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Senator Golden Is No Dreamer On Tuition Assistance For Undocumented Residents

State Senator Marty Golden. Photo by Erica Sherman

State Senator Marty Golden said he won’t support the New York Dream Act, legislation that would allow undocumented residents in New York to have access to tuition assistance for higher education.

Up until recently, Golden wouldn’t have even needed to address this issue because the bill seemed all but dead. The bill was first introduced three years ago by Senator Bill Perkins and had never gained much steam, according to an article by NBC New York. But with the support of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and several Democratic lawmakers, the bill has gained momentum.

It passed in the Democratic-led Assembly and now waits approval in the Senate – where Republicans and conservative Democrats are stalling. Golden is among those opposed to the bill.

NBC New York writes:

Advocates for the Dream Act say they hope to convince Republican Sens. Martin Golden, Lee Zeldin and Andrew Lanza to back the legislation. Golden said he doesn’t support the Dream Act, but would back a “Dream Fund” to provide scholarships through private sources. Zeldin and Lanza didn’t return calls seeking comment.

If passed, the bill would include a budget of $25 million through the Tuition Assistance Program for illegal immigrant students in public and private colleges.

It’s unclear how many students would be able to access this fund but according to a reportĀ  by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, 8,300 such students in the CUNY and SUNY systems would qualify. Currently, New York’s laws are more lenient than many other states when dealing with such students. It is among 16 states thatĀ  allow those students to pay in-state tuition, which is significantly cheaper than paying out-of-state rates.

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  1. There are many sides to this argument. But I feel that those who came here as children, brought by their parents and without having made any choice to violate immigration laws, should not be punished for the decisions of their parents. They are as “American” as any of us by virtue of being raised and educated here. Therefore, providing state based financial aid to them so they can move up the educational and socio-economic ladder seems like a win-win for them and for the state which will benefit from their work and their taxes.

  2. Illegal means just that. Now you can violate the laws and get everything. I have to compete with illegals for my college tuition? That’s totally crazy!

  3. Of course DeBlasio would support this, I’m not surprised. This scumbag would sell his mother for the minority vote. Don’t let the rhetoric confuse you, this isn’t done for the betterment of all or other such nonsense, this is strictly a political move to buy the minority vote. Disgusting.
    College degrees for illegals and for felons, that’s the Democrapic platform nowadays. But the true victims of these illegals who are usually criminals and are left without a parent can’t get a college degree because they were left to fend for themselves after their family was destroyed by these scumbags. But yeah, let these subhuman garbage get degrees for being illegals and murderers… Does that make any sense?

  4. But after graduation they will still will be illegal, so how they will get a job?
    We are better off using the funds for scholarships for legal children from poor families and help them to get an education.

  5. Mexican Government does with regards to ILLEGAL entry into Mexico:

    From Mexico’s Own Immigration Site:

    1. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools, no special ballots for elections, and all government business will be conducted in our language.

    2. Foreigners will NOT have the right to vote, no matter how long they are here.

    3. Foreigners will NEVER be able to hold political office.

    4. Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care, nor any other government assistance programs.

    5. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.

    6. If foreigners do come and want to buy land that will be okay, BUT options will be restricted. You are not allowed to own waterfront property. That property is reserved for citizens naturally born into this country.

    7. Foreigners may not protest; no demonstrations, no waving a foreign flag, no political organizing, no “bad-mouthing” our president or his policies. If you do you will be sent home.

    8. If you do come to this country illegally, you will be hunted down and sent straight to jail.

  6. Am I dreaming? I had to pay for my children because I am not poor enough. They also had to take loans because I am not reach enough. You have extra money give it USA citizens, give it to families that struggle paying for their kids education.

  7. I of course agree the middle class should have more support for higher education.
    May I ask, though… Which is worse: to NOT allow these essentially American illegals to get funding for college and limiting their upward mobility and possibly keeping them in various expensive social programs (health care and more) that they do qualify for regardless of status OR spending a bit now to keep them OFF those social programs? Again, these are individuals brought here as babies, raised and taught entirely in our education system, American in every way except legally because of a choice their parents’ made, and now paying the price for their parents’ choice. Thoughts?

  8. There is a problem. Giving money for education will not stop social programs waste. I do believe that federal government must do something about illegals. But it should be done first. College graduates without legal papers or work authorization cannot get a job according to a current law. So, why waste taxpayers money now. Why put a carriage before a horse? Everything seems to me as a “act of kindness” in election year. The explanation given by Assembly members shows that they do not understand the obstacles of a current law. I am for education, I am for solving the problem but do it right. Otherwise, we, the taxpayers, are paying for one more bridge to nowhere.

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