The beginning of this year brought a victory in private funding for immigrant students pursuing higher education, and for some, an additional backing by lawmakers in their native homeland.
The California State Assembly recognized a delegation of the state legislature of Jalisco, México for passing a resolution to commend California for passing the California Dream Act.
The legislative package, first introduced by Assemblyman Gilberto Cedillo in 2005, was introduced as two bills in January 2011. The first bill, AB 130 — which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on July 25 and became law on Jan. 1 — allows students who meet the in-state tuition requirements to apply for and receive scholarships derived from non-state funds.
AB 131, which was signed by Brown on Oct. 9, 2011, will take effect on Jan. 1, 2013 and makes these same students eligible for state financial aid. Jalisco lawmakers, pleased with the state’s efforts to help undocumented students, also offered support by establishing a scholarship fund for these students. The delegation was represented by five people, including Assemblymembers and a professor, in Sacramento where they were recognized in January...