Democrats in Albany Propose Giving Illegal Immigrants Access to Aid for College

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Responding to more than two years of lobbying by immigrants’ advocates, the Democratic majority in the New York State Assembly threw its support on Wednesday behind a comprehensive bill that would make state financial aid available to illegal immigrants at colleges and universities.

The bill would open up several state tuition-assistance programs to illegal immigrants and create a private scholarship fund to help pay for their higher education.

Elements of the legislation had been proposed in piecemeal in past legislative sessions but had not become law. As a result, immigrants’ advocates stepped up their campaign for a more comprehensive and streamlined strategy, centered on a single measure with several provisions.

The Democrats introduced the bill as the immigration debate shifts to the top of the national agenda.

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