"For many undocumented immigrants, America is the only country they know. In their hearts and minds they are American. Sadly, Republicans either can't, or choose not to understand this. By blocking the Dream Act, they denied millions of undocumented Americans the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
"The president's executive order will at least afford undocumented Americans the chance to come out from the shadows and enter the economic mainstream.
Inside City Hall hosted a debate on the merits of the state Dream Act, a bill that would give college financial aid to undocumented immigrants with State Senator Jose Peralta, a Democrat from Queens and a leading opponent, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, a Republican whose Assembly district covers parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn.