Governor Jerry Brown today signed the controversial California Dream Act, which will make it legal for undocumented immigrant college students to get public financial aid. The Sacto Bee notes: "The California Dream Act allows access to public financial aid, including Cal Grants, for undocumented students who came to the country before turning 16 and attended California high schools. Those students already are eligible for in-state tuition, and Brown in July signed a companion measure affording them access to private financial aid."

In a statement, Brown said, "Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking. The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us."

Assemblyman Gil Cedillo's (D-Los Angeles) pro-education legislation will cost the statean estimated $23 million to $40 million per year.