Undocumented immigrant youth, faith, labor (including Barbara Bowen from the PSC), and civic leaders joined Merryl H. Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, and State Education Department Commissioner John B. King, Jr., on Tuesday, November 15 in front of the New York Public Library in Manhattan to announce a vote by the Regents to support the extension of the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to all students, regardless of immigration status. This change would make it possible for young New Yorkers who were raised in this country without status to attend college and fulfill their potential.
The PSC Delegate Assembly passed a resolution in support of the the state plan, and continues to support the federal DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for young people who meet eligibility requirements such as attending college and performing military service.
“New York is a City built by immigrants and it continues to thrive today because of new waves of immigration. For most of those immigrants, college means CUNY,” said Barbara Bowen, President of the Professional Staff Congress. “Every student deserves an opportunity to attend college and every student with financial need should get TAP, regardless of their documentation status.”