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By Jason Smith     May 29, 2010 in World
Not many would guess that a question such as "should there be a scholarship for illegal immigrants" would ever be raised. Santa Ana College in California, however, is raising that very question.
It is called the Scholarship of Santa Ana College and is in memory of Tam Ngoc Tran, a former student and illegal immigrant who was killed in a car crash May 15, reports U.S. News. Tran was on the path to U.S. citizenship and a DREAM activist, hoping to push more legislation for illegal immigrants to receive financial aid for education.
"The goal of the scholarship is to help a student on a path to citizenship", said Sara Lundquist, vice president of students. "Tam dedicated her time and energy advocating for children of undocumented immigrants who were brought into this country and grew up as Americans, but are not even permanent residents", Lundquist tells the Register.
As one would guess, such a move has its fair amount of opponents.
Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who represents parts of Orange County, condemned the use of financial aid funds, as reported by the Register.
The Register also reports that Rohrabacher says the public financing of the scholarship is a direct "affront to law-abiding citizens [whose] tax dollars will foot the bill."
Santa Ana college has stated that it will be using private money to fund the scholarship.
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