S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2011-2012 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
April 4, 2011
Introduced by M. of A. LINARES, WRIGHT, P. RIVERA, MENG, AUBRY -- read
once and referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations
AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing the New
York dream act providing certain benefits to undocumented immigrants
that satisfy certain criteria
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "New York dream act".
S 2. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 101 to read
S 101. NEW YORK DREAM ACT. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE
DEPARTMENT, A DREAM ACT, WHEREBY UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WHO SATISFY THE
REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION THREE OF THIS SECTION SHALL QUALI-
FY FOR THE BENEFITS SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION.
2. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM:
A. "CERTIFIED COMMUNITY SERVICE" SHALL MEAN A PERIOD OF SERVING THE
COMMUNITY THAT SATISFIES THE REQUIREMENTS PROMULGATED IN THE RULES AND
REGULATIONS AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION FIVE OF THIS SECTION.
B. "ELIGIBLE PERSON" SHALL MEAN ANY INDIVIDUAL THAT MEETS THE CRITERIA
SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION TWO THIS SECTION.
C. "UNDOCUMENTED" SHALL MEAN WITHOUT A VALID IMMIGRATION VISA.
3. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS UNDER SUBDIVISION FOUR OF THIS SECTION,
AN INDIVIDUAL SHALL:
A. HAVE GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL WITH A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR ITS
EQUIVALENT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO A GED;
B. HAVE ENTERED THE UNITED STATES UNDOCUMENTED BEFORE THE AGE OF
C. BE UNDER THE AGE OF THIRTY-FIVE;
D. NOT HAVE BEEN CONVICTED IN THIS STATE OR ANY OTHER STATE OR TERRI-
TORY OF A FELONY;
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
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E. HAVE RESIDED IN NEW YORK STATE FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS BEFORE THE
EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION; AND
F. (I) ENROLL OR BE ENROLLED IN A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY IN THE STATE
OF NEW YORK AND COMPLETE AT LEAST TWO YEARS TOWARDS A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE
WITHIN SIX YEARS; OR
(II) SERVE AT LEAST TWO YEARS IN THE NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD; OR
(III) COMPLETE NINE HUNDRED TEN HOURS OF CERTIFIED COMMUNITY SERVICE.
4. ANY ELIGIBLE PERSON SHALL HAVE ACCESS TO:
A. STATE-FUNDED FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO
GRANTS, LOANS AND SCHOLARSHIPS;
B. NEW YORK STATE IDENTIFICATION OR DRIVERS' LICENSES;
C. WORK OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE STATE OF NEW YORK; AND
D. NEW YORK STATE HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS.
5. THE SECRETARY SHALL PROMULGATE RULES AND REGULATIONS TO EFFECT THE
PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION AND TO FURTHER DEFINE THE REQUIREMENTS AND
BENEFITS OF THIS SECTION.
S 3. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law; provided, however, that effective immediate-
ly, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation
necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date are
authorized and directed to be made and completed on or before such