New York DREAM Act Defeated in State Senate by Long Island Delegation

Bitter defeat at the hands of Long Island delegation.
Bitter defeat at the hands of Long Island delegation.

The New York State Senate just rejected the New York DREAM Act. The razor close vote was 29 against and 30 in favor. The bill needed 32 to pass. Long Island’s State Senators, with the exception of the absent Phil Boyle, voted against the bill, insuring its defeat. While Long Islanders support a humane policy towards immigrants, many of our officials have not yet heard the news.

Some hope emerged today when Gov. Cuomo said that the DREAM Act was a priority. This may mean that a compromise version of the bill will be voted on later in the session. However, for now, the DREAM is deferred.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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