Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-Brooklyn, Staten Island) recently expressed her opposition to Assembly bill 10807, which was introduced last weekend and would offer illegal immigrants financial aid to attend college in New York. With The Project on Student Debt reporting that the average 2010 college graduate in New York is facing more than $26,000 worth of student loan debt, Malliotakis indicated that this bill would misappropriate funds at a time when American students and families desperately need them.
“There are countless students born and raised in the United States, as well as hardworking immigrant families who are here legally and struggling to pay for college,” said Malliotakis, the daughter of immigrants. “As someone who worked through college and came from a family that sacrificed to afford my education, I know the financial toll that tuition takes on a family. In a time of fiscal turmoil when education funding is scarce, these Americans must be our priority. To take taxpayer resources away from American citizens to give to illegal aliens is just plain wrong.”
Taxpayer-funded programs that would be made available to illegal aliens under the legislation include:
- Tuition Assistance Program (TAP);
- Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP);
- Educational Opportunity Program (EOP);
- Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP); and
- Opportunity programs available at community colleges.