SPRINGFIELD Undocumented college students would gain new access to privately funded scholarships under legislation that passed the Senate on Wednesday with support from immigration-rights groups. The Illinois Dream Act, which passed 45-11 and now moves to the House, would establish a state commission to dole out privately funded scholarships to as many as 95,000 children of undocumented immigrants. No taxpayer dollars would be used. The measure, sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), also would allow undocumented immigrants ages 18 to 29 with taxpayer-identification cards to invest in the states Bright Start and College Illinois programs. We are simply saying they should be treated as other children are who want to go to college, Cullerton said. The roll call included support from 34 Democrats and 11 Republicans, including the GOPs 2010 gubernatorial nominee, Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). This was bipartisan vote. Here in the land of Lincoln, open minds and big hearts prevail, and this was a step in the right direction, said Lawrence Benito, associate director of the Illinois coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, which pushed the bill. But some of the legislations GOP critics, including Sen. Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora), argued that the bill sends the wrong message because it legitimizes the decision by some immigrants to bypass citizenship, and it could crowd out legal citizens from taxpayer-supported college classrooms. Read more: State Senate OKs Dream Act for immigrants ============================================== More rewards for foreign invaders. The most disgusting type of treachery as it punishes all loyal American children for being AMERICANS. Those loyal Americans are being treated like second class citizens in favor of the third world Nazis. Unless military action is taken against Mexico soon, we may not have an American way of life to give to our children.