Tags: Immigration | immigration | tuition | college | New York

New York State Senate Kills Tuition Aid for Illegal Immigrants

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 07:17 AM

By Elliot Jager

The New York State Senate failed on Monday to pass a bill approved by the Assembly that would have provided illegal immigrants with college tuition assistance, The New York Times reported.

The New York Senate is controlled by Republicans in collaboration with the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, which is aligned with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The governor was unenthusiastic about the bill though had been expected to sign it if it passed the Senate. State Sen. Jeffrey Klein, leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, had been under liberal pressure to allow a vote. In general, only measures assured of passage are acted upon by the state's upper chamber.

With Klein voting in favor, the bill garnered 30 votes, with 29 opposed. Thirty-two votes were needed to pass the legislation.

Latino immigration advocates complained that the vote was called unexpectedly and that at least one senator who might have supported the bill was not present.

In defending his rejection of tuition aid to undocumented immigrants, Buffalo Republican Sen. Mark Grisanti said he was mindful that many "legal families are struggling with the high cost of college education right now."

Illegal immigrants who can prove New York state residency are eligible for lower in-state tuition rates.

The Democratic-controlled State Assembly had passed the aid bill in February and challenged the Senate to act on the legislation, The Oneida Daily Dispatch reported.

At the time, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, "These are children who are here. They are here not so much by their own choice, they are here. They know no other country, in most instances, and they should be treated like every other student that we have in our schools today. That's the issue here."

Only California, New Mexico, Texas, and Washington grant state financial aid to undocumented immigrants, the Times reported.

Related Stories:


© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

NBC News Renews Savannah Guthrie's Contract At 'Today' - Report

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 22:41 PM

NBC News has signed Today co-anchor Savannah Guthrie to a new contract that is said to last at least three years, acco . . .

'Birdman' Tops SAG Awards, Redmayne Upsets Keaton

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 22:05 PM

The backstage farce "Birdman" topped the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Award, winning best ensemble cast, even though  . . .

Blizzard Expected for 250-mile Stretch of Northeast

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 17:20 PM

A potentially historic storm could dump 2 to 3 feet of snow from northern New Jersey to southern Maine starting Monday . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved