Today marks a very exciting day for Dreamers, their families, friends and DREAM advocates. After many years of organizing, we managed to get the NYS DREAM Act to pass in the New York State Assembly! We want to take a moment to celebrate this important victory and reflect on the hard work it took to get us here.
We have been organizing with undocumented young people for years on Long Island, long before the state bill even had a bill number, let alone a chance of passing. We’ve been coordinating workshops on how to apply to college if a student is undocumented, and how deferred action has shifted the playing field. We organized the Long Island Coalition for the DREAM Act, took two buses up to Albany tolobby, and have held numerous rallies and press conferences in support of the bill. And finally, the Assembly followed their conscience and passed the bill. While this victory is HUGE, we have not yet won.
Many in the NY Senate, including all of our nine Long Island senators, have remained silent on the DREAM, or have expressed opposition. With only 15 days left in session, we must continue to demand that our senators do the right thing by passing the NY DREAM Act so that all young people have a chance at getting a college education.
Please call your senator today and tell them that the Assembly passed the DREAM Act and they should too! Our young people cannot wait another day at the hands of their inaction.
Thank you to the Long Island DREAM Act Coalition, all of Long Island’s Dreamers, community leaders and supporters for all of your dedication, support, and hard work. Let’s keep the pressure hot!