New York State Youth Leadership Council

Walk to Albany: Undocumented Youth Reach Destination!



Apr 12



Undocumented Youth Reach Destination!

150-mile walk shows determination and urgency to get New York Dream Act in 2012!

Monday, April 16, 2012
Contact: Martin 949-395-3911

New York, NY. On April 17th, 2012, after walking 150 miles, fifteen undocumented youth and supporters from the New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC) will arrive to Albany. This long journey was started on April 9th in an effort to gather more support from Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for the New York Dream Act (S4179/A6829). This state bill, which was introduced in March 2011 by Senator Perkins and Assemblyman Linares, would provide access to state-funded financial aid (TAP) and scholarships to qualifying undocumented youth.

This group of 15 courageous and tenacious undocumented youth and supporters walked miles and miles sharing their stories and struggles with community members and legislators along the way. This walk is our urgent call to our elected officials to pass the New York Dream Act this year. The New York Dream Act makes financial sense and economic sense. As the walker Luis Saavedra states, “I am walking because any student aspiring to higher education should have equal access to it and the NY DREAM Act is the path to take.” The New York Dream Act will build a bigger sense of community within undocumented youth that will encourage them to stay and contribute to the state economy. Most importantly, it will help New York re-establish a sense of leadership as a beacon for immigrant rights in a time when the undocumented are facing draconian, anti-immigrant measures in many other states.

WHAT: Press conference to welcome NYSYLC’s walkers from “Walk to Albany”
Undocumented youth, community leaders, and elected officials including Sen. Perkins and Assemblyman Linares
WHEN: Press conference starts at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
WHERE: Steps of the State Education Building (89 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210)
WHY: Undocumented youth need the NY Dream Act to reach their academic goals and contribute to their families and communities. Our state needs the New York Dream Act in 2012!

To read more information about the walkers and their stories, see here
For media inquiries, contact Martin at 949-395-3911

The NYSYLC is a youth led organization that seeks to improve access to higher education and creating equal opportunity for immigrant youth and children of immigrants, regardless of immigration status through leadership development, organizing and advocacy. The National Immigrant Youth Alliance (NIYA) is an undocumented youth-led network of grassroots organizations, campus-based student groups and individuals committed to achieving equality for all immigrant youth, regardless of their legal status.
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