On July 25, 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed the first part of the California DREAM Act into law. The second part passed the California State Assembly on September 2, and is currently sitting on the governor’s desk. Together, AB 130 and 131 allow undocumented students who have been admitted to California public colleges and universities and who meet in-state tuition requirements to apply for privately-funded scholarships and non-competitive, state-funded financial aid. For State Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, the passage of the California DREAM Act has been a long time coming. He first introduced the bill in 2005 and has worked tirelessly to have it passed into law.
Gil Cedillo is a California State Assemblyman representing the 45th State Assembly District in Los Angeles County and the lead author of the California Dream Act. Previously he served as a California State Senator representing the 22nd district and a State Assemblyman representing the 46th District.
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies, Fall 2011 Article: "Reclaiming the Dream" by Kevin Escudero.