College students rallied at capitol for Dream Act

September 12, 2011 10:06:45 PM PDT
A group of California college students rallied at the state capitol Monday in support of part two of the state's Dream Act bill.

Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill giving illegal immigrant students access to privately funded scholarships. Monday, students delivered to the governor's office boxes of postcards from supporters of the expanded bill. It would allow students in the country illegally to apply for public financial aid.

"We have the opportunity to have Brown sign a piece of legislation that is not only critical to a few students in the university, it is critical to all students in the university and it is evidenced by the fact that we have over 11,000 postcards signed here," said UCLA student Joelle Gamble.

Critics argue that the public funds should be reserved for citizens and legal residents and say the bill gives students here illegally false hope because they cannot be legally employed in the state.

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