we are serious about getting our country back on our feet which is the biggest inducement (GLOBAL CONSUMER CONFIDENCE) that will be immediately affected. America and the world need to witness this confidence. Finally, we will show everyone we are serious about protecting our country and our borders from terrorists.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeepster455

      Bigotry is always the easy argument, isn't it? Blame everything on racism and bigotry. My children aren't going to hate me you fool, I did everything in the world and made every sacrifice in the world for them. It's a matter of economics, first and foremost, this country rewards illegal immigrants with enough benefits obtained fraudulently. Get off your soap box with your ignorant rant. Why don't you personally put these people through college? I have my own children to educate, and that is MY PRIORITY, not illegal children. Nothing personal, strictly business.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. justin

    i dont care if illegals take my job. cause i dont have one! i get gov benefits while i play computer games all day.i feel sorry for the people that actually work. WORK hahah...ha

    December 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jen

    I actually do have a lot of sympathy for children of illegal immigrants. Imagine growing up, being a good kid, making great grades, then not being able to go to college like your friends because you can't get any aid. Because your parents did something wrong. That really does suck. But there are two problems with this DREAM Act. First of all, obviously, there just isn't enough money right now to do it. So it shouldn't even be considered, IMO. But even if there was, the second problem is that this is yet another way of reinforcing illegal immigration. It's another incentive.
    And what happens once these kids graduate? How can they get jobs if they still aren't citizens?

    December 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      Those kids are busy, stealing healthcare, free k-12. with free meals there, waving their mexican flags and extending their middle fingers to this country, and reproducing anchors all on the taxpayer dime. Yep good little kiddies.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morgan

      You don't see citizenship coming, really? The dems will continue the victimization of Americans because they only care about votes from the group which reproduces the fastest and most.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      Hahaha @Morgan thank you, thank you, thank you. I am always looking for examples to prove to people that the reason most consider themselves republicans is because of a total lack of knowledge and understanding how political parties stack up. More illegal immigrants have been kicked out of our country by Obama then Bush, reason being, republicans love the cheap labor and will fight to keep it here in America. Time for you to grow up buddy and get a freakin clue

      December 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. justin

    jen, i thought illegal parents become legal after having an anchor baby. and even if they didnt, the dems would add parts to the bill that makes the students that graduate citizens. you honestly dont think the dems would leave that out do you?

    December 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. david saint

    I am for the Dream act, not just because i dont agree with punishing the kids for their parents trying to give them a better life by coming here, but also because having a generation of kids that feel betrayed and ostracized is how revolutions happen!

    December 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • AnAmerican

      And the generation of kids that feel betrayed and ostracized will be the generation of American kids that cannot get into college because their place has been given, free of charge, to an ILLEGAL.
      Remember for every action there is a reaction.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Miguel

    Liberals state that immigration is a Federal issue whenever it suits them.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      So do republicans... you idiot

      December 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hyperactive216

      No Busted you uneducated idiot, Republicans ALWAYS want to do away with ILLEGAL Immigration. Your dumb a s s is BUSTED. P.S. post again so i can get a lock on you:)

      December 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Miguel

    Not one cent of tax payer dollars should pay for Mexico's problems.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      Billions is spent each year to create Mexico's problems. Get people in the US to stop using drugs or make them legal, until then the citizens in the US are the source of Mexico's problems.

      December 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Miguel

    For every one graduate, we have 100 Mexican nationals incarcerated in California.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. justin

    how come people in Egypt are willing to protest and get shot at for their freedom and beliefs, but then you got people in mexico who dont know how to do anything to change their country. there should be masses of mexicans protesting in their country for the downfall of drug cartels and the lack of government intervention.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. justin

    i would rather die than flee to canada.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

      chicks are hot... i like the chongas..

      December 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Illegapol

    Yes Jerry, keep spending money CA does not have. Many US citizens cannot get these grants.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. justin

    i personally want to let EVERY person in mexico into america. i will then kick back with a beer and watch the chaos begin.

    December 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nathaniel

    What a slap in the face to the kids who join the military... to earn money for college.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Paul

    @Economystic Extraordinaire
    Sir i cant begin to tell you how wrong you are. As it was once put, not even Blacks will do the jobs Illegals currently hold. Although this statement is in poor taste; you and i cant deny that its the truth

    December 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
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