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. jeepster455

    At least Tim Donnelly has a logical head on his shoulders. TIM DONNELLY FOR PRESIDENT!!

    December 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paolo

      Tim for President of the local KKK club you mean .. take the mask down TIM, we no longer need racist and xenophobic individuals

      December 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calvin

      Yeah Paolo, a broke state giving preference to those in the country illegally. The governor should be recalled!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hyperactive216

      poalo looking for a free ride on everybody elses back. I want some money too. how about the illegals contribute to my welfare for awhile!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    my grand parents are of mexican decent... they hate the border jumpers..
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    they had to immigrate leaglly and they hate when the border jumpers come over and get a free ride that yhey had to work hard for..

    December 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paolo

      this is not for border jumpers, this is for minor who have been brought here are young age by their parents. They do not inherit the mistake of their parents. And anyway we are better off with educated people, rather with ignorant ranters.
      Of course you don't get that ...

      December 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calvin

      They are border jumpers. Period!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hyperactive216

      Border jumpers pogo

      December 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oi

      Paolo, they are STILL border jumpers. They don't get a free pass just because their parents brought them here. You cannot separate them from their parents' actions. To do so means giving incentive to parents to continue violating our borders, plain and simple. The children cannot be allowed to profit from the illegal acts of the parents. That will go a long way in stopping the virtual invasion we are suffering.

      December 20, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    This is a California issue. I'm sure they will solve it without bigotry from the outside.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andy Daniel

    It makes no moral sense to punish kids for being brought here by their parents.
    It makes no financial sense to prevent the brightest minds, regardless of race or paperwork, from becoming as productive as they can be.
    It only makes political sense – take money away fom non-voters and give it to voters so that you can be re-elected.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hyperactive216

      How about if you support it, YOU pay for it. If you dont support it, you dont pay for it. Problem solved!!

      December 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      "It makes no financial sense to prevent the brightest minds, regardless of race or paperwork, from becoming as productive as they can be."

      Free college education for everybody! It doesn't make fiscal sense to inhibit anybody in this country from becoming a white collar desk jocky and completely eliminating the service sector! Good job, bozo.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOB

      Hyperactive, everyone's taxes support programs they don't personally support. Trying growing up. Just a wee bit.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doodad

      That is a typical California remedy, reward the kids for their parents lawlessness.

      If that is their answer, then so not to discriminate, the state should also provide free college for the kids of murderers, rapists, bank robbers, etc. or else that would be going against their own idiotic way of thinking.

      I mean, hey, it's not the kids fault ! ! ! !

      December 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hyperactive216

      HEY BOB TRYING growing up? Everybodies taxes paying for everything is something of the past. Post again so I can get a lock on you and show you what I mean. LOL

      December 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oi

      "Hyperactive216 – How about if you support it, YOU pay for it. If you dont support it, you dont pay for it. Problem solved!!"

      Hey man, you've really got something there!!!

      December 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Icouldcarelessaboutyou

    Dear poor and stupid white people (just those that are poor and stupid). You will be a minority soon. Illegal immigration reform or not: you do not reproduce fast enough and you are not that smart: survival of the fittest – remember.
    So called "wetback" worker is charging $5 an hour and works HARD, you on the other hand will ask for $10 and will barely work. Hmmm, I do not have an incentive to kick them out and hire you – none, zero.
    So stop spewing your republican lie and get back to work.
    Signed: Smart, very well educated, 1%er, white, former legal immigrant, naturalized citizen (and yeah, I pay more taxes then most of the poor & stupid mentioned above)

    December 20, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not that smart...

      Really? You could care less about me? I guess you're not that well educated after all are you?

      December 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hyperactive216

      YOU ARE A SHAM!! Anyone from the 1% would be able to assemble an intelligent paragraph. You cannot. Go back to your home with your 16 family members and quit looking for handouts.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lonnie Tillett

    Does this money then go to California kids here legally? The cost is staggering even now for me and my 20 year old.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • CSU Student

      Costs are staggering, and they increase every semester about 9%. Because I come from the middle class and receive support from my parents, I must pay full tuition, and which about 1/3 of my tuition goes to cover state grants for those who receive no financial support.

      Talking to many students about this dream act, they feel that more colleges should be built in California, so that more students should be able to attend, but the main feeling is: Why should they receive grants and not have to take out loans like the rest of us?

      December 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calvin

      No, it will be given to illegals preferentially. That is the problem.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DC

    Mexafornia.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bugs Ears

    This world doesn't promise you anything! Everyone has to fight and claw their way to a better financial life. Yet if you let God lead your life... Your life will follow the path it was meant for. Maybe rocky but Paradise is eternal, it's the Goal !!! 🙂

    December 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ned

    This is kind of stupid. Lets break it down. We are going to cut back on providing grants(pell grants) and loan guarentees(Stafford loans) to children of tax payers(Its in the job bill). This is because we need to cut back some where due to the current budget deficit. We are going to raise state school tuition, because of the budget deficit as well. Then, we are going to provide a program(The Dream act) which gives money to children of illegal immegrants(who are also illegal immigrants), so that they can become educated people. This is redistribution of wealth, in the most stupid way. We are going to raise up the education level of non tax payers over our poor current tax payers and potential future tax payers.

    Now to pay for this, I think that we need to have another cookie bake sale. The cost will be $5.00 to whites, $4.50 to asians, 2.50 for people of color, including latinos, and $0.00 for illegal latinos and grounds keepers who aren't white, black or asian. That is really fair.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bugs Ears

    @ ned, LOL

    December 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave in San Diego

    So you dont want to provide a grant for some of them to attend college? Instead, keep them at a high school edcuation level which means they are only workling low paying jobs. Low paying jobs = government assistance. As far as I know, yearly welfare beneifts are much more expensive to the state and its taxpayers than a Cal Grant. Max Cal Grants are a lot less than government assistance. Seems as this legislator is very shortsighted.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes

      NO, what we want is fairness for everyone. You really think its fair to give a free education to illegal aliens while other equally smart and eager students have to take out crippling loans? Its punishement on everyone else. MY tax dollars paying for an illegal alien's education, health care and food? While I can't even afford to send my OWN children to college? ABSOLUTELY NO!

      Its not punishment to expect THEM to find a job and pay their way through school just like everyone else. It took me nearly 20 years to pay back my student loans. When I see someone who is less smart than I am getting a free ride ONLY BECAUSE they are a minority/illegal alien/political-talking-point-of-the-week... it makes my blood boil!

      Educate the illegals but not the citizens? NO, absolutely NO.

      December 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tom

    To those who are willing to legislate my money and opportunities away to appease the illegal freeloaders; feel free to make a generous contribution to the federal government so that my tax burden might be slightly diminished.

    Gifts to the United States
    U.S. Department of the Treasury
    Credit Accounting Branch
    3700 East-West Highway, Room 622D
    Hyattsville, MD 20782

    December 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Please refrain from making stupid comments regarding this being a California issue. The DREAM Act has been a recurring issue in Congress for years now.

      December 20, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT (pit bull trainer)

    how come the mexicans at pizza hut when they use the bathroom the put the toilet paper in the garbage can instead of flushing it?
    .
    my dream act would be that they wouldn't stink the bathroom up..

    December 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. CScott

    I had to wait 10 YEARS to be with my family, came to USA on PAN AM, landed at LAX, a sign read WELCOME TO THE USA, NOT crawling under some other country fence. wanting special treatment.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CScott

    had to wait 10 YEARS to be with my family, came to USA on PAN AM, landed at LAX, a sign read WELCOME TO THE USA, NOT crawling under some other country fence. Wanting special treatment.

    December 20, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
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