Activists, students wishing for Dream Act support

BRENTWOOD - Community activists and college students are dreaming about support for a state law aimed at education assistance. The Dream Act is structured to help the children of immigrants access state aid for college tuition. Many Long Islanders whose parents are undocumented citizens say they are unfairly ineligible for financial aid. "It is so stressful having to think, 'How am I going to have money for school? If I'm going to have enough money next semester, if I'm going to still be in school next semester,'" says graduate student Jackeline, an undocumented resident since her family left Peru in 1999. State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-3rd District) opposes the policy, saying aid should not be handed out at the expense of immigrants residing legally. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) did not fund the Dream Act in his budget, so activists are trying to secure support in the Senate and Assembly to force a vote. To hear an interview with a Dream Act rally organizer in Brentwood, click on iO Extra on Channel 612.State lawmakers consider implementing DREAM Act

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