Dear Commons Community,
The Daily News is reporting that the New York State Assembly yesterday voted 136 to 3 to create a privately financed scholarship fund to help the children of immigrants pay college tuitions.
“This is a historic piece of legislation that will allow these children the opportunity to get money to go to college,” said Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Queens), the bill’s primary sponsor.
“This will open up a pathway for those students who can’t afford a (college education),” Moya added.
The measure now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate, where it faces an uncertain future.
“We are reviewing it,” said Scott Reif, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau).
Moya and other supporters described the bill as an important first step toward the controversial DREAM Act, which would authorize government-funded tuition assistance to the children of undocumented immigrants.