Pass the New York Dream Act!
It is time to make education accessible to all students, regardless of their immigration status. The New York Dream Act (S.4179) will recognize the contributions of undocumented students in the state.
Governor Cuomo and NY legislators have the responsibility to stand up for these students and support the NY Dream Act. We urge them to do everything in their power to make it a reality.
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To Governor Cuomo, Majority Leader Skelos, and Speaker Silver:
We, the undersigned, urge you to support and secure the passage of the New York Dream Act (S.4179/A.6829)
Despite an unprecedented year of action and escalation taken by undocumented youth, the United States Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act in 2010. This has left undocumented youth in New York without any form or relief. It is now up to the State of NY to provide dignity and recognition for these promising and deserving young people.
The NY Dream Act will respect the dignity and contributions of undocumented youth in the state by giving them access to the tuition assistance program (TAP) and public scholarships. Furthermore, it will give hope to thousands of young people by providing them with the opportunity to continue with their education.
As a state with one of the largest immigrant populations, NY should be at the forefront of progressive immigration policies, pushing back on the tide of national and local anti-immigrant policies. The New York State Youth Leadership Council, the primary Dream Act and undocumented youth led organization in NY, is advocating the NY Dream Act.
We, the undersigned, urge you to support and secure the passage of the New York Dream Act.