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Old 05-30-2011, 11:50 PM   #1
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Illinois & California set sights on the Dream Act.

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In a move to help the children of undocumented residents in Illinois afford college, the House on Monday sent Gov. Pat Quinn the Illinois DREAM Act.

The measure, which passed the House 61-53, would create a fund established through private donations and managed by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to provide financial assistance to undocumented students in Illinois. The bill would also allow families of the students to participate in the state's two college tuition savings programs.

The bill, which passed the Senate earlier this month, also contains provisions to train high school counselors to help undocumented students find ways to pay for their education.

Sponsoring Rep. Edward Acevedo, D-Chicago, assured his colleagues that the legislation will not cost the state a dime.

"The Illinois Dream Act would be funded entirely, entirely with private contributions, and would cost taxpayers nothing," Acevedo said during debate on the legislation.

Quinn released a statement following passage of the measure saying he will sign it.

“I believe everyone has the right to a first-class education, and the Illinois DREAM Act strengthens Illinois’ commitment to ensuring education for all," Quinn said. "The legislation allows private funding to be used to help students pay for higher education and to train high school counselors to assist undocumented children forward their educational careers.”
Lawmakers send Illinois Dream Act bill to Quinn - chicagotribune.com

California State Assembly committee passes part of state DREAM Act - The Daily Californian
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Why do American legislative bills all have to have catchy names, based, I can only assume on some convoluted acronym.
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"Dream Act" will be the name of Nintendo's new console. No doubt about it.
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How about an act to help normal people afford college? It seems like over the past few years almost every demographic has gotten some "break" except for normal hard working middle class people...
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Why do American legislative bills all have to have catchy names, based, I can only assume on some convoluted acronym.
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How about an act to help normal people afford college? It seems like over the past few years almost every demographic has gotten some "break" except for normal hard working middle class people...
i know what you mean. the income thresholds are comically low, too. i'm glad that those in extreme poverty get a chance at an education, but it should be about equality. all classes should have access to education.
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I should clarify, I did not mean to say I disagree with the act or disagree with helping make college possible for that demographic, I just think that the cost of education is out of control (and competition for grants and scholarships is insane) not just for those who are impoverished or undocumented.
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Why can't ALL liberal redistributive schemes be voluntary?
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Right? Because we know you and so many others would just line up to help others.
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How about an act to help normal people afford college? It seems like over the past few years almost every demographic has gotten some "break" except for normal hard working middle class people...
Illegal aliens can't go to college due to their immigration status and this act gives some help by providing them legal residency status, the opportunity to go to college, and some financial aid. US citizens have everything available to them given if the high school student has what it takes to be admitted to his/her preferred college and to receive funding; while illegal and some legal immigrants may have the same credentials (or even better) as the native, US-born kid, they receive no opportunity to go to college and no financial aid only because of their immigration status.

The issue in here is not about giving preference to different ethnic groups, it is about the US government putting a barrier to bright and capable minds that will not be able to do their valuable and needed work in the long run.
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"Dream Act" will be the name of Nintendo's new console. No doubt about it.
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SACRAMENTO (AP) — Illegal immigrants can now apply for state-financed scholarships and aid at state universities after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he had signed the second half of a legislative package focused on such students.

The bill is the second half of the California Dream Act. Mr. Brown signed the first half of the package in July, which approved private scholarships and loans for students who are illegal immigrants.

Under current law, illegal immigrant students who have graduated from a California high school and can prove they are on the path to legalize their immigration status can pay resident tuition rates. The bill would allow these students to also apply for state aid.

The contentious second half of the package requires that immigrant students meet the same requirements as all other students applying for financial aid at state universities but specifies that they qualify for financial aid only after all the other legal residents have applied.

Critics say it undermines immigration laws and encourages illegal immigration.

The bill is different from the federal Dream Act, which includes a path to citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/09/us...ts.html?ref=us
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Why do American legislative bills all have to have catchy names, based, I can only assume on some convoluted acronym.
Optics.

They're not healthcare review boards, they're death panels.

It's not the Affordable Care Act, it's Obamacare.

Republicans get optics and selling ideas to their pitchfork-weilding base, Democrats get walked all over.
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Optics.

They're not healthcare review boards, they're death panels.

It's not the Affordable Care Act, it's Obamacare.

Republicans get optics and selling ideas to their pitchfork-weilding base, Democrats get walked all over.
That's the theory anyway. That Democrats only lose elections when Republicans successfully employ fraud, wedge-issues or deceitful political rhetoric on a gullible American electorate.

It's delusional and self-defeating but hey, a theory nevertheless.
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That's the theory anyway. That Democrats only lose elections when Republicans successfully employ fraud, wedge-issues or deceitful political rhetoric on a gullible American electorate.
I don't believe any of that

Both parties engage in extensive behind-the-scenes get out the vote / make voting harder / redistricting stuff. It's an accepted part of US politics. But I was not referring to any of that with my post.

I was referring to optics and debate-framing, though, which the GOP is much more adept at.
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Just wondering where in the US Constitution the president is granted the authority to make law independent of the legislature when he deems it necessary?

Or where he is granted the authority to redefine U.S. citizenship with regard to who may, or may not, reside here legally.

Anyone?
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