College students who are in the country illegally would be eligible for state financial aid under legislation that has passed the state Senate.
The bill is the second in a two-part package known as the California Dream Act. The measure allows some undocumented college students to compete for state financial aid. That includes assistance offered by colleges and universities and in some cases, Cal Grants.
Democratic Senator Ron Calderon supports the bill, saying, “those who work hard and become good students, should not be punished for decisions made by their parents.”
But many Republicans–such as Assemblyman Tim Donnelley–oppose the legislation. “No matter how deserving these students are,” he said. “We shouldn’t be creating an incentive that’s going to make California a magnet for illegal immigration.”
The bill must go back to the Assembly for final approval. The first part of the Dream Act has already passed the legislature and been signed by the Governor. It makes undocumented college students eligible for private financial aid.