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What youre creating is a group of individuals that are educated, that are gonna enter the working class. Its not welfare.

Hundreds rally for NYS "Dream" act

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Hundreds of people gathered for a rally outside the state Capitol yesterday, pushing for legislation to help undocumented immigrants go to college. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail.

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“Si, se puede! Si se puede!”

New York's DREAM Act would help young people who were brought into the country illegally by their families have access to the state”s Tuition Assistance Program (or TAP).

20-year-old Yelky Ramos is an undocumented immigrant who spoke at the rally. When she came from the Dominican Republic to Queens at a teenager, she spoke no English, but managed to graduate as the valedictorian at her high school.

“Honestly," she said, "what you're creating with the DREAM ACT is a group of individuals that are educated, that are going for jobs, that are gonna enter the working class. It”s not welfare.”

Advocates also cited a new report, from the labor-backed Fiscal Policy Institute, which found that extending TAP aid to undocumented immigrants would only increase its overall cost by two percent.

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