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 Trump’s immigration ban, as well as his administration’s commitment to upholding federal immigration laws.
“We’re not taking part in this fear-mongering and this hatred, and in fact we’re going to do the opposite,” Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher told the Orange County Register. “We’re going to open our arms. We’re going to continue to find ways to support them and say, ‘You are welcome.’”
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 “to improve refugee-student integration,” and June 20 would be designated as World Refugee Day as part of California’s “commitment to support and protect refugees from throughout the world.”
The state of California currently houses nearly 8,000 refugees that were accepted under former President Barack Obama’s administration.