Senator Rich Funke
United States of America

Around 146,000 students in New York who have attended New York public schools, some who have been attending New York schools since primary school, are ruled out for financial aid and scholarships for college. This prevents them from achieving higher education in order to pursue professional careers.

What is the one difference between these students and students who are granted aid and scholarships? They are undocumented students. Although they are qualified for college through exemplary hard work and dedication, their residency status obstructs their chances to pursue higher education.

The DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act for New York can help eliminate this problem by extending tuition benefits to these students.

Currently, the State of New York has 30 votes out of the 32 votes needed from the New York State Senate in order to pass the states DREAM Act. This petition is targeting Senator Rich Funke of Rochester who is currently against passing this legislation.

Dear Senator Funke,

We, the students of Geneseo, are signing this petition so you can reconsider your decision to pass the DREAM Act for the State of New York. Your vote will make a significant difference in the passage of this legislation for the State of New York.

The United States of America is a country for new beginnings and new opportunities. One of the opportunities that is highly exalted in this country is the chance to be a part of one of the most prestigious education systems in the world. However, there are costs to receiving such high quality education. Students who come to America to take this opportunity are often left in a limbo after their high school careers because they cannot afford higher education to pursue a college or even a graduate level degree.

As students, we recognize the difficulty and effort it takes to be accepted into a college to pursue a degree in hopes of a successful future. It is disheartening to know that some students who worked with great effort and dedication cannot attend college because they are denied of any scholarships or financial aid.

That is why we want you, honorable Senator, to take action and again, reconsider your decision. The students who signed this petition recognize the economic and social benefits that come with passing this legislation, as well as the morality of it.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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The Approve the New York DREAM Act petition to Senator Rich Funke was written by Eunice Kim and is in the category Education at GoPetition.