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Immigrant Rights Group Responds To Donnelly Announcement

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, among the organizations who spoke out in favor of the Dream Act, has sharp criticism for the California Assemblyman, whose campaign to repeal it was unsuccessful.

Angelica Salas, executive director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA, issued a statement shortly after California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) announced the campaign to place a referendum repealing the Dream Act had fallen short.

CHIRLA spoke out in favor of AB 131, introduced by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles). The legislation is a partner bill to AB 130, signed by Governor Jerry Brown early last year. AB 130 allows undocumented students who meet the in-state tuition requirements to apply for and receive scholarships from non-state funds. AB 131 makes it possible for qualified students to tap into public financial aid funds.

Donnelly has vowed to continue his fight.

Salas' statement is below:

“Once again, Assemblyman Donnelly has wasted an incredible amount of time and resources fighting an education bill he disagrees with instead of meeting the needs of his constituents and other Californians. 

“We wonder if Mr. Donnelly’s endless and fruitless war against immigrants should be evaluated by those who entrusted him with their vote to determine if he’s the right person to lead them into the 21st century.

“The California Dream Act is a fair, timely, and inexpensive bill that will support a limited number of financial scholarships to undocumented students who have been brought to the U.S. as children. Contrary to Mr. Donnelly’s belief, California’s large diverse population supports the merits of the legislation and looks forward to its implementation in 2013.”

Tonto January 11, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Send some dough www.buildtheborderfence.com cheat the dems out of illegal voters :)
Rob January 12, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Did no one notice Angelica Salas of CHIRLA stated, “Once again, Assemblyman Donnelly has wasted an incredible amount of time and resources fighting an education bill he disagrees with instead of meeting the needs of his constituents and other Californians."? Notice she assumes that EVERYONE in the 59th District (covering San Bernardino and parts of Riverside County) are illegal aliens! This is evident by the careful use of the word "constituents". CHIRLA is not for immigrants. Its for illegal immigrants. There is a distinctive difference!
Debra Hutchens January 12, 2012 at 05:43 AM
There are Two ways to conquer a country #1. Bombing & #2.Invade and Occupy
Debra Hutchens January 12, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Maybe when the law to show your government issued ID at the voting polls is once again upheld, then the politicians will get off their azz's a deal with the immigration problem. Instead of selling out the country in hopes of the votes from the illegals, (that have not the right to vote anyway) but if ya dont show ID and only register of course the CHIRLA and ACLU and all others that want to run this country their way will swoop on it. It is by no means discrimination or profiling when you got to vote you show your ID. heck I have to show my ID for less than that. Think about how much more important the vote is, the price that was paid throughout the history of this country to have the right to vote.
Rob January 13, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I would question this Bill based on its Constitutionality. Much the same way a Federal Judge questioned Prop 187. That Judge said only the Fed can regulate U.S. Immigration laws. A state cannot do anything AGAINST them. Well, that mindset should apply here as well. A state should not be allowed to do anythything FOR them! It does NOTHING for the citizens of California. Not for ANY citizens for that matter!

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