SACRAMENTO, CA — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement by State Council President Bill A. Lloyd following the Assembly’s passage of the California Dream Act:
“Today’s passage of the Dream Act marks a victory for young people who led the fight to bring their peers out of the shadows, only to see justice denied by the veto pen of the previous Governor. Today is possible because these outstanding and brave young people led the way, even though it meant risking their own future. They are true leaders.
“Now, California has the chance to open the doors of opportunity to every deserving student regardless of economic background or the path that led them to the Golden State.
“Nurturing the talent and hard work of some of the state’s most outstanding young people will strengthen our economy and our future. With their success as scholars who earned college acceptance against all odds, there is no limit to what they can achieve – and give back to our state. All California has to do is open the door.”
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SEIU California is a coalition of over 700,000 janitors, social workers, security officers, home care workers, school and university employees, healthcare workers, and city, county and state employees represented by SEIU local unions throughout California. We come together to build a better California by fighting to pass policies and elect candidates that benefit working families and advance the issues we care about: affordable healthcare, good wages, retirement security for all, a healthy environment, good schools and universities, and stronger communities. We believe that by working together we can build a California where working families can thrive again.