Dream Act loses in poll

State legislative leaders want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to tie the Dream Act to the state budget.
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Despite Democrats in Albany pushing for the Dream Act, a new poll found that a majority of New Yorkers do not share the legislators’ fantasy.

A Siena College poll released Monday shows that 56 percent of voters oppose the measure, which would authorize undocumented students who graduate from high school in New York to apply for college financial aid.

After sailing through the state Assembly, the bill came two votes shy of passing in the state Senate last week. Its proponents have since been urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to attach the bill to the state budget.

“Although it passed the Assembly and narrowly failed in the Senate, support for the Dream Act is actually down from last year when opposition was only nine points higher than support,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a press release.

Support fell along party lines, with a majority of Democrats backing the Dream Act, a stronger majority of independents opposing it and more than 80 percent of Republicans disapproving of the bill.

The Siena College poll found that a small majority of city voters support the legislation, while suburban and upstate residents did not.

White voters opposed the measure 2-1, while a majority of Latinos and blacks approved of it.

Posted 12:00 am, March 28, 2014
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gh from queens says:
Good! Why should these people or their children be rewarded? The parents knew exactly what was going to happen when you jump the border! None of your family should be rewarded for breaking the law!
March 28, 2014, 4:50 am
thank you from Queens says:
Thank you for upholding justice!
While some of these children were too young to know right from wrong, it is their parents who owe them an education, not the State of New York. Let the parents take their income earned with a stolen SSN and put them through school.
March 28, 2014, 12:34 pm
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
It is time to just drop this issue, the people have spoken. They do not feel that people who came to this country illegally (even though it was their parents in most cases) deserve to have the same benefits as those who are here legally.

You keep trying to push this issue,which is very unpopular with most people in the country, there will only be backlash against immigrants, especially those who came here illegally.

Sorry but it is just time to just drop this issue. Especially after 911.

The government dropped the ball big time years ago by letting so many illegal immigrants into this country and never handled it properly from the beginning

Written by a person whose family came here the legal way.
March 28, 2014, 3:33 pm

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