Christie celebrates DREAM Act passage

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) celebrated Tuesday the signing of the DREAM Act in his state, which grants in-state college tuition to undocumented students who attended high school for at least three years.

Christie had actually signed the bill in December, but touted its passage Tuesday.

“Unlike what happens in Washington, that government can actually work for you," Christie said at a ceremony in Union City, N.J. "That things can actually get done, that agreements can be reached, and that commitments can be kept."

Democrats in Congress have previously tried to pass similar legislation in the last few years, but have failed to garner enough votes.
President Obama, meanwhile, announced in 2012 an executive order that embraced one of the DREAM Act’s provisions, which temporarily suspends the deportation of young undocumented people living in the United States.

Christie, who previously opposed the bill, said he would support the legislation just before he won reelection last November.

After Election Day, he opposed a part of the bill that would allow students to become eligible for state financial aid. The legislature ultimately passed it, excluding that provision, New Jersey's Star-Ledger reports. 

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