Essay on California's Dream

2021 Words Mar 7th, 2016 9 Pages
California Dreaming: The California DREAM Act As young adults it is very common amongst illegal immigrants receiving an education in California to try to balance a job while paying for school tuition and dealing with everything else that comes along in life. There are many students in California who struggle with continuing to further their education especially after high school. The California Dream Act is a set of laws initially proposed in 2006 that gives students with a good standing educational background a chance to apply for full financial assistance to both public and private California colleges and Universities. The acronym DREAM stands for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors and in the most basic sense, it sets …show more content…
An immigration reformation was realistically nothing but a dream until 2001, when congress began to bring about the DREAM Act. Congress considering a different version of the act, bipartisan legislation that would provide an opportunity for undocumented students with "good moral character," who have lived in the U.S. for a certain period, to obtain legal status. The latest version was introduced May 11. If passed, it would change current law in two major ways: (1) It would permit certain immigrant youth who have grown up in the United States to eventually obtain permanent legal status and become eligible for U.S. citizenship if they go to college or serve in the U.S. military. (2) It would eliminate a federal provision that penalizes states that provide in-state tuition without regard to immigration status (Zimmerman). There have been many changes to the law since 2001 to improve financial access for students. The passing of AB 540 and its application requirements have changed and are apart of the eligibility of AB 130 and AB 131. AB 540 has become a pinnacle in the lives of more than 5,000 undocumented students, who because of their immigration status have historically been denied access to financial aid to fund their college education, despite

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