This act includes AB 130, which allows illegal aliens that have received a high school diploma or equivalent, and enrolled in an accredited California college, to be exempt from paying nonresident tuition at the California Community Colleges and the California State University to support the recently passed AB 131, passed in June of 2011, which provides students who are exempt from paying nonresident tuition or who meet equivalent requirements to be eligible to apply for, and participate in, any student financial aid program administered by the State of California to the full extent permitted by federal law.
The Dream Act has created controversy not only within states such as Arizona, which is becoming well known for their increasingly strict enforcement against illegal aliens and immigrants, as well as parents of high school and college students that are concerned for the chance of their children to be able to receive a college education at little to no expense. "You are illegally in the United States and you are taking a spot away from my child, my neighbor's child, and every American child that belongs in the school that you want to attend," said Michelle Dallacroce, the President and Founder of Mothers against Illegal Amnesty.
In support of the act, a student enrolled in a PhD program at ASU comments that this act not only benefits those illegal aliens and undocumented immigrants that are attending the colleges with their expenses paid, but also benefits California in the end due to the great amount of immigrants that will become college graduates and work towards benefiting the economy and overall society.
"I want to do things that are not just going to benefit me as an immigrant but I want to do things that are going to benefit the society at large regardless of immigration status," he said.
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