A bill that would allow undocumented students to be eligible for financial aid funded by private donations was passed by the state Senate Thursday.
Assembly Bill 130, authored by state Assemblymember Gilbert Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, comprises the first part of the state’s DREAM Act.
The bill now awaits approval from Gov. Jerry Brown, who has expressed support for the act on several occasions.
The bill’s counterpart, AB 131, which would allow undocumented students to receive publicly funded aid such as Cal Grants, has yet to be approved by the state Senate.
“The Dream Act is not only the right thing to do for the children of our state, but it is also the right thing to do for California’s economic prosperity,” said state Senator Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, in a statement. “We rightfully invest in all our kids with public K-12 education, and we should also invest in them with higher education. These investments prepare our young people for jobs and innovation. Regardless of the debate surrounding immigration, it is time to stop punishing kids for the decisions of their parents. I am proud to co-author the Dream Act and I look forward to seeing the Governor sign these bills into law.”
J.D. Morris is an assistant news editor.