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20110505_HA_dream_act2728.JPGCoincidence?

Naw, can't be.

There was plenty of Latino symbolism surrounding the Assembly's passage Thursday of Assembly Bill 130, which would allow some illegal immigrants to apply for college scholarships funded from private donations.

The measure by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, received a roll-call floor vote on May 5, Cinco de Mayo, a day commemorated nationwide as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

In the Assembly's daily file, the measure was listed as agenda item 55, another reminder of Cinco de Mayo, which occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of each year.

The bill's number, AB 130, also is significant.

Assemblyman Mike Eng, D-Monterey Park, noted during floor debate that I-130 is the number of the federal form used by citizens or permanent residents to help relatives obtain green cards for immigration to the United States.

More symbolism?

Maybe it's a stretch but...

AB 130 got 51 yes votes in Thursday's Assembly roll call. Fifty-one consists of the numbers five and one. Add them together and you get six, which is precisely the number of years that Cedillo has been pushing the issue.


PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblyman Gilbert Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, stands behind Assemblyman Mike Eng D-Monterey Park on Thursday May 5, 2011 as he talks about the California "Dream Act" bill. Hector Amezcua/The Sacramento Bee



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