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Albany’s Dreamers Act puts illegal immigrants before New York citizens

By Hugolas_Madurez following x   2019 Apr 14, 3:50pm 237 views   0 comments   watch   nsfw   quote     share    

The next time you pay your student loan, write a tuition check or contribute to your children’s college fund, know that New York Assembly Democrats and Gov. Cuomo are pushing to give free college tuition to illegal immigrants. Only feckless Senate Republicans, whose string of capitulations to Democrats is too long to list, stand in their way.

Illegal immigrants already get taxpayer-subsidized in-state tuition. The so-called Dream Act proposal, which just passed the Assembly, would make illegal immigrants eligible for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program and the Excelsior Scholarship, known colloquially as Cuomo’s free-college program.

In 2010, New York state decided it could no longer afford to give TAP to New Yorkers seeking a master’s degree. Now, however, the governor and Assembly Democrats have determined that a bachelor’s degree for illegal immigrants is a higher priority than a master’s degree for a citizen. Despite a $4 billion shortfall, the governor’s budget proposal includes millions for illegal immigrants to go to college on the taxpayer.

TAP and Excelsior don’t cover fees, books or room and board. However, the Dream fund, a pot of privately donated money publicly subsidized through tax deductions, gives college assistance only to those who have at least one parent who is an immigrant. Thus an illegal immigrant can get free tuition plus expenses paid from a subsidized fund for which a student with two American parents isn’t even eligible. This is a taxpayer-funded codification of discrimination against Americans.

Don’t believe that 2-year-olds brought here illegally by their parents who have lived in the United States most of their lives are the only ones who will benefit from this program. During the Assembly debate on this legislation, the sponsor admitted that a 19-year-old, for example, could sneak into the country, make his way to New York, wait 30 days, get a GED and qualify for TAP or Excelsior.

There’s also no prohibition on illegal-immigrant felons availing themselves of taxpayer-funded college.

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