The LA Times reported earlier today that the Senate defeated the DREAM act, five votes short of the necessary 60 votes to pass. The DREAM Act would have given undocumented students access to federal financial aid, as well as a path to legalization through college and military tracks.
Student across the nation and in California have been pushing for over a decade for the Federal DREAM Act to pass. The California DREAM Act will likely be proposed this year to be put in front of the State Legislature and Governor-elect Brow. The California DREAM Act would not offer a path to legalization, but would make it possible for undocumented students to access state financial aid or institutional financial aid from their higher education institutions. The UC Regents also have the possibility, although heavily legally contested, to pass their own policy to grant undocumented students institutional aid regardless of either DREAM Act, and pressure has been mounting on the UC Regents to take action.
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