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State Assembly passes DREAM

Bill would create private education fund for illegal immigrant students

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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:00 pm

The New York State Assembly on April 30 passed the DREAM Fund, a bill that would create a privately funded scholarship pool for undocumented students, in short. But these things are never short.

In depth, what the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Fund bill hopes to do, if passed through the Republican-dominated state Senate, is to set up a commission. The 12-member commission — which would include men and women of several racial, ethnic and language backgrounds — would raise private funds for kids wanting to go to college.

“This is a critical step towards ending the discrimination against children of immigrants that is currently drawing nationwide attention,”Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) said.

The fund will provide family tuition accounts to anyone with a valid taxpayer identification number. If the bill is made into law, the commission will decide what makes someone qualified for the funding, according to a spokesman for Moya.

Family tuition accounts were approved in 2002. These accounts are invested and monitored by the state comptroller.

This bill is different from the DREAM Act, which would provide conditional permanent residency to any undocumented resident who has a clean record, and who graduated high school, arrived in the states as a minor and has lived in the states for at least five year.

The act failed in 2009, but was reintroduced in 2011, but no legislative action has been taken.

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