Immigrant youth launch action week aimed at passage of New York DREAM Act
Everybody knows that dreamers never give up.
And that’s true for the young, undocumented immigrant Dreamers who for 10 years have fought for the opportunity to get an education.
Tomorrow a group of them from our city are launching a week of action to raise awareness about the New York DREAM Act. These gifted young people will travel to Albany to lobby lawmakers for passage of the bill introduced in the legislature granting undocumented students access to state financial aid.
“Every year thousands of undocumented youth graduate from New York high schools and face an uncertain future because of their immigration status,” says the New York State Leadership Council, the main group behind the week of actions. “For years the federal government has failed our communities by refusing to pass the DREAM Act. It’s time for New York State to act and pass the New York DREAM Act.”
The action week is stepping off on the right foot. Last Thursday the legislation received the endorsement of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. In her State of the City address Quinn urged Albany to pass the act.
“[We celebrate her commitment to] support the passage of the New York State DREAM legislation that will open the path to higher education for all New York youth, including undocumented students,” said Ana María Archila, co-executive director of Make the Road New York, a grass roots group and strong supporter on immigrant youth.
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