By a 30-29 vote Monday evening, the New York State Senate rejected a bill that would open state financial aid to students who are in the country illegally. The DREAM Act had passed the state assembly in February.
Rep. Charles Rangel issued a press release, saying, “Our current immigration system denies some of the best and brightest students in the nation the chance to help America maintain its greatness. Many of them may have arrived here illegally by their parents, but they salute the Stars and Stripes and America is the only home they know. They deserve the same opportunity to contribute to our nation as Americans.”
Supporters of the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act ranged from frustrated to inconsolable.
It’s those old, white men crushing dreams again.
NBC New York reports that the proposal included $25 million to open up Tuition Assistance Program money for students in both public and private colleges.