Despite a well-attended protest last Friday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday vetoed the Dream Act, a law that would have given access to financial aid to undocumented immigrant students attending the University of California, California State University, and community college systems. The program would have included grant, scholarship, work-study, and loan programs.
Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar law last year, and this time around nixed it because of the state's troubled economy. "I share the authors' goal of making affordable education available to all California students, but given the precarious fiscal condition the state faces at this time, it would not be prudent to place additional demands on our limited financial aid resources as specified in this bill."