Youths, advocates tout DREAM Act

Youths and immigration-rights advocates from Wayne County traveled to Albany March 5 to call on legislators to pass the DREAM Act for students and to allow for all New Yorkers to obtain a driver’s license.

The group was part of the New York Immigration Coalition’s Action Day. The events for the day included two panel discussions and meetings with public officials in support of the coalition’s 2014 Immigrant Equality Agenda, according to a press release.

Part of that agenda is the DREAM Act, which would allow undocumented students who meet in-state tuition requirements to have access to state financial aid and scholarships for higher education. Requirements include graduation from high school or obtaining a GED, enrolling in a college or university within five years of graduation, and applying for citizenship as soon as students are able.

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