Salka: Our taxes, their free college
A statement by Assemblyman John Salka (R,C,Ref-Brookfield) on the passage of the DREAM Act:
“This is the focus the Assembly Democrats have in the capitol, free college for illegal aliens. Opening up the taxpayer wallet to pay for illegal aliens to go to college here and take even more resources that struggling upstate New Yorkers need is simply devastating. In 2017 the average student loan debt was $39,400. Our tax dollars should be focused on giving families who play by the rules relief, not using them as a piggy bank for a progressive utopia.”
Assemblyman John Salka represents the 121st Assembly District, encompassing all of Madison County and portions of Oneida and Otsego counties.
James issues statement on the passage of the state DREAM Act
In response to today’s passage of the Jose Peralta New York state DREAM Act in the State Legislature, Attorney General Letitia James released the following statement:
“Today is an important day for our immigrant communities, but also for New Yorkers who believe in equal access to education for all. Immigration status should never be a reason that an individual cannot pursue higher education and with the passage of the DREAM Act, we are getting one step closer to supporting thousands of students and families. I applaud the Legislature for acting swiftly to pass this critical measure that will truly change lives.”
Miller issues statement on legislature’s move to provide tuition assistance to illegal immigrants
A statement from Assemblyman Brian Miller (R,I,C,Ref-New Hartford)
“While I believe the motive behind the DREAM Act is noble – to expand access to higher education – I believe those who voted in favor of it have done a disservice to the citizens of New York state, especially those who are college-bound or currently paying student loans. This legislation allows the use of our tax dollars to provide college tuition assistance to illegal immigrants, while legal residents find themselves crushed under the weight of burdensome student loan debt.
“We talk about the American Dream and the right of so many to pursue it, but what about our residents? They have dreams too. Many cannot afford to buy a home, save for their children’s education, or simply make ends meet all because they can’t get out from under their student loans while also burdened by our state’s excessive taxes. I simply believe we should do more for our citizens as that is who we are here to serve. We haven’t gone far enough in cutting college costs for our citizens and that should have been the priority.”
Assemblyman Miller represents the 101st District consisting of parts of Delaware, Herkimer, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Sullivan and Ulster counties. For more information, visit Miller’s Official Website.