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California lawmakers send Brown bill granting college aid to illegal immigrants

posted Sep 3, 2011, 4:00 PM by Gary Jones   [ updated Sep 3, 2011, 4:07 PM ]
The state Assembly voted Friday to send Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that allows undocumented immigrant college students to receive publicly funded financial aid.

"Today is a wonderful day," said Assemblyman Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella. "Today is a day of hope. Today, there are many students throughout the state of California who are saying, 'It's about time.' "

Republicans didn't see it that way...They argued that giving scholarships to students who are in the country illegally will encourage more immigrants to come to the state without authorization. They also said it doesn't make sense to subsidize the education of students who aren't allowed to legally work after they graduate.

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