The new law will let illegal aliens deprive some American citizens of college, as even the Los Angeles Times admitted . The bill Brown signed is a slap in the face to not just U.S. citizens, but legal immigrants as well: Jerry Brown supports taking very valuable resources (college slots and discounts) away from U.S. citizens and legal immigrants to give them to citizens of other countries who are here illegally. Those citizens of other countries have another option: returning to their home country and seeking a possibly free or low-cost education there. Mexicans who come here illegally can get a free or low-cost California education, but American citizens can't go to Mexico and get a free or low-cost education.
If you don't like this, then you need to take effective action now. Help find one or more lawyers or similar to use the question authority plan to discredit politicians like Jerry Brown using the questions on the DREAM Act page. It would have been fairly easy for a skilled questioner - a trial lawyer, former police detective, or similar - to discredit a politician who supports the DREAM Act using that plan. If someone (for instance, Dick Durbin) had been discredited over the national version of the DREAM Act, Jerry Brown probably would not have signed the state version.
It also has to be noted that many of those who present themselves as likely opponents of such bills aren't doing their jobs. The tea parties have largely ignored immigration for over two and a half years, when fiscal conservatives discuss California it's mostly to engage in the Fiscal Con, and some part of the conservative base has shown how little regard they have for fundamental U.S. concepts by turning their backs on California. Those listed groups will present Brown's signing as yet another California thing, when it's anything but that: those who consciously support such bills are just a small part of California. It would serve the interests of the teapartiers and the conservative base to help discredit those who push such bills, but helping with that does not seem to be something they're willing or able to do.
UPDATE: To underline the last paragraph, here's a rundown of rightwing response to the new law.
But applicants for state university grants outstrip the number of available awards, a CSU spokesman said. As a result, an undocumented student could receive one while an equally eligible U.S. citizen might not. Undocumented students also pay into the fund with their student fees.
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