Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities New York, along with other faith, labor and civic leaders, joined the Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, and the State Education Department Commissioner to announce the vote by the Regents to support extension of the state’s Tuition Assistance Program to all students, regardless of immigration status.
“Congratulations to the Board of Regents for moving NYS one step closer to affording young immigrants greater opportunities for higher education,” applauded Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. “Providing opportunities to young people brought here by no fault or action of their own, is one specific step NY can take to ensure newcomers to our state are well prepared for the future. NYS Dreamers have talents that we must help develop – for they will be the future talents of this country, the only one they know and call home. As we continue to work together for comprehensive immigration reform, there are significant specific administrative and legislative initiatives that can be tackled by federal, state and local governments. We need to work together to achieve these.”