Dec 22, 2011
The controversial legislation to help illegal aliens pay for college will be repealed if opponents get their way.
California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Hesperia) is gathering signatures for a referendum to eliminate part of the California Dream Act.
505,000 signatures are needed to qualify a referendum for the November 2012 ballot to get rid of Assembly Bill 131, which lets illegal aliens get taxpayer-funded scholarships for free.
Assemblyman Donnelly said the California Dream Act, which takes effect January 1st, will create a magnet for record levels of illegal immigration to California.
"At a time when we're broke, when we have 2 million people unemployed, when state colleges are underfunded and overbooked, we're creating a brand new entitlement," Donnelly declared.
The California Dream Act was proposed by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), consisting of two bills, both of which Democrat Jerry Brown signed into law:
- AB 130, which gives illegal aliens privately-funded scholarships
- AB 131, which gives illegal aliens taxpayer-funded scholarships
This stance has outraged a growing number of California taxpayers, many of whom cannot afford to put their own children through college.
Because of the California Dream Act, the Department of Finance estimates that thousands of students will now get Cal Grants costing tens of millions of US dollars.
To qualify the referendum, Donnelly and volunteers must collect 505,000 validated signatures by January 6th. The state assemblyman said that, based on the barrage of phone calls to his office, he knows he can gather all of the signatures on time.
"This really struck a nerve," said Tim Donnelly of the current California Dream Act backlash that is reverberating statewide.
"There's just a lot of demand," Donnelly added. "It's not like we have to talk to people and try to convince them."
In a rare example of multi-partisan cooperation, many concerned Californians are presently sacrificing holiday time with families to collect signatures in front of retail locations and public gathering spots across the state to beat the January 6th, 2012 signature deadline.
January 6th Update: Though nearly all of the necessary petition signatures were gathered, there were not enough to repeal the California Dream Act.