The proposed New York DREAM Act would allow unauthorized immigrants who’ve earned high school diplomas in New York state to apply for tuition assistance to attend state colleges and universities.
The documentary film profiles six hard-working young people who might benefit from the new law.
State law doesn’t not protect them from deportation, but it gives them the same right to attend public school as citizens and legal immigrants. The proposed law would give them an equal right to apply for financial aid.
An estimated 4,500 undocumented students graduate from New York high schools each year. An estimated 90 to 95 percent of them do not pursue higher education.
These young men and women, although not legally authorized to be in the United States, can’t help being here. Most of them know no other home than the United States.
It would be cruel to drive them out of the only land they know, and cruel to keep them here as second-class citizens.
So I favor the proposed law. I would like to see it be part of a movement that makes higher education more affordable to all.
The New York State DREAM Act by the New York State Comptroller (2013)
New York Dream Act Information Sheet by the New York Youth Leadership Council.