Contact: Razeen Zaman, 347-323-4521, razeen@
New York, NY. With only 19 days left in the legislative session, Senator Klein and other IDC members are keeping hostage the education of undocumented immigrant youth. Senator Klein and the other members of the Independent Democratic Caucus have raised concerns about the cost of providing state financial aid to undocumented youth through the New York DREAM Act. Yet according to a recent study by the Fiscal Policy Institute, the New York Dream Act would cost less than 87 cents to the median New York taxpayer – that is, less than the price of a donut! On Tuesday, May 14th, undocumented youth from the NYS Youth Leadership Council and supporters will present the 8 foot tall ’New York DREAM Act donut’ to Bronx residents as a visual representation of the low projected cost of the New York DREAM Act.
By delaying the passage of this bill, Senator Klein and the IDC group will leave another generation of thousands of high school seniors who will graduate next month with no hope of being able to afford college next year and no means to pursue college and develop professional careers.
According to the Fiscal Policy Institute, extending the Tuition Assistance Program to undocumented youth through the New York DREAM Act would cost approximately $17 million per year. Financed through state income taxes, it would cost 87 cents per year per median taxpayer – or less than the price of a single donut. Workers with college degrees pay an average of $3,900 more in state and local taxes annually than workers with just a high school diploma. The New York DREAM Act promises to be one of the state’s greatest money-makers.
The Youth Leadership Council and advocates for the bill will outline the cost analysis to Bronx residents on Tuesday afternoon in front of P.S.89.
Initially introduced in 2011, the New York Dream Act is a state proposal that has been garnering increasing support from legislators as well as a variety of organizations, businesses and educational institutions including CUNY, SUNY, NYU, Sarah Lawrence and Manhattanville colleges. However, due to the inaction of the Independent Democratic Caucus members and the Senate Republicans, the New DREAM Act has come to a stand-still. We call on Senator Klein and the other IDC members to act as leaders and promote the progressive agenda they promised New Yorkers they would pursue.
What: New York DREAM Act 8 foot tall donut and educational event: We will drop off an 8 foot donut built by undocumented youth as a visual representation of the low cost of the NY DREAM Act to Senator Klein
Who: New York State Youth Leadership Council and supporters
When: Tuesday, May 14 from 3pm-5pm
Where: In front of P.S. 89, 980 Mace Avenue, Bronx, New York, 10469
For media inquiries, please contact Razeen Zaman, 347-323-4521
The NYSYLC is a youth led organization that seeks to improve access to higher education and creating equal opportunity for immigrant youth and children of immigrants, regardless of immigration status through leadership development, organizing and advocacy.