Family Protests Immigration Anarchy that Killed Matthew Denice

It’s noteworthy when a family that has suffered the loss of a loved one puts its pain aside and fights the evil that caused the death.

In Milford, Massachusetts, 23-year-old Matthew Denice (pictured) was killed when a drunk driving illegal alien smashed into his motorcycle and dragged the young man for a quarter mile as bystanders banged on the side of the perp’s truck trying to make him stop.

The driver, Ecuadoran Nikolas Guaman, is a career criminal with a long rap sheet. including assaulting a cop, who has been protected by Massachusetts’ sanctuary policy and its ardent defender, Gov. Deval Patrick. The Governor has fought against the common sense provisions of the federal Secure Communities policy because he apparently cares more about foreign lawbreakers than public safety for innocent Americans.

As Mike Maloney, Matthew’s stepfather, remarked last month, “If Guaman was deported some time ago, this would never have happened.”

On Wednesday, the family of Matthew Denice is leading a protest against illegal immigration in front of the Ecuadoran Embassy. See also the Justice for Matt Facebook page for more details.

Anti-illegal immigration protest tomorrow in Milford, Milford Daily News, September 6, 2011

The family of Matthew Denice is organizing a peaceful anti-illegal immigration demonstration outside Town Hall tomorrow before representatives of the Ecuadorean consulate are expected to meet with the Board of Selectmen.

The demonstration is scheduled to start at 5 p.m., an hour before Beatriz Stein, Ecuador’s consul general in Boston, and Pablo Calle, who is involved in Ecuadorean immigration to the United States, plan to meet with town leaders at Town Hall.

“We want to let the consulate representatives know illegal immigrants are not welcome in (Milford) and as a community we’re going to stand by that,” said Michael Denice, Matthew’s brother. “We want to send a message to the Ecuadorean consulate as well as illegal immigrants.”

Matthew Denice, 23, was killed Aug. 20 when police said Nicolas Guaman, an illegal immigrant from Ecuador, was driving drunk and hit Denice’s motorcycle.

Michael Denice encouraged participants to bring signs, banners and American flags to the demonstration. Information about the event spread through Facebook and about 100 people have indicated through the social networking website that they plan to attend, Denice said.

“We want to emphasize that this is going to be a peaceful demonstration,” he said.

Denice said he thinks the consulate representatives are coming to Milford to try and smooth tensions between Ecuadoreans and the community rather than resolve illegal immigration issues. Continue reading this article

Hispanics Numero Uno in Federal Prisons

Hispanic diversity hit a new high recently. Not only are hispanics the largest minority group in the United States, but they are now the top jailbird population in federal prison so far this year as well.

America continues to be culturally enriched by immigration diversity.

Hispanics new majority sentenced to federal prison, Associated Press, September 6, 2011

More than half of all people sentenced to serve time in federal prison so far this year for felony crimes were Hispanic, a major demographic shift swollen by immigration offenses, according to a new government report released Tuesday.

Hispanics already outnumber all other ethnic groups sent to prison for committing federal felonies.

Hispanics reached a new milestone for the first time this year, making up the majority of all federal offenders in the first nine months of fiscal year 2011, according to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Hispanics comprised 50.3 percent of all people sentenced in that time period, blacks 19.7 percent and whites 26.4 percent.

In comparison, last year Hispanics made up just 16 percent of the whole U.S. population. Continue reading this article

Actual Terror Attempts Are Increasing, but Pollsters Worry about Americans “Uncomfortable” with Muslims

The usual media suspects are wringing their metaphorical hands over the results of a new poll showing that many Americans are “uncomfortable with Muslims.”

Perhaps the diversity ideologues missed the Associated Press investigation released a few days ago:

AP IMPACT: 35,000 worldwide convicted for terror, Associated Press, September 3, 2011

The AP used freedom of information queries, law enforcement data and hundreds of interviews to identify 119,044 anti-terror arrests and 35,117 convictions in 66 countries, accounting for 70 percent of the world’s population. The actual numbers undoubtedly run higher because some countries refused to provide information.

That included 2,934 arrests and 2,568 convictions in the United States, which led the war on terror — eight times more than in the decade before.

Intelligent citizens have observed the violent behavior of jihadist Muslims residing in this country and made an informed opinion. Some Muslims (not every single one) are dangerous persons and suspicion is warranted.

And Islamist violence is on the uptick in this country. As analyst Walid Phares observed last year, “According to open-source reports, between 2001 and 2008, U.S. agencies stopped one or two terror attempts a year. However, from 2009 until today, the government has been uncovering one or two cases a month, a troubling growth in jihadi activities.”

Americans who are concerned about the worsening threat are the people paying attention.

The 41-page report may be read on the Brookings website: What It Means to Be an American: Attitudes in an Increasingly Diverse America Tan Years after 9/11.

The following graph is from the full report and is interesting in that Tea Party members are surveyed as a group:

Poll: Many Americans uncomfortable with Muslims, CNN, September 6, 2011

Washington (CNN) – Ten years after 9/11, Americans are wrestling with their opinions of Muslims, a new survey found, and where Americans get their TV news is playing a role in those opinions.

Nearly half of Americans would be uncomfortable with a woman wearing a burqa, a mosque being built in their neighborhood or Muslim men praying at an airport.   Forty-one percent would be uncomfortable if a teacher at the elementary school in their community were Muslim.

Forty-seven percent of survey respondents said the values of Islam are at odds with American values.

The Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution conducted the survey and issued a report, “What it Means to be American: Attitudes in an Increasingly Diverse America 10 Years after 9/11.”

“Americans are wrestling with fear, but on the other hand they’re also wrestling with acceptance,” said Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute.

The results of the survey were announced Tuesday at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

One issue that seemed to divide respondents was sharia law. Continue reading this article

Mexifornia Update: Democrat DREAMers Are Schemers

In the Fox news report below, California Assembly Member Tim Donnelly remarks that the UC system has been cut by $500 million, the State University system has lost the same amount and tuition has been raised 12 percent.

And yet. . . Sacramento Democrats managed to find $40 million to give to illegal alien college students (aka the CA DREAM Act), while the state is closing 70 parks. Such are the priorities of California Democrats.

Senator Doug La Malfa has heard from constituents that their kids have had their Cal Grants cut. In Mexifornia, American citizens are last in line.

Concerned Californians can phone the state government and use the automated call system set up for the bill:

•  Call 916-445-2841
•  Press 1 for English
•  Then press 2
•  Then press 1
•  Lastly, press 2 to register OPPOSITION to the DREAM ACT!

Europe Faces Illegal Alien Tide as Gaddafi Revenge

Europe may face boatloads of rustic African males with the idea that they are entitled to a cushy modern lifestyle just because they reach the continent, Camp of the Saints style. The man of a dozen spellings, Col. Moammar, may be indisposed at the moment, but he has strategized to dump thousands of unfriendlies on Europe as revenge for its support of the Libyan rebels.

Below, more than 200 Africans sail from Libya to the Italian island of Lampedusa last spring in hopes of reaching Europe eventually.

According to the Al-Jazeera report below, Kadaffy recruited African migrants as fighters, which he now wants to unleash as “floodgates of immigration as a weapon against Europe.”

Wait, aren’t Islamic societies like Libya supposed to be all-welcoming to fellow Muslims? Many of the Africans certainly are members of the ummah, like the Somalis lurking in Tripoli. But even Muslims don’t like Muslim diversity.

Interestingly, the usually sensible London Telegraph characterized the Africans on Sept 3 as Libya’s lost immigrant souls with nowhere to go. Huh? Nowhere to go? What’s wrong the Africans returning to the countries of their birth, where they have relatives and other connections? That would be a nice project for the NGO do-gooders. Allowing the Africans to enter Europe would be wrong in so many ways, like national security for instance.

Europe braced for immigrant influx as chaos reigns, Sydney Morning Herald, September 4, 2011

TRIPOLI: With the Mediterranean stretching to the horizon, the fishing port at Janzour is a jewel on the coastline around the capital.

It is also where Muammar Gaddafi held Europe to ransom by threatening to flood it with illegal immigrants. While he was in power, he demanded billions of dollars in European Union funding for his help stopping human trafficking.

But, ever since the NATO bombing campaign started in March, he seems to have not only abandoned attempts to stop smuggling but also encouraged it as revenge.

For much of the past few months, men in uniform had been directing immigrants on to boats bound for Italy, witnesses said.

Africans who landed this northern summer on Lampedusa, an island south of Sicily, said their passage was free, in contrast with the $US1000 ($938) usually demanded by smugglers.

No boats have left since the rebels drove out Gaddafi’s men, but the human cargo is still stranded there; a thousand African men, women and children, clustered in the dirt under beached boats. They are hungry, scared, penniless and desperate to escape.

This raises the prospect of an influx of migrants to Europe in the months to come, with no guarantee that the rebel government will want or be able to stop it.

Many Africans fear they will be murdered by rebels taking revenge. Since Gaddafi’s soldiers fled two weeks ago, Libyan gunmen have prowled the camp, raping women and robbing the men at knife point.

Gaddafi had invited them into the country, giving them jobs and housing in return for their support. He used their presence to blackmail Europe.

Last year, Gaddafi warned that unless the EU paid him $6 billion a year to stop immigration, Europe would ”turn black”. Before that, Libya and Italy had co-operated with each other to stop immigration.

After NATO backed the rebels in March, Gaddafi again threatened to open the floodgates.

When the NATO bombing of Libya began, 28,000 Africans arrived on Lampedusa from Libya from March to August. There were few the previous year.

Geert Wilders Praises Patriotism and the Nation State

The European Union superstate has illustrated the failure of government that is too big and too distant from the people it is supposed to represent. Problems began to be seen when referendums to approve the EU constitution went down to defeat in the Netherlands and France in 2005 — although the bureaucrats in Brussels have managed a work-around to rejection by the people.

More recently in July, Denmark reinstituted border controls like a real country.

The borderless world is a leftist fantasy, as shown by the Marxist maxim, “Workers of the world, unite!” In 2008, Britain’s Labour Party Prime Minister Gordon Brown declared in Boston, “We are all internationalists now.” He even coined the phrase, “a New Global Deal,” that expresses the plan of elites to redistribute wealth from the first world to the third.

However, transnational corporations see the advantages to them when the influence of national sovereignty is reduced with less rule of law. A future globalist world of rule by corporations unaffected by regulation of environmental quality and worker rights would be quite agreeable to many captains of industry. (The Obama administration has certainly gone crazy with business regulations, but nobody wants Red China-style air you can cut with a knife either.)

One of the most astute assessments of the size question of government was made by Czech President Vaclav Klaus in 2003 when he stated, “You cannot have democratic accountability in anything bigger than a nation state.”

Geert Wilders (pictured) gave a speech in Berlin recently which expounded on that general idea, that living in an accountable nation-state is vital to freedom.

Speech of Geert Wilders in Berlin 9/3/2011: The Threat of Europeanization and the Need to Defend the Nation-State, Politically Correct News, September 3, 2011

Thank you for inviting me to Berlin. It is an honour to be here in this beautiful city of Berlin. When I was here last year I emphasized how important Germany is for all of us. We all benefit from a healthy, democratic, self-confident Germany.

Much has happened since my last visit. In the Netherlands we were able to achieve many amazing things. We have successfully started to roll back the process of Islamization in the Netherlands.

We have done so in a peaceful way and through the democratic process. Recently, a deranged narcissistic psychopath from Norway committed a horrible crime. In cold blood he murdered nearly eighty innocent fellow citizens. The assassin pretended to be a concerned European. He said that he had committed his atrocity because “It is meaningless to participate in the democratic process.”

But he is wrong! The mass murderer from Oslo murdered and maimed, and he justified his heinous crime by denying – I quote – “that it is remotely possible to change the system democratically.” – end of quote.

But he is wrong! The Oslo murderer falsely claims to be one of us. But he is not one of us. We abhor violence. We are democrats. We believe in peaceful solutions.
The reason why we reject Islam is exactly Islam’s violent nature. We believe in democracy. We fight with the force of our conviction, but we never use violence. Our commitment to truth, human dignity and a just and honourable defence of the West does not allow us to use violence nor to give in to cynicism and despair. We cherish the tradition of Aleksander Solzhenitsyn, Jelena Bonner, Lech Walesa and Ronald Reagan. These heroes defeated a totalitarian ideology by the power of their conviction and without firing a single shot. As the ex-Muslim and Islam-critic Ali Sina said in a reaction to the Oslo atrocity: “We don’t raise a sword against darkness; we lit a light.”

So it is. We lit the light of the truth. And the truth will set us free.

The truth is that Islam can be successfully fought with democratic means. We do so in the Netherlands. You can do so, too, in Germany! Let me tell you what we have achieved in the Netherlands since my last visit to Berlin, less than one year ago. It will encourage you. What can be done in the Netherlands can also be done in Germany.

My party, the Party for Freedom, which has 24 seats of the 150 seats in parliament, supports a minority government of Liberals and Christian-Democrats. We do this in return for measures to restrict immigration, roll back crime, counter cultural relativism, and restore our traditional Western freedoms, such as freedom of speech.
The Party for Freedom has been in this position for less than a year, but we are achieving great things.

We have achieved that the Netherlands will soon ban the face-covering Islamic burkas and the niqabs!

We will restrict immigration from non-Western countries by up to 50% in the next four years! Continue reading this article

Rep. Duncan Hunter Supports Border Security then Amnesty

Note to self: move Rep. Duncan Hunter from good guy category (voting grade A-) to interior sh#t list, along with Sen John McCain and others who think border security is merely a precursor on the short road to inevitable Amnesty for millions of lawbreaking foreigners — based on Hunter’s recent Politico opinion piece extolling “comprehensive immigration reform” (below).

There should NEVER be another amnesty, mostly because when the government rewards a behavior, we all get lots more of it.

It’s basic psychology. Try rewarding your kid for screaming at the dinner table or Fido for relieving himself on the Oriental rug: the unwanted behavior will persist, if not worsen. If Washington announces another amnesty with lots of enforcement as part of the deal (heh), the message to Mexico and beyond will register as Amnesty, period.

Another psychological aspect is how demanding the illegals have become. They are not the grateful newcomers of your grandfather’s generation. La Raza and other hispanic supremacists have fostered the ideology of entitlement, that Mexicans in particular are victims and therefore due everything they can mooch from US taxpayers, like free college educations for the kiddies as is about to be implemented in California.

Anyway, wasn’t Obama’s strategy supposed to be heightened border enforcement to be followed by an amnesty for the future Democrats? The government can’t even manage genuine border control for a short period. So Obama gave up on the charade and implemented a pre-election administrative amnesty for his hispanic base.

The failed Reagan Amnesty of 1986 was supposed to include border and workplace enforcement, but oops, Washington forgot. Slave-cheap labor is just too attractive for business — which is why there are still 8 million illegals unlawfully occupying American jobs while 14 million citizens are unemployed in a wrenching jobs depression.

Bottom line: a nation of laws cannot forgive lawbreaking invaders every generation and then expect either citizens or foreigners to respect the legal system at all. No other area of public policy offers reward rather than punishment for crimes.

The message from Washington to the world about immigration should be “Enforcement ONLY.”

Secure the borders before reform, By Rep. Duncan Hunter, Politico, September 3, 2011

Our borders must be secured before any comprehensive immigration reform. Luckily, border security is the easy part.

The right combination of border infrastructure, personnel and technology – all working in unison – can effectively close smuggling corridors and make it excruciatingly difficult to enter the U.S. illegally.

That’s something we can do now. It will be harder, but not impossible, to find consensus on the broader immigration issue. Even current law would suffice, assuming it’s consistently and thoroughly enforced – which has not been the case.

What’s unfortunate is the Senate, under Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), has showed time and again – starting with its inability to pass a budget – it’s unwilling to work toward implementing responsible reforms. All Congress needs to do, short of making workplace enforcement mandatory for all employers, is attach real consequences to any state or locality that refuses to enforce existing immigration law.

One reliable option is to deny federal reimbursement for initiatives such as the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. Another is to restrict federal funding altogether.

What’s the real upside to effective enforcement? It’s good for everyone – citizens, legal immigrants and, yes, even illegal immigrants. Continue reading this article

Will Republicans Compete on Enforcement Toughness?

Is American sovereignty finally appearing as an important topic in the Presidential campaign?

Law and borders have been given short shrift in earlier Presidential elections because both parties have constituencies that favor permissive immigration enforcement: Republican elites like cheap labor and Democrat honchos believe that importing millions of big-government foreigners will bring a permanent liberal majority.

But the emergence of the Tea Party has changed the game. Grassroots conservatives across America are politically engaged to fix what’s wrong with the country — and that includes immigration anarchy. They demanded better governance in local townhall meetings last year and voted in a Republican House in 2010 with dozens of Tea Party-identified members, pledged to cut spending and rein in government.

According to the Washington Post, Republican candidates are hearing from many citizens voicing concerns about border security and immigration enforcement:

Illegal immigration is flash point for Republican White House hopefuls, WP, September 1, 2011

KEENE, N.H. — Mitt Romney opened his town hall meeting here talking about the economy — his thoughts on growing business, getting government out of the way — just as he does nearly every other campaign event. But when he opened last week’s forum for questions, the first voter he called on didn’t seem concerned about any of that. He wanted to know the Republican presidential candidate’s stance on border security.

A similar scene played out in South Carolina a few days later, when Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) attended a town hall meeting she assumed would center on the economy, jobs and the federal deficit — only to see the assembled voters react most passionately to her comments on illegal immigration.

Polls may not suggest it, and the candidates may not be catering to it, but immigration is an issue that voters won’t let the GOP White House hopefuls escape. [. . .]

Texas Governor Rick Perry (immigration enforcement grade D-) must not have gotten the memo, since he remarked to a New Hampshire audience on Saturday, “No, I don’t support a fence on the border.” Even the Associated Press noted the negative reaction to his impolitic answer.

Unlike Rick Perry, however, Mitt Romney has taken the hint from what citizens say is important to them. Listening to voters — how radical!

(You can hear Mitt Romney interviewed on the John and Ken radio show on Feb 1, 2008 which illustrates his intellectual grasp of the illegal immigration topic.)

Romney takes tough line on immigration, Miami Herald, September 3, 2011

TAMPA — With Rick Perry proving to be a serious threat to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, the former Massachusetts governor swung through Tampa on Friday to exploit what some Republicans see as Perry’s Achilles’ heel: immigration.

“We must stop providing the incentives that promote illegal immigration,” Romney told more than 100 people attending a Republican Hispanic conference. “As governor, I vetoed legislation that would have provided in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants and I strengthened the authority our state troopers had to enforce existing immigration laws.”

Romney, 64, never mentioned by name the Texas governor, who leads Romney in most national polls as well as in early primary and caucus states. But immigration is a new issue of focus for Romney this election cycle, and his campaign knows Perry, 61, is already facing criticism from conservatives for not taking a hard-enough line.

For instance, in 2001 Perry signed a version of the DREAM Act that made Texas the first state to allow in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants — much like the bill Romney boasted of killing in Massachusetts.

Last year, Perry said he had no interest in passing a tough Arizona-style immigration law for his border state. He also has questioned the effectiveness of building a massive border fence, something Romney said Friday should be a priority. Continue reading this article

California Democrats Close Parks While Giving Millions to Illegal Alien Students

In Democrat-run Mexifornia, illegal aliens are one Jerry Brown signature away from full access to taxpayer funds for their dubious college educations. You can be sure the various Ethnic Studies departments are doing group cartwheels, because foreign grifters who manage to graduate from high school (or get a GED taken in Spanish), won’t be majoring in anything useful.

To illustrate how deeply Democrats have decimated California, consider the worthwhile state institutions that are being destroyed while illegal alien students are being funded and citizen young people bypassed.

One of the best things about California is the wonderful system of beautiful state parks, but a substantial number are being sacrificed due to the ongoing budget crisis — 70 parks out of a total of 278.

We can be sure that Mexican organized crime will be eyeballing the newly available acreage to expand their toxic marijuana grow zones. Mexican cartels have already been violating Point Reyes for years.

Independent foreign moochers have ripped off national and state parks of anything valuable they can steal. One example is the Olympic National Park where illegals have been picking salal (valued for floral arrangements) for years, Poaching natural resources is a squatter favorite because law enforcement is more lax. California’s unprotected parks will be sitting ducks when an onslaught of ravening wolves come to steal and spoil.

Below, a quiet glade in Samuel Taylor Park, near Lagunitas in Marin County, which is being closed due to state budget cutbacks.

Here are the figures: the state is closing 70 parks to save $11 million annually, but is about to spend $40 million per year of taxpayer funds on college educations for illegal aliens who cannot work legally upon graduation.

Following is more about the terrible destruction of California parks:

California Closing State Parks in Need of Costly Maintenance, Fox News, September 2, 2011

Many Californians cannot believe it’s come to this: closing 70 state parks to save $22 million over the next couple of years.

That may not sound like a lot, but many of the Golden State’s parks are in varying states of disrepair and need $1.3 billion dollars of deferred maintenance.

Needing to cut costs wherever he can, Gov. Jerry Brown looked at the parks with the highest repair bills and the least significance — cultural, historic, economic or otherwise.

But some, like the old Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento, are very popular, while sites like writer Jack London’s ranch in Sonoma County are considered local treasures. The second-largest state park in California, Henry Coe in Santa Clara County, is also on the closure list.

“We’ve reached a point where we’ve had the last straw to break the camel’s back, but there’s no other choice but to close,” says Roy Stearns, deputy director of communications for the California State Parks Department. Continue reading this article

Free Speech in Europe Remains under Threat

Over in Denmark, retired cartoonist Kurt Westergaard lives a safe life because he has 24/7 security to protect him from members of the Religion of Peace.

Mr. Westergaard doodled up the infamous Bomb-Turban Mohammed, which outraged hostile Muslims worldwide. It was the most iconic image of the several cartoons published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten which grew into the global cartoon jihad.

As a result, Westergaard has become something of a free speech hero, which is a hazardous position, so he is not often interviewed.

An axe-carrying Somali Muslim broke into his home in 2010 to murder Westergaard, but police intervened in time. Free speech is severely threatened by Muslim immigration, which is another good reason why it should end in America and Europe.

IRS Gives Billions in Tax Refunds to Illegal Aliens

In today’s America, employed citizens are forced to pay taxes to support liberals’ favorite designated victim groups like illegal aliens, exemplified by bankrupt California moving rapidly toward redistributing $40 million to unlawful foreign college students.

Another case is the $4 billion in tax refunds given by the feds to grifter illegal aliens.

Undocumented workers got billions from IRS in tax credits, audit finds, Washington Post, September 2, 2011

The Internal Revenue Service allowed undocumented workers to collect $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits last year, a new audit says, almost quadruple the sum five years ago.

Although undocumented workers are not eligible for federal benefits, the report released Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration concludes that federal law is ambiguous on whether these workers qualify for a tax break based on earned income called the additional child tax credit.

Taxpayers can claim this credit to reduce what they owe in taxes, often getting refunds from the government. The vagueness of federal law may have contributed to the $4.2 billion in credits, the report said.

The IRS said it lacks the authority to disallow the claims.

Wage earners who do not have Social Security numbers and are not authorized to work in the United States can use what the IRS calls individual taxpayer identification numbers. Often these result in fraudulent claims on tax returns, auditors found.

Their data showed that 72 percent of returns filed with taxpayer identification numbers claimed the child tax credit. Continue reading this article

California DREAM Act Passes Senate

In California, illegal alien college students already get in-state tuition, courtesy of the beleaguered taxpayer. But that was not enough. Now they must have even more of the public’s scarce funds, even though the state’s system of universities has been deeply damaged because of budget cuts.

Even so, California Democrats are determined to redistribute the citizens’ money, taking financial aid from worthy young Americans and giving it to illegal aliens from Mexico and beyond. New reports are full of stories about college students who cannot graduate because courses they need are not being given as a result of budget cutbacks. In such a climate, goodies for illegal alien students nevertheless remain a top priority for Democrats.

Analysis estimates that the legislation will cost $40 million.

In Sacramento, the Mexican tail wags the Democrat dog. The hispanic legislators get whatever they want, no matter what it costs or who it hurts.

Today’s example of this political fact was the passage by the Senate of the California DREAM Act.

Bill would let illegal immigrant students get aid, Associated Press, August 31, 2011

The state Senate on Wednesday approved the second half of contentious legislation that would allow students who are illegal immigrants to apply for state-funded scholarships and financial aid.

The Senate approved AB131, also known as the California Dream Act, with a 22-11 vote, leaving it just one step away from the governor’s desk.

The state Assembly must consider changes to the bill it previously passed before it can go to Gov. Jerry Brown.

“These students are valedictorians, they’re class presidents, and they’re all-star athletes. They are the future of California,” said Sen. Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, who carried the bill in the Senate.

The bill is part of a legislative package by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles. Last month, Brown, a Democrat, signed a separate bill by Cedillo approving private scholarships and loans for illegal immigrant students. AB131 would make those students eligible for state-funded financial aid.

Critics say allowing access to those state resources encourages illegal immigration. Supporters counter that the students, many of whom were brought to the United States as young children, shouldn’t be punished for their parents’ actions.

Sen. Doug La Malfa, R-Willows, opposed the bill Wednesday. He read a letter from a constituent who said his daughter’s California education grant was recently cut. He said passing a law such as this would be like rubbing salt in his wound.

Cedillo’s legislative package differs from the federal Dream Act, a proposal that would create a path to citizenship for those who are brought to the country illegally as children.

Under the bill approved Wednesday, illegal immigrant students would have to meet the same requirements as others but only would qualify for financial aid that remains after legal residents apply.

“They basically receive the leftovers,” Calderon said.