Establishes the New York state dream act, providing certain people with access to state-, city-, town-, and/or village-funded financial aid programs.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the New York dream act providing certain benefits to undocumented immigrants that satisfy certain criteria
PURPOSE: To provide access to state, city, town and/or village-funded financial aid programs, including, but not limited to grants, loans and scholarships.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The Executive law is amended by adding a new section 101. This legislation will allow undocumented young adults who entered into the country before the age of 18, have lived in New York State for a minimum of 2 years, are under the age of 35, and have demonstrated a commitment to education and good moral character to have access to financial aid opportunities within the state.
JUSTIFICATION: Despite an unprecedented year of action and escalation taken by undocumented youth, the United States Congress failed to pass the DREAM Act in 2010. This has left undocumented youth in NY without any form or relief. It is now up to the State of NY to provide dignity and recognition for these promising and deserving young people.
As a state with one of the largest immigrant populations, NY should be at the forefront of progressive immigration policies, pushing back on the tide of national and local anti-immigrant policies. The NY Dream Act will respect the dignity and contributions of undocumented youth in the state by giving them access to state financial aid programs.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 03/22/11 REFERRED TO FINANCE
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after is shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal if any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4179--A 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 22, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sens. PERKINS, ADAMS, BRESLIN, DIAZ, DILAN, DUANE, ESPAIL- LAT, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HUNTLEY, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, OPPENHEIMER, PARKER, PERALTA, SERRANO, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the New York dream act providing certain benefits to undocumented immigrants that satisfy certain criteria THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New York dream act". S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 101 to read as follows: S 101. NEW YORK DREAM ACT. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT, A DREAM ACT, WHEREBY UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WHO SATISFY THE REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION SHALL QUALI- FY FOR THE BENEFITS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION. 2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM: A. "ELIGIBLE PERSON" SHALL MEAN ANY INDIVIDUAL THAT MEETS THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION. B. "UNDOCUMENTED" SHALL MEAN A NON-NATURALIZED IMMIGRANT. 3. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS UNDER SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION, AN INDIVIDUAL SHALL: A. HAVE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL WITH A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR ITS EQUIVALENT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO A GED; B. HAVE ENTERED THE UNITED STATES BEFORE THE AGE OF SIXTEEN; C. BE UNDER THE AGE OF THIRTY-FIVE; D. NOT HAVE BEEN CONVICTED IN THIS STATE OR ANY OTHER STATE OR TERRI- TORY OF A FELONY; ANDEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10420-06-1 S. 4179--A 2
E. HAVE RESIDED IN NEW YORK STATE FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION. 4. ANY ELIGIBLE PERSON SHALL HAVE ACCESS TO STATE-, CITY-, TOWN- AND/OR VILLAGE-FUNDED FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO GRANTS, LOANS AND SCHOLARSHIPS. 5. THE SECRETARY SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO EFFECT THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION AND TO FURTHER DEFINE THE REQUIREMENTS AND BENEFITS OF THIS SECTION. S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate- ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such effective date.