April 21, 2014

Will Albany Pass DREAM Act Too?


Albany NY Gets Set To Pass DREAM ActStates are passing their own immigration laws, and a far faster rate than the federal government is moving on the issue.

Everyone knows that flase promises by both sides make or break Federal elections in the various branches of the government, -but States tend to speak their  minds by passing laws.

Arizona goes one way, California goes another.

Governor of California, Jerry Brown, did just that on October 8th.

Declaring the need to expand educational opportunity, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he has signed legislation making illegal immigrants eligible to receive state financial aid to attend California universities and community colleges.

Brown said he signed the California Dream Act because it makes sense to allow high-achieving students access to college financial aid.

“Going to college is a dream that promises intellectual excitement and creative thinking,” Brown said in a statement. “The Dream Act benefits us all by giving top students a chance to improve their lives and the lives of all of us.”

And Albany might just do the same as California, at least along the lines of Education rights.

New York State is poised to pass a legislative agenda that focuses on granting illegal immigrants access to financial assistance for public universities, a step that California took a few days ago. John King Jr., the state’s education commissioner to the Board of Regents, tells the Times that, “It’s about making sure that students are able to fulfill their aspirations after their graduate from high school.” New York allows undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition, but the move is part of a larger strategy to lobby Congress to pass a version of the Dream Act, which would give students who completed two years of college or military service a path to citizenship.

The article here on the Gothamist, covers it in full.

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