“New York has long been home to New Americans, from the days of Ellis Island to the vibrant diversity of cultural backgrounds that shapes New York City neighborhoods today. Our tradition of inclusivity towards immigrants is a huge part of what makes New York City great. I am proud that my colleagues in the Assembly and state Senate were finally able to continue this great tradition by passing the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act, named in honor of the late state Senator Jose Peralta who was a leader in advocating for DREAMers and whose legacy will live on through the thousands of students finally able to afford a college education.
“Education is an investment. Historically, New York State has invested in the education of all children regardless of citizenship status from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. As our economy becomes more dynamic, it has become increasingly clear that K-12 education is no longer sufficient to ensure dividends on our academic investment. The DREAM Act makes it easier for non-citizens to attend college - allowing New York to recuperate our investment in their education by better preparing them to participate in our economy.
“I am proud that after six consecutive years of the Assembly passing this bill, and one defeat in the state Senate in 2014, that we are able to finally send this bill to the Governor’s desk for his signature. The Assembly will continue to lead the way on progressive policies – including expanding college access and allowing the DMV to issue driver licenses to undocumented New Yorkers.”