On October 8, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Dream Act, which expanded financial aid to undocumented immigrant students in the state, into law. Much of the provisions within the California statute mirrored those in the federal Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. The decision came just two months after US President Barack Obama announced major reforms to the US immigration system, putting 300,000 illegal immigrants' cases up for review. In June 2012, Iowa Congressman Steve King stated that he planned to sue the Obama administration to delay implementation of the act.
Learn more about the DREAM Act from the JURIST news archive, and read an overview of US Immigration Law in Features.