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NY Democrats Give College Tuition Aid to Illegal Immigrants but Block Aid Expansion for Gold Star Families

The New York State budget includes $27 million for college tuition assistance for illegal immigrants while failing to expand tuition assistance for children of parents killed or disabled while serving in the military.

The measure to expand tuition aid for children in Gold Star families was blocked by Democrats in a committee in the New York State Assembly by a 15 to 11 vote.

The Assembly’s Higher Education Committee chair, Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan, explained the vote by citing the budget.

The New York Post reports:

Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), who chairs the committee, said budget constraints weighed against the program expansion, which she estimated would have cost several hundred thousand dollars.

“We will make every effort to ensure going forward, we have some additional resources allocated to the program so that as an entitlement, it is not falling short of the needs of our military families,” she said.

Currently, New York State provides free tuition for children of veterans and is restricted to those disabled or killed in combat areas around the world. The bill that was blocked would have expanded the program to official duty beyond combat.

Earlier this year, both legislative chambers in New York State passed the Dream Act giving illegal alien children access to New York State grants and loans putting them on the same footing as American citizen children.

New York Democrat Governor Andrew Cuomo disagreed with the Assembly vote and promised to add additional funding to expand the free college tuition program for Gold Star families.

Cuomo also touted the expansion of the state’s free college tuition program called The Excelsior Scholarship.

On Twitter, President Trump slammed New York State Democrats:

It’s outrageous New York State is favoring illegal aliens over the children of veterans disabled or killed while serving our country.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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