Con: It is unfair to citizens in California

The California Dream Act was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 9, 2011 and will grant $14.5 million to illegal immigrant students.

The requirements for each applicants are that they have to attend a California secondary school for at least three years, receive a high school diploma or GED and is apply for citizenship.

The Dream Act will grant citizenship to immigrants who are attending college or have served in the military.

The $14.5 million was granted for the Dream Act, about 1 percent of the Cal-Grant budget, it is still money that legal citizens fund. Schools are becoming more and more impacted and tuition is going up.

Instead of trying to solve those problems, Brown is giving handouts to illegal immigrants. Out of 2.9 million community college students, 34,057 would be affected.

The 1 percent that is being given to illegal immigrant students could go towards saving 3,230 teachers’ jobs or go towards renovating schools.

The tuition for college students is already increasing, is it really fair that people who aren’t even citizens will receive handouts?

The biggest problem about this act is that it doesn’t benefit California citizens at all. The tax money that Californians have been paying for years isn’t going to their children or to schools, it’s going to the people who are illegally in this country. The immigrant students can also apply for privately funded scholarships.

It’s good to help others but it’s not the right time. California can barely help its own citizens let alone others. The state  is already billions of dollars in debt. That is 1 percent of the Cal-Grant budget that can possibly make a difference in the way children are taught.