On Wednesday, January 21st, Governor Cuomo announced in his State of the State address that he would include the New York State DREAM Act in his executive budget. This is the first time the NYS DREAM Act has been included in the executive budget.
The New York Immigration Coalition has been working with DREAMers, allies, and elected officials for over four years to make DREAM a reality. The New York State DREAM Act would allow undocumented college students who meet certain criteria to be eligible for state financial aid. New York would be the fifth state to do this. In 2014, the Senate failed to pass the New York State DREAM Act by only two votes.
But the fight isn't over. The DREAM Act is linked in the budget to a controversial education investment tax credit initiative - a linkage that we oppose. We'll also need to continue to keep pressure on the Governor and the Legislature to make sure that DREAM is included in the final budget on April 1st.
Here are some things you can do to help us make DREAM a reality:
• Join us on March 3rd for the New York Immigration Coalition's Immigrant Day of Action in Albany to tell our state electeds that New York State DREAM must be included in the final budget! For details, email Murad Awawdeh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Join the NYIC Immigration Advocacy Collaborative to get involved with the campaign. Please email Immigration Advocacy Manager Christina Chang at email@example.com for details.
• Call Governor Cuomo (518-474-8390) and your local legislator to ask them to make sure that DREAM stays in the budget!
• Donate to the NYIC to help us keep doing this work!