New York ‘DREAMer’: Help me become a lawyer


New York “DREAMers” are thanking Assembly Democrats Friday, because the conference plans to propose $25 million to help immigrant students attend college.

The Assembly’s one-house budget proposal is expected shortly, and Democrats’ spokesman Mike Whyland said the conference wants to allow undocumented immigrants to have access to TAP, a state tuition assistance program.

“As A DREAMer from New York whose dream is to attend college and accomplish my goal of one day becoming a lawyer, I am thrilled to hear that the New York State Assembly is including the DREAM Act in the budget,” said Katherine Tabares, a Colombian immigrant, in a statement Friday.

“Even though I was in the top ten of my graduating class with a 3.9 GPA, I was not able to obtain a scholarship that will finance my college career. In the fall of 2013, I will be transferring to Hunter College. However, due to my immigration status, there is no funding offered by the state government for me to continue my higher education journey,” Tabares continued. “This is why the Tuition Assistance Program must also be offered to undocumented students through the NYS Dream Act bill.

“I look forward to working with Governor Cuomo, Senators Skelos, Klein, and Peralta to make sure that the Senate does its part and puts the DREAM Act in their budget as well,” she finished.

Photo: New York State Leadership Council


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