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New York Passes DREAM Act

New York Passes DREAM Act by Laraine Schwartz

Our neighbor to the north (New York State) recently took steps to minimize the Trump administration’s disastrous immigration policies.

Both houses of New York’s legislature approved the DREAM Act, a state counterpart to the stalled federal legislation of the same name. By doing so, the legislature has made it possible for out-of-status residents to receive financial aid within the State University of New York system (my alma mater), which includes all community colleges in the state.

The newly elected majority in New York’s legislative bodies had the insight to see that society is better when all people have access to vital services like financial aid. They also had the courage to stand for ideals that are under attack, sometimes literally. I hope that New Jersey will follow New York’s example and extend protections to its own out-of-status residents who pay taxes but cannot access so many government services.    

Laraine E. Schwartz, Esq.
Winograd and Schwartz Attorneys at Law
www.winogradandschwartz.com
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