Above: Protesters demanding passage of a financial
aid bill for illegal alien students in New York State.
by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
Legislators stunned the pundits this evening by defeating a $200 million taxpayer giveaway to illegal aliens students in New York’s Senate, which had the strong support of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The ‘DREAM Act’ — which was expected to pass — was defeated by a 30-29 vote in the state Senate just minutes ago in Albany.
The bill would have allowed college students in the country illegally to get state financial aid. The state Assembly passed the measure last month.
The measure included up to $200 million in the state budget to open up Tuition Assistance Program money for students at both public and private colleges. Senate Democrats had claimed the bill would “only” cost $25 million — but the number was exposed as grossly underestimated by New York’s Democrat Comptroller.
After the bill failed in the state Senate, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver issued a statement that read, in part, “The Senate’s refusal to pass this crucial measure is disappointing to me, but more importantly, it is blatantly unfair to the thousands of talented, ambitious young New Yorkers who are being denied a college education, simply because of their immigration status.”
Callers against taxpayer funds for illegal aliens were active, and may well have made this difference in this very close vote.
Also worthy of salute were patriotic (and these days, brave) legislators who stood against this giveaway for illegal aliens. One such legislator was Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) who rightly asked “where is the compassion for taxpaying, law-abiding immigrants and citizens” trying to afford their college cost: