A controversial bill that would allow illegal immigrants to get state financial aid while attending California's public colleges and universities is now in the hands of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has until the end of this month to sign or veto.Those "non-California residents" are U.S. citizens. In other words, as with the current law, we'd be giving illegal aliens - largely citizens of Mexico - a better deal than U.S. citizens. And, since there is only so many resources, this would in effect be a taking from U.S. citizens. And, along the way, that would devalue U.S. citizenship.
The bill's author, state Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, called on the governor Wednesday to "invest in California's future" by signing SB 160, also called the California DREAM Act, into law. Opponents say the state should not give money to lawbreakers.
While Schwarzenegger has not taken a position on the bill, he has previously shown some inclination to extend state support to the children of illegal immigrants.
The governor has supported an existing state law, passed in 2002, which now allows undocumented students in California to pay in-state tuition rates in public colleges and universities. Tuition for non-California residents is about 10 times higher...
California · Thu, 09/07/2006 - 10:37 · Importance: 1