Dream Act Signed and Looming Deadline in Washington Top News Brief

July 26, 2011 Updated Jul 26, 2011 at 7:42 AM PDT

Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Dream Act on Monday, giving college students who are illegal immigrants the ability to apply for financial aid. and Congress and the White House continue to spar over solutions to the Debit Crisis. those stories and more in your Tuesday Sunrise News brief.

Undocumented immigrants who attend California universities and colleges will have greater access to privately funded scholarships after Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a portion of what is known as the Dream Act.

A more controversial portion of the act, to allow undocumented students to receive publicly funded financial aid, is still pending in the Legislature.

The two bills differ from a federal proposal with the same name; the state Dream Act does not provide a path to citizenship.

Brown signed AB130 by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

The bill will become law Jan. 1 and will allow students to apply for the scholarship money for which they previously were ineligible. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – U.S. President Barack Obama has asked Democrat and Republican lawmakers to put politics aside to reach a compromise on the nation’s debt crisis, warning that failure to do so “could cost us jobs and do serious damage to our economy.”

In a televised address to the nation Monday night, Obama told the American people that the bickering between lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum has left the country “with a stalemate.” The president said the impasse could prevent him from moving forward with efforts to rein in the deficit and keep the United States from defaulting on its bills.

Obama said that for the last decade, the United States government has “spent more money than we take in,” a situation made worse by the economic downturn.

Dream Act Signed and Looming Deadline in Washington Top News Brief

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