New York Dream Act Sparks Controversy

February 28, 2014 Updated Feb 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

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February 28, 2014 Updated Feb 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) The New York Dream Act has caused much controversy this week. If passed by Senate, the Dream Act would provide illegal immigrants access to tuition assistance programs like TAP.

Today, community members gathered at Buffalo State, urging Senate to pass the controversial bill.

“This is a no-brainer piece of legislation,” said Patty Ceravole, Coordinator at the New York Public Interest Research Group. “It is less about immigration and more about giving kids the chance to prove themselves like everyone else.”

For some, the idea of providing taxpayer money to fund a college education for illegal immigrants is a hard pill to swallow.

“Every program we add…there has to be someone who pays for that program,” said New York State Assemblyman Michael Kearns. “I did not support the legislation and I did not vote for the legislation. We have so many needs today and we're not even taking care of our current priorities.”

The New York Assembly passed the bill on Wednesday. The Dream Act needs approval by the Senate.

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