Errigo: Assembly’s Dream Act Encourages Illegal Immigration
Assemblyman Joseph A. Errigo (R,C,I,Ref-Conesus) responded with criticism to the Assembly’s planned vote on their version of the Dream Act today. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or “Dream Act,” is a federal legislative proposal that would grant conditional residency and eventual permanent residency to those who were brought to this country illegally by their parents. While the Assembly’s bill would not address residency status it would extend legal protections to these individuals while making college assistance available to prospective students.
“It is frankly sad that The Assembly Majority has again chosen to accommodate and extend every courtesy to those who are breaking the law and living here illegally,” said Errigo. “When we allow this to continue, we encourage more people who have not been vetted properly to enter our country illegally and then exploit our broken immigration system to acquire government resources reserved for tax paying citizens. We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws, and it is time we stop making those who have chosen to break the law a priority over those living here legally and those following the law to become citizens.”