In its latest show of outright hostility toward students born in America, the California State Assembly has announced a package of bills that would allow refugees to benefit from in-state tuitions at its publicly-funded colleges of universities and give them a fast track toward acceptance.
Several state legislators appeared to posture their votes as direct repudiations of President Donald Trumpâs immigration ban, as well as his administrationâs commitment to upholding federal immigration laws.
âWeâre not taking part in this fear-mongering and this hatred, and in fact weâre going to do the opposite,â Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher told the Orange County Register. âWeâre going to open our arms. Weâre going to continue to find ways to support them and say, âYou are welcome.ââ
Contained within the package is a mandate that would give those with Special Immigrant Visas priority enrollment in public colleges and provide them with aid in securing professional licenses by helping them fold foreign work experience into their resumes.
Under the proposed regulation, California would set aside $5 million in taxpayer funds to give grants to communities with high child refugee populations âto improve refugee-student integration,â and June 20 would be designated as World Refugee Day as part of Californiaâs âcommitment to support and protect refugees from throughout the world.â
The state of California currently houses nearly 8,000 refugees that were accepted under former President Barack Obamaâs administration.