Medina, Gonzalez Fletcher, and Bonta Introduce Resolution Encouraging California Dream Act Applications

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymembers Jose Medina (D-Riverside), Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) introduced HR 20, which encourages students to apply for the California Dream Act. Recently, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) announced a significant decrease in California Dream Act Applications, down 40% from last year.  

“The California Dream Act is an important pathway to a college education,” said Medina, Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee. “However, the current political climate has deterred our students from even applying.  My colleagues and I introduced HR 20 to declare our unwavering support for our Dreamers, and to encourage them to pursue the promise of a higher education.”

“The best way to fight for the future we deserve is for Dreamers to keep pursuing their dreams by pursuing their education, and I encourage Dreamers to take advantage of this state program,” said Gonzalez Fletcher, Vice Chair of the Latino Caucus.

“Your dreams are our dreams,” said Bonta, Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus. “Pursuing your college education is the most important thing you can do for yourself and your family. You are a vital part of our state’s golden future. Apply for the California Dream Act.”

“By 2025, California will be one million college graduates short of what we’ll need to keep our economy going,” Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) said. “California needs our Dreamers to remain productive members of our economy and our society.”

CSAC has assured Dream Act applicants that their information is used solely by the state of California to determine financial aid eligibility, and is not shared with other government agencies. The California Dream Act is not related to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program.

“This process should not be about uncertainty and fear,” said Medina. “It should be about hope and the promise of a bright future.”

HR 20 will be heard on the Assembly Floor on Thursday for a vote. California Dream Act applications are due March 2nd. For more information on the California Dream Act and how students can apply, please visit: http://www.csac.ca.gov/dream_act.asp.

CONTACT:  Esha Mathew (916) 319-2061

Assemblymember Medina proudly represents California’s 61st Assembly District, which consists of Riverside, Moreno Valley, and Perris.