Assemblyman Ramos Continues Fighting to Put College Within Reach for ‘Dreamers’
“Since our nation’s founding, New York has stood as testament to inclusion, beckoning immigrants from near and far. Passing the New York State Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to give the children of immigrants greater access to higher education builds on this legacy (A.9605). Kids who were brought here when they were too young to have a say should have the same opportunities their peers have.
“No matter what one’s opinion is about an adult who chooses to enter our country without documents, in search of a better life for their families, the child did not take part in that decision. This is the only home they’ve ever known – they are New Yorkers, and they are the embodiment of the grit and hard work that sets our state apart. We cannot turn our backs on them once they graduate high school. Not allowing them access to the same tuition assistance programs as their peers is short-sighted and cruel. These kids have an important role to play in New York’s future, and they deserve every chance to live up to their full potential.”