Dream Act opponents readying battle
October 22, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature on the California Dream Act barely had time to dry before opponents of the new law started gathering voter’s autographs to overturn it.
Earlier this month Brown inked a long-embattled law allowing illegal immigrants to get college financial assistance from state taxpayers.
Secretary of State Debra Bowen said Friday that a Republican Assembly member from Twin Peaks, Tim Donnelly, has organized the effort to collect 504,760 signatures from registered voters by a Jan. 6 deadline.
The controversial bill makes funds available for undocumented immigrant college students who have graduated from California high schools and who are eligible for in-state tuition rates.
If the signature campaign is successful, it would immediately halt implementation of the new law until voters have a chance to weigh in on the matter in Nov. 2012.