BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Elmhurst) continues his efforts to get his proposed Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act passed, calling on his state Senate colleagues to pass the legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to receive financial aid for college.
The bill, which Peralta has been pushing for approximately eight years, aims to increase the percentage of undocumented immigrants who go to college. Often, young immigrants pass up the opportunity due to financial hardships.
“This is an injustice,” said Peralta. “It’s time to right this wrong, especially now, when New York is under attack from the White House. Amid this political climate, the state has become the front lines to protect New Yorkers. Making the DREAM a reality will cost the average taxpayer 87 cents, not even a dollar. This is an investment, since the average college graduate pays every year about $4,000 more in state taxes than New Yorkers without a college degree.”
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