Political pressure to include Dream Act in state budget grows
A growing number of politicians who support state Democrats’ proposal to offer financial aid to undocumented students want the provision included in the state’s budget, which is due at the end of the month.
The New York Daily News reported that state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined the coalition asking for the Dream Act to pass as part of the budget after it failed by two votes in the Senate last week.
“Every student deservers a fair shot, and if we can achieve that through the budget process I fully support those efforts,” Schneiderman told the News.
Over the weekend, both Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito reiterated their support for the measure, but neglected to suggest how the Legislature should pass the stalled bill.
The Democrat-controlled state Assembly has long supported the proposal, which would make the children of immigrants who came to the country without documentation eligible for higher education financial aid.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has also publicly backed the bill, and over the weekend reportedly told Latino lawmakers that the “dream’s not dead.”
However, a new Siena College poll released Monday might dash the dream for some, with 56 percent of respondents opposing the bill. Only 39 percent of the 812 New York state residents polled support the Dream Act.
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