- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is backing the so-called Dream Act that would extend state financial aid to students in the country illegally as part of his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.

Cuomo says that he “strongly believes” New York should continue its tradition of welcoming immigrants and honoring their contributions to the economy by enabling undocumented immigrants to apply for state college tuition aid.

The legislation narrowly failed in the state Senate last year and it was left out of the budget agreement crafted by legislative leaders and Cuomo.

Advocates - including Cuomo - had vowed to keep trying.

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