The latest example comes to us courtesy of New York State.
The New York State Assembly voted to fund college tuition for illegal aliens and refused to fund college tuition for children of fallen and disabled veterans.
The New York Democrats supported spending $27 million to fund the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act. The fund is meant to support illegal immigrants who qualify for state aid for higher education.
A week prior, the Democrats in the State Assembly blocked a bill that would have expanded college tuition aid for the children of deceased and disabled military veterans.
Answer: Because there was not enough money in the state budget for the Gold Star families.
Really? New York State has a $175 billion budget. They had no problem setting aside $27 million for illegal immigrants to go to college; but the children of the fallen and disabled soldiers get nothing.
The Chairwoman of the Education Committee, where the funding was blocked, justified her decision by pointing to an existing program which allocated $2.7 million toward the children of the fallen.
However, by my calculations, $2.7 million is a lot less than $27 million. It is obvious where the Gold Star families rank in the priorities of the New York Democrats.
State Senator Robert Ortt agrees. He was angered by the Democrats’ actions. He said: “Assemblywoman Glick should be ashamed of herself … we set aside $27 million dollars for college for people that are illegally … Apparently, $2.7 million is all that the families of soldiers who are killed, get. If you’re a child of a fallen soldier, you do not rank as high and you know that by the money.”
Democrats across the nation support soft immigration policies, such as their support for funding “sanctuary cites.” Sanctuary cities refuse to enforce federal immigration laws, but still receive federal funds. The Daily Signal reported that in 2017, more than 100 sanctuary cities across America received a total of $27 billion in federal funds. Nearly 300 jurisdictions — states, counties, or cities — have some form of sanctuary policies.
And these cities are run by Democrats, of course.
Illegal immigration is a huge drain on taxpayer dollars. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimated that the total cost to American taxpayers is $116 billion annually. That is $8,075 for each illegal immigrant.
The unlawful immigrants receive government benefits and services on the dime of American taxpayers. Liberals are always talking about how unfair policies are against minorities. It doesn’t seem fair that people who break our laws get supported by American citizens, does it?
The funding of illegals in New York is even more egregious because it funds them at the expense of the children of the fallen.
Our servicemen and women paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. However, liberals in New York prioritize the lives of non-citizens over those of the fallen.
Those who died for our nation deserve to have their children taken care of. These children no longer have parents to take care of them … That is why our nation should ensure that they are looked after.
It is deplorable that the Democrats in New York aren’t properly honoring the sacrifices that our fallen service members made. Our heroes deserve better!