Democratic Senators are pushing to include the DREAM Act and DREAM Fund legislation in the budget in order to help the children of immigrants pay for higher education, but they have gained little traction.
The Assembly included $25 million for an immigrants’ college fund in its budget proposal, but the Republican-controlled chamber left the item out. Sen. Adriano Espaillat said he was “optimistic” Gov. Andrew Cuomo would help pass immigration reform. “I think that it requires a push from the second floor, a leadership shown by the governor that this is a good thing for New York State,” he said.
State Sen. Jose Peralta called the funding “a drop in the bucket” and voted against the Senate’s resolution on Monday because of the omission.
State Sen. Martin Dilan criticized Senate leaders for not taking the bill seriously. “If they’re serious, stop playing games, get it into the budget, just get it done,” Dilan said. “It’s very frustrating to work here and see these games happen day after day.”
A Cuomo spokesman said the governor supports the federal DREAM Act and that he is reviewing several proposals.