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[Press Statement] Coalition Responds to New York State Senate Vote on DREAM Act


Press Contact: Thanu Yakupitiyage,  Main Phone: 212-627-2227 x235,  Cell Phone: 413-687-5160,  E-mail: tyaku@thenyic.org
New York  (Tuesday, March 18, 2014)

[Press Statement] Coalition Responds to New York State Senate Vote on DREAM Act

 New York State Senate Shuts Door on Immigrant Youth;
Coalition Responds With Disappointment, Pledges to Keep Fighting

(New York, NY) On Monday evening, the dreams of thousands of undocumented New York youth were shattered on the New York State Senate floor.  In a rushed vote widely perceived as a cynical political move, the New York State DREAM Act came up two votes short with 30 Senators in support and 29 against; every Republican present voted against the measure. 
The New York Immigration Coalition, alongside thousands of undocumented New York youth, their families, and dozens of advocacy groups, faith leaders, and labor unions, have pressured the New York Legislature to pass the New York State DREAM Act since the federal DREAM Act failed in Congress in 2010. The NYS DREAM Act would allow undocumented immigrant students to apply for state tuition assistance, expand access to the State’s 529 College Savings Program, and create a private scholarship fund available to undocumented students.
The following is a statement from Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition:
“Those who voted no on the New York State DREAM Act have shut the door on opportunity for our State’s youth and have squandered an important investment in young people who can boost New York’s economy, support our communities, and serve as our State’s future leaders.  However, we continue to hold out hope that Governor Cuomo and Senate Co-Leaders Jeffrey Klein and Dean Skelos will repair the damage done to immigrant students by putting the New York State DREAM Act in the final budget.  In the coming weeks, we will ramp up the pressure and demand action.  Let us be clear: We will not stand idly by while our elected officials in Albany play political football with the lives of immigrant youth.”
The New York Immigration Coalition-NYIC-  is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees. The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.


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