California Enacts ‘Dream Act’

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OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 31: California Attorney General and Democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown pauses while speaking during a news conference August 31, 2010 in Oakland, California. Attorney general Brown announced that law enforcement officers had arrested key members of the Nuestra Familia gang who had orchestrated crimes from inside prison using cell phones. Brown called for a solution to end the use of contraband cellular phones inside prisons. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jerry Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed the state’s own “Dream Act,” which will allow illegal immigrants to use privately funded scholarships to attend the state’s public colleges and universities. California state law already lets illegal immigrant pay in-state tuition rather than the more expensive out-of-state tuition, but many four-year institutions are still too expensive. Twelve other states have similar legislation, while five states bar illegal immigrants from any in-state tuition benefits. The bill is named after the failed federal bill that would have given young, undocumented immigrants who had lived in the U.S. for three years the chance to become citizens through college or military service.