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California "Dream Act": Money to Illegal Immigrants for College

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the controversial "Dream Act" that provides money for illegal aliens to attend college.

Brown signed the law Saturday, saying, "Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking. The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us."

There are conditions; students have to have graduated from a California high school, and must have attended school in the state for at least three years. They must also show that they are in the process of becoming legal residents.

"After having invested 12 years in the high school education of these young men and women, who are here through no fault of their own," said Los Angeles Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, who introduced the bill, "it's the smartest thing for us to do to permit these students to get scholarships and be treated like every other student."

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However, opponents say this is not fair to students who are here legally and that it is a poor use of money at a time when the state is pretty much broke.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the program would cost upwards of $14.5 million per year.