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During her sophomore year at Southern Connecticut State University, Cinthia Perez and her younger brother dropped out. They decided to work full-time because the family was struggling to pay tuition out-of-pocket.  

Perez said, “It was really hard for my mom, especially. She was like, ‘No, I want you guys to go to college because that would be the main key to help everyone in the family.’ But then we were like, ‘It was either that, or we’re just not going to have any food at home.’”

A group of students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children are pressuring Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy to take executive action to make them eligible for institutional college financial aid.  Malloy doesn’t know if he can legally do that.

Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up”, when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote.

The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. The 30 to 29 vote defeating the Dream Act left leaders of rival Democratic factions pointing fingers.

Karen DeWitt

New York Assembly Democrats  approved  the Dream Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit.