Political pressure to include Dream Act in state budget grows

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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has joined the Dream Act coalition.
Credit: Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr

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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  1. Why are they trying to push this forward? Two other recent polls showed that the majority of US citizens are not only against the DREAM Act, but are also against any form of amnesty for those here illegally.
    The people polled were not all Republicans, nor could they be called racists. It’s just that rewarding people who have broken the law does not make sense to most people; neither does giving benefits to their children, whether or not they claim they are not responsible for their parents’ actions.
    I’m an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher with classes of legal foreign students, and it is ridiculous and insulting to them that the US government would even think of giving preferential treatment to illegal aliens. In fact, it’s a slap in the face to anyone in this country who abides by US laws.
    I am neither a Republican nor a racist — I am just sick of hearing about this. I’d rather read about New York finally enforcing e-Verify, and finally doing something to reduce the illegal population here.