Hawley opposes DREAM Act

Posted 26 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Press release, State Assemblyman Steve Hawley

(Editor’s note: The State Assembly passed a bill Tuesday to give financial aid to students whose parents are illegal aliens. The issue now goes to the State Senate.)

Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R-Batavia) voted against the DREAM Act on Tuesday, citing concerns that working-class families are disregarded in favor of illegal immigrants.

He noted the similarities between the DREAM Act and Gov. Cuomo’s plan to give a free college education to incarcerated felons. In both cases, lawbreakers would be receiving college tuition assistance and law-abiding families of students would be spending their life savings and borrowing to obtain an education, Hawley said.

He issued the following statement:

“The DREAM Act is wrong for the hard-working families of upstate New York who have played by the rules and are still burdened with crushing student loan debt. It’s particularly troubling to pass this exactly one week after the governor rolled out his ill-advised plan to give free college to convicts. Families who are trying to give their kids a better life need and deserve student aid and illegal immigrants and convicts do not.”