File under things that suck:
The governor’s veto of SB 1, dubbed the California Dream Act, marked the second time in two years that he had rejected a proposal by Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles) to extend college financial aid to illegal immigrants.
The legislation would have made California high school graduates who met the nonresident in-state tuition requirements eligible for the Cal Grant financial aid program and a fee waiver at community colleges.
Schwarzenegger vetoed the measure, citing its cost. [
In UC only about 300 students would benefit from this legislation. So, cost shouldn't be much of an issue.Okay, that's wrong. See the comments.]
“At a time when segments of California public higher education, the University of California and the California State University, are raising fees on all students attending college in order to maintain the quality of education provided, it would not be prudent to place additional strain on the General Fund to accord the new benefit of providing state subsidized financial aid to students without lawful immigration status,” Schwarzenegger wrote in his veto message.
Cedillo said he had support for the bill from college administrators.
“The governor has basically said today that immigrants can do the hardest and most dangerous jobs in California, but they are not allowed to dream for a better future,” the senator said.
Cedillo said the governor objected last year to a version of the bill that might have allowed some illegal immigrants to get financial aid before all qualified legal residents received aid. But the senator said the new bill required that all requests by legal residents be filled before aid could be made available to others. (link)
I talked to my friend Oiyan, the president of the UC Student Association, before she had a phone press conference about the student response. She’s been working really hard along with lots of other UC students to urge the Governor to pass the California Dream Act (aka SB 1). She says the governor has no human compassion. I agree.
For more on this issue scroll down for my post on the subject.