Commends State Assembly for passing the DREAM Act and Calls upon the State Senate to bring to a vote
NEW YORK – Today Council Member Mark Levine (D - 7th district) celebrates Dominican Independence Day and the broader Dominican Heritage Month at Alianza Dominicana alongside community leaders and other elected officials. This year’s celebration also coincides with the passage of the New York State Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act (A.2597-A) in the New York State Assembly with an 82 - 46 vote.
“It is long past time to open the path for children of immigrants to access higher education. As we come together to celebrate Dominican heritage, I commend the New York State Assembly for once again passing the Dream Act, and call upon Dean Skelos to bring this vital piece of legislation to a vote in the New York State Senate,” said Council Member Mark Levine. “As I stand alongside my Latino colleagues, I am reminded of how far our city and state has come and am thrilled to know that there are no limits to what it can accomplish when we work together.”
Passage of the DREAM Act would make New York one of six states to offer state financial assistance, such as scholarships and programs, including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to children of undocumented immigrants. The legislation requires that students eligible for state aid to have attended high school in New York state for at least two years and have graduated or received a GED in-state and access to the New York State College Tuition Savings (529) Program allowing undocumented families to save for college.