In California and Illinois, bills with the “DREAM” name have provided some help to students in lieu of the federal bill, which failed to pass Congress last year.
These two measures grant undocumented immigrant students in both states access to privately funded financial aid. (Undocumented students do not qualify for publically funded aid programs.) This helps these students to meet college costs that are beyond what they can pay “out of pocket.”
The two state bills do not, however, provide a pathway to permanent U.S. residency (i.e., jobs)—that’s the province of the federal DREAM Act. The state bills simply help undocumented students to attend the college of their choice and improve the options they hope to have once the federal DREAM Act is passed.
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