Beatriz, the daughter of house cleaners, and Chava, the son of tamale and ice cream makers from San Jose, will enroll this fall in the University of California at Merced – an event they viewed as unattainable until two months ago. They did aspire to a four-year degree. But as undocumented immigrants from Mexico whose parents moved them to America before they were in middle school, they were realists, too. Community college would be all they could afford, if that.
Beatriz and Chava are the new California Dreamers, among the first to receive college aid under California’s Dream Act, which Jerry Brown signed into law last year on its fifth trip to the governor’s desk.