While some state attorneys general are suing to stop President Obama’s immigration executive actions, many state lawmakers are working to address immigration issues within their own states. New York, for example, is trying to pass new reforms to help young immigrants afford college while Colorado legislators try to limit additional funding to the state agency providing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Much of the action on immigration reform was in the states last year, and in 2015, state legislators again have the opportunity to either expand positive measures or hold them back.
Several states are debating policies to allow young undocumented immigrants pay for college. Even though it has passed the state Assembly two years in a row, the New York Senate has failed to pass a bill to allow undocumented immigrants to qualify for state financial aid. Advocates and sponsors of the bill say they will again push for it this year. “We must make this the year we finally pass the DREAM Act which will provide hope and opportunity to thousands of hard-working young New Yorkers who have done everything we could ask of them,” Sen. Jose Peralta, sponsor of the bill in the Senate, said.