California Governor Jerry Brown Signs First Part of California Dream Act

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2011

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs First Part of California DREAM Act

WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) applauds the California Assembly, Senate, and Governor Jerry Brown for approving the first of two bills of the California Dream Act. AB 130, which was signed into law by Governor Brown on Monday, July 25th, 2011, allows undocumented college students to receive privately funded scholarships to attend California public colleges and universities. Although the bill does not create a path to citizenship like the federal DREAM Act, it is an important step toward granting educational opportunities to students who were brought to the U.S. as children.

“California’s Dream Act is a comprehensive model for other states to emulate to better serve our country, which is founded on educational attainment,” said Diana Sen, HNBA President. “We salute California for setting an example of providing all students with equal learning opportunities, and encourage other states to advance these same American values.”

The second part of the California Dream Act, AB 131, would extend undocumented students’ access to public tuition aid, such as Cal Grants. HNBA urges Governor Brown, who has indicated that he is likely to favor this measure, to continue to show his support for the promising undocumented youth of California by allowing them to seek state-funded financial aid. HNBA also commends Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), author of the California Dream Act, for his leadership and determination in guiding these bills through the California legislature and working to ensure greater opportunities for immigrant youth.