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Immigration rights groups to keep up the fight for the NY Dream Act

KINGSTON – The State Senate’s rejection of the New York Dream Act does not mean it is a dead issue, according to Hudson Valley immigration rights advocates.

The bill would allow undocumented students to access state financial aid for college tuition.

Emma Kreyche, organizer and advocacy coordinator for the Kingston-based Worker Justice Center of New York, said that does not necessarily mean the proposal is lost.

“We are hopeful that Governor Cuomo and the Senate Democrats push for this measure to be included in the budget in April,” Kreyche said.  “There is still hope and we are going to keep fighting to make sure the provisions for the Dream Act are included in the budget.”

The Senate vote against the Dream Act was 29 to 30.

The immigrant right groups said they are “tremendously disappointed” by the Senate’s failure to adopt the measure.