NY Governor Cuomo wants to give free college tuition to “dreamers” aka illegals
New York Governor Cuomo wants to give free tuition to dreamers (illegals) to attend state colleges.
Cuomo hid a plan in his $168 billion budget plan that would amend state education law to make the undocumented students eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship program, which covers tuition costs for students from families with incomes of up to $125,000.
Cuomo also indicated that the state would also continue to provide Medicaid to illegals regardless of federal changes in the DACA program.
Republicans in the NY Senate said they will not go along with the plans.
“We don’t support giving free college tuition to people who are here illegally,” said Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reiff.
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Federal immigration officials have cracked down on sanctuary cities and have threatened to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities and the sanctuary State of California. Last fall ICE cracked down on illegals in New York City prompting Brooklyn’s Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez to respond.
“It is outrageous that ICE is using courts to round up immigrants, a tactic that sends a chilling effect, undermines public safety and subverts due process,” Gonzalez said, calling courthouses “sensitive” areas, much like schools, hospitals and churches, where ICE does not operate.
The DOJ has continued the crackdown on sanctuary cities this week. The department sent letters to 23 states, cities and counties, including California, Los Angeles and Chicago, demanding records showing whether law enforcement officers are sharing information with federal agents on the immigration status of people in their custody.
For Cuomo to offer free tuition to illegals is a slap in the face to every New Yorker and the United States. There are certainly very worthy students with less income than $125,000 as a family in New York that are worthy of such assistance. What Socialist like Cuomo and his supporters never realize is that nothing is ever free. Someone has to pay for the free tuition that Cuomo is offering and Socialist Bernie Sanders offered in his Presidential run.
With Cuomo’s offer of free tuition the DOJ should now cut off federal assistance to New York city and double down on deportations from the city. It is time to fully enforce federal immigration laws.