Westchester County Executive and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said he would not support using state money to help immigrants who are in the country illegally pay for college.
“If Governor Cuomo really, truly wanted the Dream Act to go through, he would have found a way — like he has done with other big bills that were important to him,” Astorino told reporters today.
Astorino said he’s torn over the issue. He supports helping immigrants attend college, but he doesn’t want to use taxpayer money for it.
He said as governor he would work to create a privately-financing fund to provide aid to immigrant students.
“I think this is an issue that in my heart I understand it and want these kids to be educated, no matter what rung on the economic ladder they are on,” Astorino said. “Having said that, this can’t be handled state by state with different policies because the federal government has been a disaster on this issue. Immigration reform is absolutely necessary.”
He said he supports a “Dream Fund.”
“I would lead the way as governor. I would help raise the money for something like that,” Astorino said, but as for using state money: “I don’t think state funds. First of all, we’re already in a bad situation with our budgets.”
Here’s Astorino’s Q and A with reporters: