ALBANY — Timothy Cardinal Dolan and the state’s Catholic bishops have come out strongly in favor of creating a state DREAM Act allowing state financial aid to go to the college kids of undocumented immigrants, reports the New York Daily News on February 10.*
“It’s one of our top priorities this year,” state Catholic Conference spokesman Dennis Poust said.
The Catholic Conference, a strong advocate for national immigration reform, views the DREAM Act legislation sponsored by Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) and Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Queens) as something the state can do in the interim.
“New York State, with its history of welcoming immigrants, should be at the forefront of these efforts to support immigrant populations who have contributed so much to the vitality of our state,” the conference said in a memo supporting the bill.
The state Assembly passed the measure last year and is expected to do so again soon. The Republicans who help control the Senate oppose the measure. And there are questions whether there is enough support in an election year for passage, even if the measure did make it to the Senate floor.
Do you need immigration or resettlement assistance, do you hope to go to college, have you been defrauded by an immigration practitioner?
Or do you need any other type of immigration help such as
- Reuniting with your family
- Obtaining proper work authorization
- Learning English and civics
- Preparing for citizenship exams.
Call the New York State New Americans Hotline at 800-566-7636.
Manned by Catholic Charities staff,
- We fielded more than 25,000 calls each year
- We make over 42,000 referrals to not-for-profit service providers
- We answer calls in over 100 languages
*Read the full story in The New York Daily News.