Mateo Tabares, an illegal immigrant not pleased with the defeat of the DREAM Act in the New York Senate last week, explains why it is so essential for himself and many other students in the country illegally to get their education financed by taxpayers.
He would have “to work 40 hours a week to pay tuition for only part-time classes, thus delaying his education.”
Via the Times Union:
Mateo Tabares and two dozen other students chanted “Education not deportation” and similar slogans Saturday morning as they rallied in support of the DREAM Act, a measure that would allow access to state financial aid for New York college students who are undocumented.
The bill likely would mean the difference between Tabares, an 18-year-old from Queens, being able to go to college full time or having to work 40 hours a week to pay tuition for only part-time classes, thus delaying his education, he said. Tabares was among a group of young people who traveled upstate to advocate for the DREAM Act during this weekend’s Somos El Futuro conference, a gathering of Latino lawmakers. The DREAM Act would benefit an estimated 8,000 students, proponents say.
Defeated in the state Senate on March 17 by a 30-29 vote — two short of the 32 needed for a majority — the bill is the subject of continuing negotiations. Supporters are pressuring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to include it in the state budget, which is due April 1.
Students, members of the state Senate and Assembly, labor leaders and others spoke at a news conference at the Empire State Plaza organized by Felix Ortiz, a Brooklyn Democrat who chairs the state Legislature’s Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force and is chairman of the Somos conference.
Tabares and all of the other illegal immigrants at this news conference you see, would have to finance their own education. Just like everybody else in the country. The legal ones, that is.
Of course, that’s what the Democrat party has become – the party of handouts.
Lawbreakers are really starting to rack up the benefits in New York these days. Aside from the push for tuition to illegal immigrants, Governor Cuomo is also looking for free college education for criminals, taxpayer funded Medicaid for ex-cons, and prisoners are being urged to sign up for free healthcare through Obamacare.