Assemblyman Tim Donnelly sought to defeat the California Dream Act and failed
California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks) informed his followers today that a signature-gathering drive to defeat the California Dream Act has failed. Mr. Donnelly sounded defiant in printed statements as he acknowledged his efforts have been insufficient to gather the necessary 504,760 valid signatures required to place a referendum on the ballot.
Angelica Salas, executive director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), stated:
“Once again, Assemblyman Donnelly has wasted an incredible amount of time and resources fighting an education bill he disagrees with instead of meeting the needs of his constituents and other Californians.
We wonder if Mr. Donnelly’s endless and fruitless war against immigrants should be evaluated by those who entrusted him with their vote to determine if he’s the right person to lead them into the 21st century.
The California Dream Act is a fair, timely, and inexpensive bill that will support a limited number of financial scholarships to undocumented students who have been brought to the U.S. as children. Contrary to Mr. Donnelly’s belief, California’s large diverse population supports the merits of the legislation and looks forward to its implementation in 2013.”