Support the New York DREAM Act in Albany on March 14


Support is building for the New York DREAM Act, a bill would make all immigrants eligible for state tuition assistance for college regardless of immigration status. A mass rally and lobby day for the DREAM Act will be held on March 14 in Albany. So far, 1,200 people have RSVPed that they’ll be heading up there.

Osman Canales at the Long island Immigrant Students Association says that if you want to come up on his group’s bus, the cost is only $15. Click here to access the registration form for the trip or call Osman at 631-888-4300. Their bus is leaving at 6:30am from Brentwood.

The good organizing work around the bill is already winning support around Long Island. Six members of the Assembly from Long Island have already become co-sponsors of the legislation:

Michelle Schimel, Great Neck

Fred W. Thiele, Jr., Bridgehampton

Earlene Hooper, Hempstead

Charles Lavine, Glen Cove

Michael Montesano, Glen Head

Phillip Ramos, Central Islip

It is important that we support these courageous young people trying to learn. They need to see that we all stand with them. Equally important, we must demonstrate that New York is not Alabama, that we value the undocumented student and that we insist that the federal government provide a pathway out of the hell of undocumented status.

Ask your organization, house of worship, union, or local elected officials to support the New York State DREAM Act.

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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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