Brief on California DREAM Act
New Warren Institute Policy Brief Analyzes the Benefits of the Prospective California DREAM Act
As a bill that would allow undocumented minors to compete for state financial aid for post-secondary education awaits Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature in Sacramento, the Warren Institute released a brief on the potential impact of such a law. Citing evidence from various studies by social scientists and government agencies, the brief shows that the economic benefits that the state of California would see as a result of the “DREAM Act” (SB 1301) are substantial. In terms of both workforce development and tax revenue, the DREAM Act would allow California to get a “return on investment” that it is already making through K-12 education of undocumented students.
Working in collaboration with University of Washington sociologist Roberto Gonzales, WI Director of Immigration Policy Aarti Kohli researched and wrote the new brief.