State Senate Passes DREAM Act For Children Of Illegal Immigrants

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) — The state Senate has passed the DREAM Act, which would put those young people within reach of such programs as College Illinois, allowing them to save for their higher education.

The bill is written in such a way that it applies to those who qualify to pay in-state tuition, though it grants no new privileges to children of citizens or documented immigrants.

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State Senate President John Cullerton (D-Ill.) sponsored the bill. During debate Wednesday, he faced tough questions from state Sen. Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora) about the use of taxpayer expenses.

“Isn’t it true that there are some folks who are turned away from the state universities because there’s a limited capacity?” Lauzen asked.

“Senator, I think you’re debating a different bill. That would be a bill you might want to advance to say that these children cannot apply to the university,” Cullerton replied.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights says passage of a federal DREAM Act 10 years ago could have helped 95,000 Illinoisans by now.

Supporters of the idea say while many still take a dim view of illegal immigrants, most children are powerless to stop their parents from moving them into a new country, regardless of the circumstances.

SB 2185 has passed the Senate, 45-11. Eleven Senate Republicans voted in favor of it.

The bill now goes to the state House of Representatives.

  • Raytooo

    What is wrong with our state? We are broke as a state yet our legislators spend their time finding more ways to spend our money and reward criminals. Spend your time fixing our ecinomic problems instead of pandering to special interests. Time to throw out Madigan and his cronies.

  • Carlos Hernandez Gonzalez

    This is an outrage. What the hell is wrong with our lawmakers? What happened to mass deportation? What happened to these criminals taking their kids home with them? This is a step toward amnesty. How is a legal citizen supposed to stop this? The politicians aren’t listening to the majority of the citizens. It’s just an absolute outrage.

    • la guera

      Carlos…did you or anyone ever consider that the parents of these illegal young adults are parents who have worked all these years paying into the city, state, social security, medicate & federal tax system. They, the parents, do not claim their returns like those who are citizens. They fear that will indicate their location thus causing them lose of an income and they do not receive any monies anyway if they were to file.

      The state is broke because they do not know how to allocate funds properly!

  • Al Cornwell

    THis is unbelievable. I don’t blame the children for their parents mistakes. Most of illegals are great hard working people, but that is not the issue. The issue is the continued redistribution of weatlh and socialist ideas that democrats in this state continue push at all levels of government. Between property tax and state tax increases coupled with gas prices, I cant afford my home let alone save for my own childrens colleger education. Yet, I can fund the education of someone to attend college. How about we pass a bill to lower taxes so I can afford to go out to eat or buy more goods which create more jobs which creates more demand for workers which then increases wages at all levels and then provides people the opportuntiy to work their way through college and do better than their parents did. I quess it is better just to send my money to Springfield and let them decide what is best, because they have done so well thus far.

  • John

    THIS IS BS!! I hate Chicago AND I hate this state now!! I can’t wait to move out of here, hmmm, Arizona is looking REALLY good right now. I can’t believe that the a*holes in Springfield are turning this place into the next California. Illegal Mexicans have destroyed our schools in Chicago, destroyed our hospitals, and exploded our criminal justice system…and our so-called political leaders have let it happened in plain sight. Obama sucks, GW sucked, and Clinton before him sucked on this issue. Illegal Mexicans are breeding themselves to power. This country has gone down the drain thanks to those illegal parasites!!

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