Overwhelming reaction to the "Dream Act", state Assembly plan to give tuition help to children of illegal immigrants

Updated: 02/28/2014 6:13 AM
Created: 02/27/2014 6:28 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

It's called the “Dream Act" and it is generating a huge conversation on our Facebook page. If you haven't heard, the “Dream Act” would give children of illegal immigrants in New York, the opportunity to get state aid to go to college in New York. It passed the state Assembly this week. 

Although, most of the viewers we have heard from are not happy with this proposal. There are some people who support it. They say it would give more people access to college who can then contribute to society which lowers the burden of living here on everyone. 

Nicole Muroski is a mother to three children and a dog. She went to SUNY Oswego and graduate school and says she is now saddled with more than $50,000 worth of student loan debt. She says her family didn't have a lot of money and she didn't get much assistance from the state. Now she hears about the “Dream Act” and reacts like this. 

Muroski said, “It is hard because I want to guide my kids the right way as I learned myself going to college. I want them to get help if they deserve the help as opposed to someone else who may not deserve it.”

Scott Forsyth, civil rights attorney, said, “Who says not being an American citizen is somehow a wrong, or a sin? They had no say on where their parents were going to take them. They were born in a foreign country, but being born in a foreign country again is not a wrong or a sin.”

The “Dream Act” would give undocumented teenagers access to state tuition assistance as long as they've been in a New York State high school for two years, graduate from a New York state high school and live in New York. 

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