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the bill would provide free tuition, room and board for dependent family members of military personnel killed while performing official military duties. Eligible participants could attend either the State University of New York or City University of New York free of charge.
Glick said any expansion of college tuition aid to Gold Star families was not within the state's budget and pointed to an already-existing program that provides $2.7 million to 145 students who are dependents of vets who served in combat zones, the New York Post reported.
“Assemblywoman Glick should be ashamed of herself,” said State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-Niagara. “We set aside $27 million dollars for college for people that are here illegally… Apparently, $2.7 million is all that the families of soldiers who are killed, get. If you’re a child of a fallen soldier, you do not rank as high and you know that by the money.”
Fiscal implications of the bill are yet to be determined, according to the New York legislature’s website, but Hawley said an assemblywoman estimated it would cost up to $200,000. However, the assemblyman reasoned the cost was irrelevant.
“With a $176 billion budget, regardless of what the cost is to make our family members of veterans, who have given the ultimate sacrifice defending our country and way of life, [have free tuition], I don’t think it’s a dollar and cents matter at all,” Hawley said. “I think it’s a matter of philosophy. I think it’s a matter of doing the right thing.”
NY Lawmakers Approve $27M Tuition Aid To Illegals
The bill includes a timeline for implementation: 90 days after it’s signed into law, applications are supposed to be made available to students. But what those applications should look like is not specified, beyond requiring an affidavit from undocumented students stating that they’ve filed or plan to file an application to become legal residents.
The details will be up to the president of the state’s Higher Education Services Corporation, in consultation with State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. Andrea Ortiz, manager of education policy at New York Immigration Coalition, an immigration advocacy group, said she hopes the officials consult with coalitions and groups that are familiar with immigrants’ concerns.
Applications should be easy to read and fill out, and should not ask undocumented families for information that could make them uncomfortable, Ortiz said. And the school personnel who will be tasked with helping students to complete them must be trained in the intricacies of working with undocumented students.
originally posted by: FamCore
a reply to: shawmanfromny
Well, this is the same state CONgresswoman AOC is from... this is completely out of control. NY and CA are 2 prime examples of lawmakers virtue signaling and trying to change the laws in favor of illegals, at the expense of law-abiding citizens. It's disgusting
originally posted by: watchitburn
The leftists have become an embarrassment to America.