Illegal Students Closer to Public Aid

State Senate approves second half of DREAM Act

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011  |  Updated 3:05 PM PDT
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Illegal Students Closer to Public Aid

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Students who are living in the U.S. illegally are one step closer to getting state-funded scholarships and financial aid.

State legislators approved the second half of the California Dream Act with a 22-11 vote. The act is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown, our media partner the North County Times reports.

It is expected that Brown will sign the bill, as its passage was one of his campaign promises.

The first half of the act passed earlier this year qualified illegal immigrant students for private scholarships and loans. This one would open public aid to the students.

Both were authored by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-LA), and differ from the federal version, which gives students who were brought to the country illegally as children a path to citizenship.
 

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