A branch of UCLA set up to educate illegal aliens and turn them into immigration activists won’t get off the ground.
According to Fox News, the National Dream University, which plays upon the name of the failed DREAM Act amnesty for illegals, won’t open its doors, thanks to pressure from a lawmaker who didn’t think it was such a bright idea.
Announced just a month ago, NDU was similar to Freedom University, an effort in Georgia to provide higher education to illegal aliens. One of NDU’s organizers is an immigration activist who has told immigrants they will replace “old white men.”
Donnelly Says No
Fox reported that California Assemblyman Tom Donnelly blew the whistle on the crackpot idea, which would have used taxpayers dollars and was launched by UCLA’s Center for Labor Research and Education and the National Labor College. NLC announces its mission as “educating the labor community.”
According to Inside Higher Ed, NDU was a “[a] new certificate program” that “aims to make higher education more affordable to undocumented immigrants and raise awareness about the barriers they face to attaining that education.”
The one-year program … will begin in January 2013. Applications for the program opened Monday, said Kent Wong, director of UCLA’s labor center. He said the program has received a lot of inquiries from prospective students as well as responses from faculty nationwide who want to support the program.
On its website, the program advertises itself as a way for undocumented immigrants to gain access to higher education while waiting for Congress to take action on the DREAM Act, a long-debated bill that would provide permanent residency for certain undocumented immigrants who meet a set of conditions.
California, Inside Higher Ed reported, is one of three states that not only allow illegals to pay in-state tuition but also offer them financial aid. Organizers had hoped to “enroll between 30 and 35 students for the January 2013 entering class.”
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