NY Lawmakers Pass A Bill To Help Children Of Undocumented Immigrants Pay For College

On Tuesday, the New York Assembly voted 136-3 to pass a bill that creates privately funded scholarships to help the children of undocumented immigrants. The measure is seen as the first step toward passing a state DREAM Act in New York, which has never passed the state Assembly or Senate. Now, it heads to the GOP-controlled state Senate, where its future is uncertain. The legislation would set up the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors — or DREAM — Fund Commission to solicit donations, and advocates praised it as a strong first step to help immigrant children. “Hopefully one day we are going to have the DREAM Act but this is the first step that we are making,” said 16-year-old Katherine Tabares, who hopes to study environmental engineering in college.