AB 131: California Dream Act Second Bill Signed By Governor Jerry Brown

By on Oct 9, 2011 in Education, International, Politics, United States Comments

California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 131 on Saturday, October 8, 2011, also known as the second bill of the California Dream Act.

California Governor Jerry Brown, signing
AB 131, California Dream Act second bill

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As noted at US news sites that day, Governor Brown approved AB 131, which allows undocumented immigrant students throughout the state to apply for state-funded financial aid for college.

According to reports, around 2,500 students are expected to benefit the grants under the new state law where supporters said it could help a lot for growth of the state’s economy.

“Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,” Governor Brown was quoted in a statement, a day after he signed AB376, banning the sale or possession of shark fins.

“The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us.” The Democrat governor added, who signed AB130, the first of California Dream Act last July.

The controversial bill was authored by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), which was said to be expanding educational opportunities for all qualified students, which reportedly costs $1.4 billion.

Meanwhile, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights Los Angeles executive director Angelica Salas told reports that her Facebook feeds had tons of positive comments about the signing of the AB 131.

However, most Republican legislators were said to have voted against it, stating that it would be unfair for legal immigrants. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger did not sign the bill.

Among the Republican politicians publicly announcing their strong opposition against the California Dream Act are Tim Donnelly (R-San Bernardino) and Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills).

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