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. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Everybody wants to be like Gov. Jeri Brown. It's easier than work!

    December 21, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    So you and your main squeeze get tired of it here and you go to Mexico to make a baby or two. So you pack your junk and move there. So do you honestly think your going to get exposure to perhaps Jerry Browns mexican counterpart?
    Here's what happens....

    Reference Washington Times

    Under the Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years. Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms. Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.

    The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents.

    December 21, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • AzPatriot

      @Jeff Frank: so you think we should treat people the
      same way mexico does?

      December 21, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie W

      I think we have the responsibility to educate all legal residents of this nation FIRST. And students that are LEGALLY here in California are being denied classes, while illegal immigrants are taking those seats. And FYI California is BROKE. Period. AB131 was nothing but a politician buying votes.

      December 22, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. california politics blog

    California politics are obviously complex and building a consensus in a now polarized population makes things a real struggle. Californians really need to relearn what it means to be bipartisan and work toward compromise.

    December 21, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Avser Bastian

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    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship ever !!!) !!?

    December 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Avser Bastian

    NEW – NOT LIABILITIES OR DISCRIMINATION, BUT INSTEAD ASSASSINATIONS !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ LEARN TRUTH ABOUT EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION, UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS !!! NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/ ABDUCTIONS / RENDITIONS / BRAIN CHIP IMPLANTS / BLACKLISTING / BLACKBALLING / MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING against civilian population TODAY / ASSASINATIONS and much more per WHO, WHY, AND HOW !!!

    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship ever !!!) !!?

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    December 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. justin

    im sorry guys, but its never going to end. 57% of illegal families are on government assistance. and currently the Hispanic population is increasing by 4 times the nations 9.7% growth rate annually. i dont have to tell you how scary that is. not because they are mexicans, but because they ALWAYS depend on government assistance. from my experience of where i live, they always seem to go for the 3 child welfare limit. 3 children is the max benefits you can get. i also believe that they dont get married to further increase their benefits. thats right, why have 1 food stamp card when you can have 2? daddy can also buy his brand new ram truck, shiny red. im pretty much the only white person on my street and what i see is just disgusting. women pushing 3 kids in a stroller while her 16 year old daughter is pushing her 1 year old right next to her. fat slobby women in pajamas that amount to nothing sitting in line at the food stamp office, while their kids are running around screaming and jumping on furniture. i seemed to be the only normal person there. after getting my 63 dollars a month in food stamps, i left the building and got in my bucket of a car. but i notice that there are alot of men sitting in their nice cadillacs, dodge truck, bmw, mercedes, new SUVs, just waiting for their fat women to come out from the food stamp office. they can afford these cars, but not food? i dont get it. well i do, its called milking the system. and i see it get worse year by year. the women get fatter and fatter, and their kids are too!!! the least they can do while they sit around all day is cook the kids a healthy meal. but no, she takes them to mcdonalds so she doesnt even have to lift a finger to cook, while the husband is away doing construction.it is so literally disgusting. but thats ok, because i know its not going to end, and i have that comfort. its going to get worse, so just jump on the boat with the rest of us and milk the government while you can.

    December 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gurgi

      @Justin, You hit the nail on the head. We have similar issues in Illinois. They should not be suprised if there is prejudice against them, stereotypes etc. They bring it on themselves.

      December 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • NO ILLEGALS EVER

      Justin, you just described my neighborhood, the people in it, the vehicles they are driving etc. Are you also in San Antonio, Texas? If not, they are already headed toward taking over everywhere. Thats their goal, to take back land they say Americans stole from them. Obumma says it's ok, I guess.

      December 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dick Hertz

    Leeches. Need I say more?

    December 22, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. california political

    California is almost too big to function in a proper capacity. It is too diverse. There are too many interests competing. More power and resources have to given to local municipalities.

    December 22, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sam

    Why should an illegal entry give such an award to their off springs. It should not. My American born Children could not afford to go to college. We were unable to afford college for them. These kids born to an illegal should NOT be citizens of the USA but citizens of the mother's nationality. I resent contributing to their schooling of any kind.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jake

    If we as Americans don't stand up for this nation we have lost our America. What is wrong with the Federal Government enforcing our laws. No other nation on earth allow this law breaking process to continue. I tried to get help for a disabled grandchild and could not even get into the building, or find seating for the NON English speaking foreigners. They have one baby right after the other and why not since the American worker foots the tab. They support their new little citizen with housing, food stamps, medical care and etc. My children were unable to attend college. They were not able to be a free loader and I resent even thinking about allowing illegals' children a free education on my dollar.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Katie W

    Go to STOPAB131.com. This is up to 65 Million dollars a year. Put it on the ballot and let the voters decide. Not a politician.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. O'Rambo

    It is Never acceptable to spend the tax money of citizens to subsidize lawbreakers, anywhere, foreign or domestic! I feel sympathy for children of illegal border jumpers who thought they were American, but weren't. After they become citizens, then they can get state scholarships. Private moneys can subsidize them until then. Why were they permitted to attend elementary school? Where is Child Welfare to prevent this in the first place? Where are the fines and jail sentences on those who employed their parents???

    December 23, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. politics in california

    The politics in this state are challenging to say the least. The recession and budget crisis are going to hurt for a while. This is a large and diverse state. Changes comes slowly here when it is run through the government. It will be innovative businesses and new untapped industries that are going to get the state out of this mess with new jobs. It is all about jobs!

    December 24, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Dam Ba

      Where I live most of my neighbors are Mexican Nationals and they have most of the jobs. I know a few who are not employed, but I know many more citizens who are unemployed. You are soft-pedaling the situation because you see that almost all of the post are against giving favor to illegal immigrants. Immigrants who waited in line and are going through the process and citiZens who are unemployed, should not have to get in line behind illegals.

      December 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dam Ba

    The Dream Act actually violates the federal code in that ut says it is a crime to 'encourage...the residing' of an illegal alien in the US. So, all of the sponsors of this bill, and Gov. Brown, have committed a federal criminal offense. Actually, it is a felony conspiracy to encourage residing here because that law prescribes additional penalties for each illegal alien involved in the criminal enterprise. I feel sorry for the students because most of the Democrats are making these statements, which are really just Social Justice, and have nothing to do with our actual laws, and because most of the illegals have been educated in our deficient educational system, they believe these similarly educationally deficient leaders. And, when they read something like my post, many of them go into a violent racial attack, much the same way as Nazis used to do in the 1920's. La Raza and Atztlan advocates especially are almost identical to the early-on Nazis.

    December 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cosmo

    All this crap with illegals is insane.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
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