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"California Dream Act" Advances

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The bill would allow undocumented students who qualify for in-state tuition to apply for Cal Grants and other state aid.  It's already passed the Assembly and has now been approved by a Senate committee. Maria Luna is an undocumented student who attended Sacramento State and is now hoping to attend law school.  She urged legislators to support the change:

Luna: "Our status is not permanent - my status is not permanent.  Opponents are not permanent, but education is.  That's something that I believe in and I ask that you believe in our potential as undocumented youth."

The bill is part of a package known as the "California Dream Act." A companion measure makes the same students eligible for private aid. Opponents argue the funding doesn't make sense, since the students can't be legally hired after graduation.
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