Two offspring of “illegal immigrants” met at Wilbur Cross High School Thursday afternoon. One of them, the governor, signed a law that will allow the other, a high school student, to go to college.

The occasion was the celebration of a new Connecticut law, a version of the so-called “DREAM Act,” to allow children of undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at Connecticut colleges and universities, as long as they have spent four years in—and graduated from—a Connecticut high school.

Governor Dannel P. Malloy was in town for a ceremonial “signing” of the bill, following his official signing on June 13.

He was joined by Maria Praeli, a high school student from New Milford, who will now have the chance to go to college because of the new law. Praeli came to Connecticut from Peru when she was 5 years old.

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