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. 

Read the policy brief