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October 2010-- The California DREAM Act, a follow-on measure intended to expand assistance for illegal aliens from resident tuition benefits to include direct financial aid, has died after the Governor refused to sign the measure into law.
California Senate Bill 1460 and Assembly Bill 1413 were introduced by State Senator Cedillo and Assemblyman Fuentes during the 2009-2010 term. The bills have been referred to collectively as the California DREAM Act and were approved by the legislature on August 31, 2010. The Califonia DREAM Act would have diverted financial aid away from legal California residents to illegal aliens, by providing them with over $38 million in financial assistance to attend California colleges and universities.
On October 5, 2010, the California Supreme Court heard oral arguments on IRLI’s challenge to the California illegal alien in-state tuition law. Kris Kobach, Senior Counsel for IRLI, assisted by IRLI Staff Attorney Garrett Roe, argued the case for the 42 United States citizen Plaintiffs currently paying out-of-state tuition costs to attend colleges and universities in California.
Hammond, Sharma & Hethmon, Michael, Immigration Overload, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 6 (Oct. 17, 2007).
Where did Arizona's new immigration enforcement statute Senate Bill 1070 come from, and where is this fast-developing trend of state activism in immigration law enforcement headed now? Read IRLI General Counsel Michael Hethmon's April 30, 2010 statement to CNN.com.