University of California students – including many undocumented immigrants – are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to sign a bill supporters call the DREAM Act. It would make college students who are undocumented immigrants eligible for state financial aid.
Ernesto Zumaya was among the undocumented students at a news conference at the Capitol Monday. He’s a senior transfer student at UCLA who says he’ll earn his Bachelor’s degree in English this December. Given his limited financial resources, Zumaya says not having student financial aid has prolonged his education.
“I’m unable to get up to apply for loans. Obviously, I don’t get any federal or state financial aid,” said Zumaya. “That’s the main reason I was in community college for four years. And I transferred to UCLA in 2009. And due to budget cuts and fee increases, I had to take three quarters off within my stay at UCLA.”
Speaking to reporters Monday, Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg said he’s “confident” the governor will sign the bill. Brown has until October 9th to decide.