ALBANY — Assembly Democrats have a dream — and they’re pushing to include $25 million in the upcoming state budget to make it a reality.
The Dems will unveil a plan Friday to create a state DREAM Act to provide college aid for kids of illegal immigrants.
Under the proposal, the state’s chief financial assistance program would be available to undocumented students who graduate from high school in New York State and go to college.
The Dems are also seeking another $2.9 million to help ensure DREAM Act students are eligible for other higher education opportunity programs.
“I believe in a New York where a student’s immigration status should never prevent them from accessing higher education,” said Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Queens).
The GOP opposes using taxpayer money on illegal immigrants but is open to creating a state-run private scholarship fund.
Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Brooklyn) is also pushing a DREAM Act, but wants to pay for it with fees from potential casinos.
Students [including members of Make the Road New York] across the country have rallied in support of the DREAM Act. It may become a reality in New York State if the Democrats’ $25 million budget proposal passes.