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Dream Act on clear path to becoming NY state law

January 23, 2019 07:28 PM

ALBANY - It was a monumental day for Dreamers in Albany on Wednesday. The Jose Peralta New York State Dream Act passed the New York State Senate and Assembly. Gov. Cuomo said he would sign the measure.

The bill would extend state financial aid to students brought into the country illegally as children.

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The governor included the Dream Act in his recent budget proposal, making it a priority for the first 100 days, but there will be pressure to sign it right away.

The bill had been blocked by Senate Republicans for years but gained new momentum this year when Democrats took control of the chamber.

To be eligible, a student must be a New York high school graduate. The bill is expected to cost $27 million.

Democrats said it's wrong to deny educational opportunities to New York children because of where they were born.

Republicans opposed the bill, saying it's unfair to taxpayers and immigrants who entered the country legally.

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Jill Konopka & AP

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