Written on Jul 27, 2011 | by Justin Fraser
California Governor Jerry Brown signed one half of the controversial Dream Act into law on Monday.
During a ceremony at the Los Angeles City College library, Brown avoided the politics of illegal immigration and instead focused on the need to maintain higher education funding.
Opponents of the measure have argued that funding would be unfairly taken away from U.S. citizens, many of whom are struggling to pay for college.
“People would say, ‘Why should we, when we’re having tough economic times ourselves, pay for someone who is here illegally?’” questioned Patrick McDonough, a Republican member of the Maryland House of Delegates who helped lead a petition to repeal the initiative.
“I think we ought to wait until it gets to my desk,” Brown said.