Santa Ana College, a two-year institution in Southern California, is creating a $2,500 scholarship for illegal-immigrant students in memory of a former student who was killed in a highway accident in Maine last month, The Orange County Register reported. The scholarship will honor Tam Ngoc Tran, who was an illegal immigrant herself in pursuit of citizenship and had testified before Congress in favor of the Dream Act. She was a graduate student at Brown University at the time of her death.
The planned scholarship has drawn an outraged response from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, who threatened in a letter to the college’s president to try to yank the institution’s federal money. He called the scholarship “an affront to law-abiding citizens” that showed “a misguided set of priorities.” In a news release, the college noted that the scholarship would be offered by the Santa Ana College Foundation, its separate fund-raising arm.