SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Assembly has approved a bill that would allow college students who are illegal immigrants to apply for private scholarships.

   Lawmakers on Thursday passed AB130, by Democratic Assemblyman Gil Cedillo of Los Angeles, on a 51-21 party-line vote.

   The bill affects students who are in the country illegally but are paying in-state tuition at California colleges and universities. It allows them to collect scholarships not funded by public dollars.

   Another bill by Cedillo, still in committee, would make those students eligible for state-funded financial aid. Cedillo called his bill The California Dream Act, but unlike the federal Dream Act legislation it does not include a path to citizenship.

   He said students should not be punished because their parents brought them into the country illegally. AB130 heads to the Senate.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (41)
  1. Rick says:

    The Dems end game is to pander to the illegals and ultimately give them amnesty. When these illegals get amnesty and become citizens who do you think they will vote for? That’s right folks….Dems!

    1. Alicia M. Ramirez says:

      it doesnt matter…as long as they become legal citizens they can vote for the easter bunny if thats what they choose

  2. james says:

    There was a Cowboy, and Indian, and an Illegal Alien sitting around the campfire.
    The Indian said: “Once we were many, but now we are few.”
    The Illegal Alien said: “Once we were few, but now we are many.”
    The Cowboy said: That’s ’cause we haven’t played Cowboys and Illegals yet.”

  3. landsknekt says:

    When will you people learn that we cannot afford this as a nation? I read today that illegal immigration is not a crime in the new york times. Last time I looked it is a crime and is punishable by 5 years in jail or up to $5000 or both. Just because we do not enforce this does not mean its illegal.

  4. jayjayjj71 says:

    How about….We make it ILLEGAL to be an illegal, and use that taxpayer money to educate some citizens?

  5. Karen says:

    Many of those leaving negative comments have missed 2 key points mentioned in the article, 1 the students are paying tuition 2 scholarships not funded by public dollars.

    1. Melissa says:

      except NOW it will be public money

  6. kdm123 says:

    i think we should pick all up and ship them back to Mexico. what about all the Americans that cant afford to go to college. lets start taking care of us first for a change.

  7. Hereticmonk says:

    For all you Caucasian kids who won’t get to attend college thank a Mexican politician who had his country of origins interest ahead of your country. Maybe it’s time to vote out the politicians of mexican decent and vote in real American politicians who will put this country first not last.

  8. arthur scott says:

    lets se lets gice illegals taxpayer money to get educated so they cant get jobs due to e-verify. anybody see anything wrong with this? anybody?

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