One measure was his declaration of support during the October 3 debate with Republican Meg Whitman.
Immigration dominates Whitman-Brown debate, San Francisco Chronicle, October 3, 2010Whatâ€™s wrong with kicking out illegal aliens from state universities? They take up scarce slots that should go to citizen students whose parents paid taxes rather than broke laws.
One of the most dramatic moments of the second gubernatorial debate came when a woman in the audience â€“ who did not identify herself â€“ said she was a student and an undocumented immigrant and asked their positions on the Dream Act, which would allow for a path to citizenship for college graduates.
Brown said he would sign the law if he becomes governor, saying â€?Ms. Whitman goes beyond opposing the Dream Act. She wants to kick you out of this school because you are not documented â€” and that is wrong.â€?
Whitman stuck to her opposition of the Dream Act, saying, â€?This is a very tough situation, but I donâ€™t think itâ€™s fair to the people who are here in California legally.â€?
More recently, Jerry promised illegal aliens a pathway to the California DREAM education (on the taxpayersâ€™ backs), even though illegal graduates will not be able to work lawfully.
Bill Clinton, Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom address 6,000 cheering Dems at UCLA, San Francisco Chonicle blog, October 15, 2010Then thereâ€™s this videoâ€¦
And Brown, noting his differences with Whitman on immigration issues, called for every student whoâ€™s qualified, â€?whether theyâ€™re documented or not,â€? to be able to attend California state universities, saying that would be â€?one of the first bills I signâ€? as governor once he deals with the state budget.
Meanwhile, the court case against taxpayer-subsidized illegal alien tuition is moving along.
Fight over illegalsâ€™ tuition reaches high court, San Francisco Chronicle, October 6, 2010
(10-05) 18:21 PDT FRESNO â€” The issue of benefits for illegal immigrants landed at the state Supreme Court on Tuesday, as out-of-state students challenged a law allowing anyone who has graduated from a California high school to pay in-state tuition at a public university, regardless of immigration status.
The 2002 law, intended to encourage youngsters to attend college, enables undocumented students to pay the same lower fees as other state residents â€“ at the University of California, $11,300 instead of $34,000 a year.
A lawyer for 42 non-Californians who pay the higher fees at UC, state university and community college campuses argued that the statute is discriminatory and violates federal immigration law.
â€?One of the privileges of U.S. citizenship is not being treated worse than an illegal alien,â€? attorney Kris Kobach told the court at a hearing in Fresno.