Ever since Congress voted down the National Dream Act something that was so ridiculous that it had no logical explanation except that it was stupidity on the part of every Senator & Congressman that voted against it.
The children of undocumented workers that came to this country when they were babies and toddlers and grew up here no of no other country than this one. Many of them did not even know that they were not American citizens until it was time to go to college when they could not apply for financial aide.
How could anyone be against giving citizenship to young men and women that have grown up in this country, never been in trouble with the law, are all in school, graduated from college, working and ready to serve in the armed forces? HELLO, wake me up if that is not one hell of a group that we want to have as citizens. OK, it did not pass through Congress, but here in New York we have the opportunity to do something and set the stage for the rest of the country. Congratulations to all who have been working to get this far. No Lo Deje Caer!
Historic Step: NEW YORK DREAM ACT HAS BEEN INTRODUCED!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Contact: Daniela Alulema 646-472-9565
New York, N.Y. The New York State Youth Leadership Council is proud and pleased to announce that today undocumented youth have prevailed. After the defeat of the federal version of the DREAM Act, which would have provided a path for citizenship to undocumented youth, the NYSYLC started an aggressive campaign to introduce and gather support for the first ever state version of the bill. Yesterday, State Senator Bill Perkins (D-Manhattan) introduced the New York DREAM Act (S. 4179), co-sponsored by State Senator Dan Squadron (D-Brooklyn). This bill would provide benefits to New York undocumented youth who meet certain criteria. The benefits include access to financial aid for higher education, access to driver’s licenses, work authorization and access to health care. In order to qualify for these benefits, the young person must have arrived to the United States before the age of 16, be under the age of 35, have resided in New York State for at least two years, have obtained a high school diploma or GED equivalent from an American institution and have good moral character.
NYSYLC members welcomed the news with open arms and renewed their commitment to fight for their dreams. The New York DREAM Act will help undocumented youth achieve their educational and professional goals, and allow them to contribute to their communities. This is the first pro-immigrant bill that has been introduced in the state this year, and would provide much needed relief to immigrant communities.
What: Press conference on the New York DREAM Act
Where: NYSYLC office – 220 Fifth Ave, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001
When: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 2.00pm
Why: The New York DREAM Act will provide access to undocumented youth to accomplish their dreams and contribute back to their communities
For media inquiries, please contact Daniela at 646-472-9565