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In the midst of a national debate on immigration, the New York state Assembly this week passed a bill to give children of undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for college.

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Advocates for DACA recipients, DREAMers, rallied in Albany today —  one day after the state Assembly passed "The DREAM Act" for the eighth year in a row.

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There's a bright future ahead for Albany County according to County Executive Dan McCoy, who gave his annual State of the County Address last night.

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People brought to the U.S. when they were children, known as Dreamers, have found themselves caught up in the latest political debate in Washington. DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is scheduled to expire in March if lawmakers don’t extend it.

Activists rally outside Congressman John Faso's Kinderhook office.
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Nine people were arrested Monday during a pro-DREAMer demonstration at Congressman John Faso’s Kinderhook office. 

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U.S. Representative John Faso

Pro "dreamer" activist groups throughout congressional district 19 are rallying today  outside congressman Jon Faso’s Kinderhook office to demand a clean DREAM Act before the holidays.

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Supporters of the DREAM Act held a national day of action on Wednesday. Advocates rallied in Washington D.C. while other, smaller demonstrations in support of immigrants brought to the United States as children went on in communities across the country. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one such gathering in Saratoga Springs.

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The DREAM Act has once again passed the state Assembly in Albany. But once again the measure's future in the state Senate is uncertain. Supporters of the DREAM Act, which would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to receive college tuition assistance from the state, are more optimistic this year of the bill making it to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's desk. Steven Choi, the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, is in Albany today for a rally and lobbying.

Speaker Heastie Makes Dream Act Top Priority

Feb 26, 2015
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
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Newly elected New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made clear one of his top priorities in his first news conference, where he called for passage of the Dream Act, which would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants.

The DREAM Act, legislation that would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to legally remain in the United States and gain resident status, has been introduced into both house of congress various times in various forms since 2001. It has yet to pass, or even be voted on in the senate. President Obama has put some aspects of the act into effect with executive orders, but there are students around the country who still hope the full act will someday become law.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll hear from a potential "Dreamer".

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has renewed his push to increase the minimum wage and pass the Dream Act as lawmakers work toward adjournment.

Silver told reporters Wednesday the two measures are top priorities :  the minimum wage proposal would raise the wage to $10.10 per hour and allow cities like New York to impose a local minimum wage  up to 30 percent higher.

The Dream Act would extend financial aid to students who are in the country illegally.

DREAM Act Supporters Vow To Fight On

Mar 18, 2014
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Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up” when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the New York State Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote. The focus is now shifting to Governor Cuomo. Backers say they will try to get the governor to put the measure into the state budget.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the U.S. sanctions in response to Crimea's succession to Russia and the defeated DREAM Act.

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New York Assembly Democrats were passing a one house version of the DREAM Act on Tuesday, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit.

With the legislative session in Albany charging forward, a pair of funding plans are under the microscope.

As New York State budget talks reach their final days, and perhaps even hours,  a group of Hispanic lawmakers is pushing for the inclusion of the Dream Act in the budget, It would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants who were born in the country.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Support is building in New York for a "DREAM Act" that would provide financial aid and other assistance to college-bound illegal immigrants in the state.

The proposal is being pushed by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Republicans who share control of the state Senate are interested in discussing the bill.

Undocumented youths across the country are seeking to bring attention to Congressional candidates who oppose the DREAM Act. WAMC’s Lucas Willard reports…

The DRM Action Coalition hosted a conference call this week where young undocumented activists announced the candidates they wish to bring attention to for their opposition to the DREAM Act. In 2010, the House of Representatives passed the original DREAM Act, but the bill was filibustered in the Senate. Now, ahead of the upcoming election, young DREAMers are speaking out.