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Drive on to repeal Dream Act

Posted: November 8, 2011 7:14 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2011 7:14 p.m.

Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon is supporting a drive to repeal the "Dream Act," which is designed to help illegal immigrants attend California college.

The bill was signed into law last month by Gov. Jerry Brown.

"At a time when our state is facing the grim realities of unprecedented fiscal challenges, we cannot continue to spend money we don't have, particularly on programs such as the Dream Act that incentivize circumvention of our rule of law," McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, said Tuesday.

Assenbly Bill 131, the California "Dream Act," allows undocumented college students in the state to obtain the same kind of publicly funded financial aid for tuition now available to U.S. citizens and legal residents.

For McKeon, this means allowing illegal immigrants access to state aid at public universities and colleges.

The Dream Act will go into effect January 2013; the state Department of Finance​ estimates that it will cost about $14.5 million annually.

Twelve other states, including Texas, New York and Washington, have passed similar legislation allowing illegal-immigrant students to apply for in-state tuition.

The students would receive Cal Grant money only after legal residents have applied and been funded.

At College of the Canyons, about 300 students, or one percent of the community college's total enrollment, would be able to apply for the state financial aid.

Petition forms to repeal the bill can be picked up at McKeon's reelection campaign office at 23942 Lyons Ave., suite 105, Newhall.





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