State Assembly sends second part of DREAM Act to Brown

The second part of the California DREAM Act, Assembly Bill 131, passed in the state Assembly today, and will now make its way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk.

The bill, which would allow undocumented students access to state financial aid such as the competitive Cal Grant, was passed in the assembly with a 45-27 vote, after previously being approved Wednesday by the state Senate.

The bill’s counterpart, AB 130 — signed into law by Brown in late July — will allow undocumented students access to institutional financial aid.

Both bills were authored by Assemblymember Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles.

Opponents of AB 131 have said that due to California’s current state of financial turmoil, the state cannot afford to extend its financial aid to undocumented students.

Soumya Karlamangla is the assistant city news editor.