Just-Passed NY DREAM Act Opens College Opportunities for Immigrant Children

Posted on January 25, 2019 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Designed to also Improve NY State Economy

New York lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday slated to provide college opportunities for “Dreamer” youth while improving the economy of New York State.

Called the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act and expected to be signed into law soon by Governor Cuomo, it will allow undocumented children who are already students in New York State, also knows as “Dreamers,” to:

  • Qualify for state aid for higher education
  • Create a college scholarship “Dream Fund”
  • Remove barriers that prevent undocumented families from college saving programs

“Allowing undocumented youths to access financial assistance will enable them to earn degrees, access highly skilled employment and support their local economies across New York State,” Senate representatives said.

Catholic Charities provides legal consultations, representation and assistance to documented and undocumented newcomers of all nationalities, ethnicities and religions, including DREAMERS and those eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA.)

“Catholic Charities remains steadfast in our solidary with “Dreamers,” says Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan.

Sign up for Catholic Charities next upcoming immigration legal services information session and free legal clinic for all and application assistance for DACA renewal, green card renewal and citizenship.

To learn more about Catholic Charities free and low-cost immigration services, please visit our, "Welcoming & Integrating Immigrants & Refugees," page.