Financial Aid for Illegal Students OK’d

Financial Aid for Illegal Students OK’d

MARCH 16, 2011


The Assembly Higher Education Committee approved two bills on Tuesday allowing college students who are in the state illegally to receive financial aid. Dubbed the California Dream Act, AB130 allows illegal immigrants to receive privately funded college scholarships, and AB131 allows them to receive taxpayer-funded financial aid such as Cal Grants.

Currently, illegal students who spend at least three years in California high schools pay only the in-state tuition rate — a significant cost savings over legal citizens from other states who are attending California colleges. That benefit was provided by AB540, which passed in 2001.

The AB130/131 sponsor, Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, told the committee that while AB540 was a good first step, it does little good for undocumented students who can’t afford the lower rate.

“AB130 puts forth the proposition that we should recognize that there are young men and women in our universities and community colleges that were brought here through no choice of their own,” said Cedillo. “Young men and women who have learned our language, embraced our cultures, our values and made one choice: to work hard, play by the rules and be the best they can be. We are obligated to educate these young men and women. There is no law in this state and nation that says we should punish the children for the acts of the parents.

“The greatness of this nation is that you can come from very challenging circumstances, and within one generation you can transform your life through public education. It’s the great equalizer. California leads the nation in many areas of public policy, AB32 comes to mind. We have a chance to be very progressive about recognizing the immigrant history of this state and nation. Most importantly, to recognize a vision and dream that began with our founding fathers. This is a nation of immigrants. That is the dream and why we are here today.”

Cedillo was backed by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, who said that in-state tuition and housing is about $31,000 per year, adding, “UC Berkeley students are some of California’s best and brightest. This includes undocumented students who need our help. This will ensure they can attend UC Berkeley.”

UCLA Vice Chancellor Scott Waugh said that these students have it tougher than other students: “Many overcome everyday obstacles, some have long bus commutes, others sleep on friends’ couches. Despite this, they thrive at UCLA. We strongly believe they will be future leaders of California and our nation if we give them the opportunity.”

One of those students is Anna Gomez, who graduated UC Berkeley with a 3.7 grade point average. She told the committee that she has had to put on hold her plan to attend law school “because of financial difficulties. [Financial aid] would make such a huge difference in the lives of so many people and stop so many people from living a life of despair, and give them a chance to study and hope that they can attend university.”

More than a hundred people voiced support for the bills. But only one, Rowena Donnelly, the granddaughter of a farm worker who legally immigrated to this country, stood up in opposition. She is also the wife of Assemblyman Tim Donnelly R-Twin Peaks, a self-described minuteman who cast one of the two votes against the bills.

Donnelly, who is the Assembly seatmate and a friend of Cedillo, argued against the legislation’s unfairness for California’s beleaguered taxpayers, for those who chose to come here legally and for American citizens in other states who have to pay much higher tuition to attend California colleges.

“You talked about us being a nation of immigrants — you left out that we are also a nation of laws,” said Donnelly to Cedillo. “The problem with AB130 is you are looking to set a precedent that will become an incentive for more people to come here illegally. I’m a huge proponent of legal immigration. With the budget cuts, we are shrinking the number of spots available (in state colleges). The cuts haven’t even started yet – we have $5.5 billion worth of cuts. That means (openings) won’t be available for citizens or members of the military. Using taxpayer funds to essentially cheat citizens of an opportunity at the colleges at a time when that is most needed — people need to be trained for new jobs — I don’t see how this is an appropriate use of funds. Even though the cause may tug at our heart strings.”

The other vote against the bills was cast by Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, who was born in Lebanon to Armenian parents. He legally emigrated to the United States, “where through hard work and perseverance he was able to pursue the American Dream,” he states on his Web site. At Tuesday’s hearing, Achadjian argued that it will do little good for illegal students to graduate from college if they are not legally allowed to get a job afterwards. The focus should instead be on providing citizenship for college graduates, he said.

Addressing Gomez and another student who testified on behalf of the bills, Achadjian said, “If I want to make this country my home, I want to knock on every door to make sure somebody gives me an opportunity. We want you to be a part of our community. I can look at you with all sincerity, but that question does not leave me alone: Why aren’t you trying to become U.S. citizens?” The students were offered an opportunity to respond but declined.

Last November the California Supreme Court unanimously upheld the legality of AB540, overturning a lower court ruling. The plaintiffs seeking to overturn AB540 argued that federal immigration law banning post-secondary education benefits for illegal aliens preempts it.

“By making illegal aliens who possess no lawful domicile in the state of California eligible for in-state tuition rates, while denying this benefit to U.S. citizens whose lawful domicile is outside California, the state of California has denigrated U.S. citizenship and placed U.S. citizen plaintiffs in a legally disfavored position compared to that of illegal aliens,” is the way the lower court summed up the anti-AB540 argument.

The California Supreme Court disagreed, ruling, “It cannot be the case that states may never give a benefit to unlawful aliens without giving the same benefit to all American citizens.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who argued the anti-AB540 case, may appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. In an op-ed he wrote, “It makes no sense to hand this valuable subsidy to illegal aliens when so many U.S. citizens can’t afford to attend college — even at the in-state rates. If we are going to subsidize anyone’s tuition, let’s help out our own citizens before we reward aliens who are breaking federal law by remaining in this country.”

AB130 and AB131 will next go for review by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Cedillo co-authored AB540 and has sponsored numerous unsuccessful bills to allow illegal aliens to have driver’s licenses.


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  1. Julio
    Julio 16 March, 2011, 11:12

    The date should be corrected to say “2011”, not “2010”.

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  2. larry 62
    larry 62 16 March, 2011, 11:27

    Pretty much guarantees that California will be run by illegals within 50 years.

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  3. Thad 65
    Thad 65 16 March, 2011, 12:09

    It can’t get any more wrong than this.

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  4. Bob
    Bob 16 March, 2011, 13:11

    “Dubbed the California Dream Act…”

    A dream come true for illegal aliens, a nightmare for California taxpayers.

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  5. ggswede
    ggswede 16 March, 2011, 14:47

    Well, that cuts it.Now they’re giving tax money to illegals.Looks like I’ll go ahead and except that offer for my home and head elsewhere.

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  6. calif2
    calif2 16 March, 2011, 14:59

    We need to join as tax payers and start calling for the end of ALL funding for colleges. I am a graduate of the Cal State system and worked my way through school and never got any help from these idiots now they want us to pay for illegal’s to go to school while we can not afford to send our own children. It is time for revolution like they did in Egypt and put these people’s heads on sticks. This is the most disgusting thing I have read yet what kind of fools do they take us for! How do we fire all of them NOW!!!

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  7. Dave
    Dave 17 March, 2011, 07:26

    Cedillo says, “There is no law in this state and nation that says we should punish the children for the acts of the parents.” To. Which I say, “How about abortion?!? That’s the ultimate case of a child being punished for the acts of their parents. What Cedillo said just isn’t true…

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  8. Skep41
    Skep41 17 March, 2011, 08:14

    What part of ‘we’re broke’ do these geniuses not understand? I’m with Calif2…the state university bureaucracy is due for a massive chop. They are politically vulnerable too. As ‘gimme’ pressure groups go the university system has almost no constituency. The stampede for declining tax dollars will leave them in the wreckage. How sweet it will be for those of us in the private sector to watch our public sector buddies, the ones who thought they were on the iron rice bowl for life, scrambling to keep their heads above water. What sweet karma!

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  9. Pocho
    Pocho 17 March, 2011, 13:09

    !!!MIL GRACIAS!!!

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  10. MariePeters
    MariePeters 17 March, 2011, 20:35

    That is down right disgusting!!!!! What part of illegal dont they understand?

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  11. Joseph
    Joseph 17 March, 2011, 20:40

    I seriously hope that California goes bankrupt from all of their pandering to illegals, so that the rest of us can tell the Californicators to go screw themselves when they come begging for a bailout.

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  12. Cntryspirit
    Cntryspirit 17 March, 2011, 20:49

    Ask, me agin – why I don’t live there !!!

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  13. Deborah
    Deborah 17 March, 2011, 20:54

    This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. The state wonders why it is bankrupt? The government of California should all be put out of office. Send the illegals back where they came from.

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  14. kdjlisac
    kdjlisac 17 March, 2011, 21:07

    He said we shouldn’t punish the children for the acts of their parents, but hello sir, these college kids are really adults. They are over 18 and if they are still illegal, then we should not have to pay for their college education. They say my husband makes too much. He only made 31,000 last year. Right,too much money. We barely make ends meet, we can’t afford to pay for our son to go but we make too much. Then they want to give that money or scholarship to an illegal. Please, let’s take care of our own first. Thet them worry about themselves. They are afterall, adults when they are in college..

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  15. Bestgrandmaever
    Bestgrandmaever 17 March, 2011, 21:07

    This is an outrage!! I totally agree with cakf2 abd sjeo41 we need to put these people’s heads on a stick this is disgusting beyond words..our tax dollars to give to illegals is like treason, seems like it would be unconstitutional. Isn’t it the federal Government’s job to protect us and to enforce there own laws? Aren’t illegals suppose to be deported if they are known to be here in the us illegally….I don’t get it!!

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  16. Brook
    Brook 17 March, 2011, 21:07

    Aside from the obvious economical woes, what I find startling is that these students who reportedly are eager to be a part of our country, our culture, learned the language, all the things they report as wanting to be a part of us, were asked “why aren’t you trying to become U.S. citizens?” They were asked and given the opportunity to respond “BUT DECLINED!!!!!”
    There you have it folks. You cannot say it is because they do not speak English as it is already disclosed that they do. The reason is because United States citizenship IS NOT what they want. It IS NOT what they seek. They have no intentions of being U.S. citizens. All they want is our money in any form, whether free food, free housing, free medical care, free education, our jobs without having to pay taxes, and YES, Free education including FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION INCLUDING FROM IVY LEAGUE INSTITUTIONS. That free education is to help them further put Americans out of jobs and also to take over our government, ie., as per a UCLA professor’s encouragement & endorsement, “to replace all those old white men!” They are to invade every American institution as part of their movement to conquer and take over the United States of America. And our tax dollars, given to them in every form, will help them achieve that goal. It is just truly astounding and amazing that our citizens, WE THE PEOPLE, are actually paying for our own overthrow and demise. Normally, countries put up a fight. I guess this will be a first……and by the U.S.A.

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  17. Chris
    Chris 17 March, 2011, 21:11

    When CA finally goes under and needs a bailout, I suggest asking Mexico for it, since that’s where most of their money has been going for the last few decades.

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  18. Dick
    Dick 17 March, 2011, 21:14

    How can anyone expect CA to do anything but flounder with idiotic decisions like this being made?

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  19. Liz
    Liz 17 March, 2011, 21:16

    Joseph says:
    March 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm
    I seriously hope that California goes bankrupt from all of their pandering to illegals, so that the rest of us can tell the Californicators to go screw themselves when they come begging for a bailout.

    I agree with you Joseph and I live in this hellhole of a state. We need to revolt as taxpayers. Stop having anything taken out of our paychecks to send in for taxes and starve the beast. This also goes for the feds too.

    Everyone needs to go to their human resources departments and get new W4 forms and put in 10 deductions. Make sure you figure out the taxes that you owe and put them away for when this fools finally come to their senses!!!

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  20. JD
    JD 17 March, 2011, 21:26

    Pretty bad when Americans can’t get scholarships but we are giving them to illegals.

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  21. Aaron
    Aaron 17 March, 2011, 21:34

    It makes me sick. My wife and I had to work very hard to support ourselves through college. Now they are just giving it way to people who dont even belong here. This is just one of the reasons my wife and I are moving to Ohio. We cant stand California.

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  22. Joe
    Joe 17 March, 2011, 21:38

    When is the public going to wake up and take back our state, local and federal governments. These people who are elected do not represent us anymore only there special interests. Cedillo is more concerned for his illegal mexican constituents than he is for the citizens of this state who have to foot the bill. Were broke you idiot and you still piss money away like there’s no tomorrow. Hey Cedillo you want to do some good for your people go back to Mexico and straighten out your own country.

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  23. Nicole
    Nicole 17 March, 2011, 21:47

    Are you kidding me? This is ridiculous! Get a job and pay your own way!!!!

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  24. KathyMarie
    KathyMarie 17 March, 2011, 21:57

    I can’t believe this! How can you be a student without even being a citizen to begin with?? I have to provide extensive background information, including my citizenship in order to just APPLY for anything! And 90% of the time get denied. Now the person that lives in Kentucky for 30 years goes to school in CA and has to pay out of state tuition, but the fool from another country gets instate tuition because they stayed safe for 3 yrs within CA school district?? And now financial aide on top of it all. I am sick.

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  25. KW
    KW 17 March, 2011, 22:06

    Do tell…..VOTE the [email protected]$#%^ds out of positions of authority and get our state back! This is so wrong.

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  26. LUCY
    LUCY 17 March, 2011, 22:17

    this is soon as I CAN AFFord it i am moving out of this hell hole state

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  27. Margaret
    Margaret 17 March, 2011, 22:30

    We need to stop paying taxes until we can elect others who will not support these STUPID bills.
    It seems to me that Mexico, especially, needs good people to get that country straightened out. Maybe the best thing that we can do for the USA is to send these wonderful illegals back to Mexico to take care of that country.

    Cedillo is my representative for the moment—–I hope that redistricting will change that—–he has a very large hispanic constituency, which is the reason that he introduces things like this.! EXTREMELY SELF-SERVING—PROBABLY THINKS THAT HE WOULD BE A GREAT GOVERNOR!!! I THINK THAT HE IS JUST A NARCISSIST !!!!!

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  28. Sherman P. Van Lieu
    Sherman P. Van Lieu 17 March, 2011, 22:35

    They say that these young people who were brought here by their parents basically didn’t ask to be brought here yet we tax payers are the ones to foot the bill out of our own pockets to give these undocumented/illegal people a free ride. What guarantees do we have that these students go through our colleges with free tuition money and then go right back to where their parents came from after receiving a free education off the backs of the American tax payers? I say put them to work with the groups like the Peace Corp, or make them join the military and earn that money and citizenship, THEN they can go to school once they have earned that right. If they don’t finish the Peace Corp, or drop out of the military then they get squat!

    I’m a middle class American, I work my ass off to get what I have, NEVER EVER getting a free ride for schooling, housing, and everything else I ever got. So California you have jut put another nail in the coffin of the middle class American……..SCREW YOU!

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  29. Ralph
    Ralph 17 March, 2011, 22:57

    Just imagine that legal California residents had a statewide tax-revolt to protest this unfair development?

    Can they arrest everyone in the state?

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  30. Justice
    Justice 17 March, 2011, 23:09

    I can’t believe this!!! I am a senior attending one of the California State University campuses and it makes me sick that illegal immigrants are being treated better than our own natural born citizens! I grew up in California and I’m ineligible for a Cal. Grant even though my husband and I are living on our own making less than $18,000 a year! How can this country and state turn their backs on it’s NATURAL BORN and LEGAL citizens in favor of people who clearly don’t respect this country enough to follow our laws? Not to mention, most college students are 18 or older and are responsible for their own actions! The minute they turn 18 they can no longer blame their parents and should take it upon themselves to “fix” their illegal status or get out of our country until they are adult enough to do what their parents didn’t do… come here LEGALLY!!!

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  31. AMERICAN Latinas (facebook)
    AMERICAN Latinas (facebook) 17 March, 2011, 23:15

    Illegals are not citizens of the United States, let alone CA. Rewards for wetbacks. What an outrage!

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  32. Shelly
    Shelly 18 March, 2011, 01:07

    I guess it’s official, California has kicked itself to the curb. Think it’s bad now? Just wait. More illegals equals more crime. We need Arizona’s laws asap. So sad to see it go. Thank God I’ll be dead before it’s covered in graffiti and it’s just like TJ/Mexico. Funny how they leave their country because they supposedly hate it, yet they make california just like it!

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  33. Junes_Reston
    Junes_Reston 18 March, 2011, 03:53

    When state and local government allow the state to go 40% Latino (2010 Census), a price must be paid.

    American-born, California-born kids, who need those scholarships are going to be kicked to the back of the line and may be forced to go out of state.

    How backwards is that?

    But, if this is what California tax payers want, what is the rest of the country to do?

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  34. Captain Nemo
    Captain Nemo 18 March, 2011, 06:08

    This is clearly another case of purposeful politics aimed at increasing the non White population at the expense of the White one.

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  35. berny
    berny 18 March, 2011, 06:59


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  36. Mark
    Mark 18 March, 2011, 07:35

    I have a son going to a CC here in CA and is having to work two jobs to pay for it. He can’t get the classes he needs to finish and move on to UCSC, he hopes. Even though he does get to pay in state fees, he is taking fill in classes because the classes he needs are only offered a few times a quarter and are FULL. The instructors are having to apologize to those who come to first day class and telling them due to budget cuts. The State does not understand. Come 2012 we have to clean house and only elect those that support a new California. The problem is then the illegals that are also being allowed to vote, we have to get all the legal residents out to vote to offset these.

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  37. Sam Hill
    Sam Hill 18 March, 2011, 08:05

    Wow…is the entire government of CA on crack?

    To the CA Higher Educational Committee, CA Supreme Court, & UC Berkely Administrators: Time to put away the bongs!

    This is just wrong on so many levels!

    Who, ultimtely, pays for CA educational grants and financial aid? Does this mean illegals can submit a FAFSA to qualify for Pell Grants? If so, it’s not just CA taxpayers footing the bill–it’s ALL US taxpayers!

    Can’t the US just give CA back to Mexico and be done with it?

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  38. Vicky
    Vicky 18 March, 2011, 08:16

    And THIS is the crap we have to deal with here in the once beautiful state of California, not only can I not afford to go to college and re-train myself (one of the millions laid off from work) but my daughter can’t afford college either, she must work to support herself and her daughter…but to get a good job here in this state they “prefer” you to be bi-lingual, ya right….just see who gets that job, no matter on the experience.

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  39. Dawn
    Dawn 18 March, 2011, 09:45

    Well, good! We live in Texas, our daughter moved to CA for college, and I miss her SOOOO much. She has seriously been considering moving back home, so now maybe this will be the final straw. That’s right, come home honey, leave the “cereal state” (the land of fruit, nuts, and flakes), and return to people of reason.

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  40. j j
    j j 18 March, 2011, 11:15

    Does this mean I can sue the state for unfair treatment and discrimination if i don’t qualify for school monies because im a citizen?

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  41. j j
    j j 18 March, 2011, 11:16

    After all it wasn’t my fault I was born here, right?

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  42. Terri
    Terri 18 March, 2011, 11:23

    America we need a class action lawsuit against the government for illegaly spending our tax dollars

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  43. Ethel
    Ethel 18 March, 2011, 11:58

    My family moved to California from Illinois (where I was born) in 1966, I grew up here and still live here. We have always worked hard for everything we have. I’m disgusted by what California Legislators are trying to do. They forget that the illegal aliens cannot vote and do not pay taxes yet they are hell-bent on providing them all of these benefits that US citizens and legal residents cannot receive or even ask for. California has lost jobs due to the recession as well as businesses moving out of California because it’s way too expensive to operate here. We also have been experiencing a huge increase in graffiti which, for some reason, California lawmakers seem to be perfectly okay with.

    The California legislators need to really pull their heads out of their behinds and think of the consequences they are creating for us and our future generations.

    They can still pass this law but here’s what they’re going to have to do so citizens and legal residents don’t feel the pinch…

    First, our legislators need to take a HUGE cut in salary (they are the best paid in the nation), no state paid vehicles, no gas cards, they pay for ALL of their travel and expenses, they lose all of their per diems, they pay taxes on all gifts and other items received, their pensions cut in half, they get the same type of insurance (on their expense) that the average California family gets.

    Second, CUT ALL PROGRAMS, including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, WIC program, and so on. Oh, I’m sorry illegal aliens and those who want to make California a Haven State, did I get you where it hurts?

    Lastly, I want to congratulate and thank the California legislators for continuing to find newer, better and faster ways to force the once Golden State into bankruptcy. I just can’t wait for California to break off from the rest of the country; I have a feeling that’s going to be the only we can stop the illegals from pouring in.

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  44. Michele
    Michele 18 March, 2011, 13:40

    I am so thankful that I moved out of California! I think that this is one of the dumbest things that California has ever done and yes California has done tons of stupid things in the past! Does California want to be part of Mexico?? It looks like that is what it is headed! Yes now I am a proud resident of Arizona now just waiting for all of my fiends to show up!!! Come on people! Get here already!!!

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  45. Steve D.
    Steve D. 18 March, 2011, 15:24

    That just goes to show you never really know who your electing as a political candidate, I blame the people of California, which is the most Liberal State of all States and the dumbest, I blame the Democrats, there the ones that want all this amnesty, safe haven, let the government take care of you, trust me bullshit, its time America wakes up , or forever you will SLEEP !!! and pay !!pay!! pay!!

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  46. Kristen
    Kristen 18 March, 2011, 18:43

    This is so infuriating and upsetting. Every time I read something like this, it literally brings me to the verge of tears. I’m a 25-year-old who works full-time and busts my @$$ just so I can attend one or two classes per semester. I pay OUT OF POCKET. I don’t even QUALIFY for aid, despite the fact that I’m a hard-working, tax-paying citizen. It will take me 4 years to obtain an AAS (double the normal time) because of this; meanwhile, the children of illegals get a free ride? WTF?

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  47. Chris83
    Chris83 18 March, 2011, 22:38

    I moved here in 2001 for military reasons. Anyways, I can’t wait to get out. The rest of the nation looks at Cali with disgust. I’m embarrased to say I live here. Everywhere I look I see hand outs to people who don’t deserve it, none the less care where it comes from! My and your, tax money is going to a cause that will not benefit anyone who pays state taxes……I’m done. Bye bye Cali….I’m relocating.

    Pretty sad, cause this state has great potential, but is so caught up in liberal bull crap that nothing good will come if it!

    Back to Louisiana for me!

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  48. Kate11
    Kate11 19 March, 2011, 20:33

    Honestly, I don’t care who enters our state or country so long as they do it legally; earnestly working to become citizens; assimilating into the fabric of our culture, laws and language; and contributing their gifts and talents to its well-being by working and paying their taxes.

    However, I am continually sickened by the on-going degradation and criminalization of our Golden State not only by those who illegally enter and exploit its resources but also by those who receive financial or social gain by legislating and perpetuating it.

    How can we law abiding citizens (who seem to be the “quiet” MAjority of registered and legal voters in Calif) effectively organize and defeat the insanity and lawlessness that a vocal, well-organized MInority of voters get passed? What does it take?

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  49. d
    d 20 March, 2011, 16:34

    Unbelievable! Taxpayers paying for the schooling of illegals who do not contribute to the tax pool and are in the country against the law! The consequence for anyone who voted in favor of these bills should be the loss of their jobs! They are not acting in the best interest of the State!!!

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  50. leo
    leo 23 March, 2011, 19:49

    UCLA Vice Chancellor Scott Waugh said that these students have it tougher than other students: “Many overcome everyday obstacles, some have long bus commutes, others sleep on friends’ couches. Despite this, they thrive at UCLA. We strongly believe they will be future leaders of California and our nation if we give them the opportunity.”

    everyone deserves the right to get an education

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  51. leo
    leo 23 March, 2011, 19:53

    this kids deserve it just as much as anybody else….also……they will get the same opportunity as americans…nothing more….is that really that wrong to help people that wanna go to school

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  52. janice
    janice 16 April, 2011, 09:58

    The number of students admitted to California Universities and colleges is limited. Every undocumented alien student who is encouraged to attend because he/she received financial aid/subsidized tuition is taking the place of an American or legal alien student. They are also taking taxpayer money that could be better spent to aid U.S. citizens and legal residents. Why waste the money on undocumented aliens who cannot work here, who will not benefit our society by becoming educated, most of whom will not be able to use their education because they cannot be licensed, certificated in their chosen profession. Plus most of their parents paid little or no taxes and contributed less to our economy than they received in benefits.

    It is a tragedy that these young people have to suffer for the sins of their parents. But U.S. taxpayers, citizens and students are not responsible to “make it up to them” for the horrible wrong that these young undocumented aliens suffered at the hands of their illegal alien parents. Their illegal alien parents are the only ones to blame for their unfortunate situation. Punish the parents.

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  53. Marian
    Marian 3 May, 2011, 14:50

    Let these children return to their home country and attend college there and then they can work in that country to change the culture from where they came from. I do not want my tax dollars going to undocumented people, whether for welfare, education or anything else. Our hospital are in trouble because of all these people who go to emergency room and do not pay anything, so you and I end up paying. Our American citizens cannot get into some of these classes because they have been filled with illegals. Very sad indeed. These politicial will do anything for votes. Enough is enough.

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  54. Raquel
    Raquel 6 May, 2011, 09:04

    The problem with people wanting to send these children back to their country, is that you’d be sending most back to be homeless in a land that they don’t know and a place that may not speak the language. These children have established a residency of sorts by attending our schools and if they can’t or won’t return, then all able bodied residents must contribute to the welfare of the state. Since most colleges/universities don’t have an open admission policy, these young people would have to qualify like everyone else and therefore will not be taking the place of a “rightful” citizen.

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  55. htrews
    htrews 14 August, 2011, 18:29

    this article is misleading-undocumented or so-called “illegal” immigrant youths are NOT eligible for this program… go look it up and get your info straight

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  56. htrews
    htrews 14 August, 2011, 18:30 here’s the link they are not eligible

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    CLOTHESJUNKIE 29 August, 2011, 18:36

    now I understand why California is in such a bad shape. Those illegals after breaking the law, and getting 13 years of FREE education, take these money from LEGAL students, whose families pay taxes. The fund has only so much money in it, and giving some of it to the illegals, means that OUR kids, black, white and yes, Hispanic will have less. And after graduating, and being still ILLEGAL, how are they supposed to work?? ow, I get it!!!. after giving them premium education for free, we will have to legalize them, otherwise it will all go to waste!! Try Mexico, and see how far you will get if you are in the country illegally there!!

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  58. Jazmin
    Jazmin 9 November, 2011, 20:23

    This is simply idiotic. These students deserve nothing but the best. There are illegal students that take advantage of public education and graduate top of their class unlike some legal students. It’s not fair that our nation gives TAXPAYERS money to women who have kids just to get food stamps or welfare because they’re too lazy to go find a job. The Constitution clearly states “all men are created equally.” Although they’re breaking a federal law it’s not a deadly crime or anything like that. Just like Cedillo tried to say, everyone’s ancestors were immigrants. From my knowledge I know that the only people that deserve full rights in this country are the Native Americans other than that NO ONE else. Whether a person is documented or undocumented should not be an obstacle for someone who wants to obtain an education to be someone in this miserable life. So all you obnoxious, close minded people get your facts straight before you speak, because Karma will get you back for being racist. The only people being treated like crap are the Hispanics when there are other ethnicity groups involved. Whether you like it or not this people live in our community & without them a lot of the jobs No American wants to do will not get done. & something extra for all you people that like to talk about just taxes ILLEGAL PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO DO THEIR TAXES & ABOUT HALF OF THEM DO THEIR TAXES.

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  59. Erik
    Erik 10 April, 2012, 17:01

    This is just wrong. There is absolutely no reason these illegal or undocumented aliens deserve financial aide. What exactly have they contributed to our society. They are not legal residents so they cant work and pay into our tax system, neither can their parents. The problem with california is we are too leinient to just give give give money to undeserving individuals. People need to earn their money and earn their financial aide. It is on the parents of these student to pay for their college. Maybe they should be using the money they made from cash paying jobs that should have went to taxes and save it in a coffee can for when their children wanted a higher education. I cant get any financial aide because my parents make too much money and pay too much taxes. It isnt racist , it is unjust for these ILLEGALS to recieve any sort of government aide. america and california in general are giving the image of come here and we will take care of you, no job no money, no problem, you will be taken care of.. what a shame

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