Here’s the Governator’s veto message sent yesterday on the California illegal alien tuition discounts bill known as the “DREAM Act:”
To the Members of the California State Senate:
I am returning Senate Bill 1 without my signature.
At a time when segments of California public higher education, the University of California and the California State University, are raising fees on all students attending college in order to maintain the quality of education provided, it would not be prudent to place additional strain on the General Fund to accord the new benefit of providing state subsidized financial aid to students without lawful immigration status. Under existing law, undocumented students, who meet the required criteria, already qualify for the lower in-state tuition rate while attending California public colleges and universities.
Therefore, I cannot sign this bill.
He rejected a similar bill last year:
“While I do not believe that undocumented students should be penalized for the acts of their parents, this bill would penalize students here legally by reducing the financial aid they rely on to allow them to go to college and pursue their dreams,” Schwarzenegger wrote in his veto message last year.
Under this year’s bill, Cedillo eliminated competitive grants that the governor mentioned in his message. Illegal immigrant students would only be eligible for grants that are available to all students who qualify based on academic achievement and financial need.
Sovereign Nation or Sanctuary Nation. Our choice. Not his.