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Friday August 26, 2011

Undocumented Students Smiling After Panel’s Approval Brings California DREAM Act Closer to Reality

Undocumented Students Smiling After Panel’s Approval Brings California DREAM Act Closer to Reality

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Undocumented students in California received great news today, as the Senate Appropriations Committee approved measure that could potentially allow the students to receive financial aid.

The panel approved the second part of a pair of bills known as the California DREAM Act.

For advocates of the bills, being approved by the panel was a big hurdle now overcome.

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed previous versions of the California DREAM Act, but Gov. Jerry Brown has said he will back it and signed the first half of the act already.

“The governor has articulated his commitment to the ideas and values in the Dream Act, and we have done everything that’s been asked to put a bill in front of the governor he can sign,” bill author Assemblyman Gil Cedillo told the Los Angeles Times.

While those opposed to the bill say the state cannot afford financial aid for those not legally in the country, supporters say it is beneficial to have as many college-educated people as possible as a large portion of baby boomers are set to retire in the next ten years.