Sen. Smith: ‘They need to have access to higher education’
By Bob Makin
For the second time this year, a Central Jersey municipality has passed a resolution supporting state legislation that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and obtain state financial aid to attend public universities and colleges.
Earlier this month, New Brunswick City Council followed in the steps of Plainfield, which had passed a resolution in January.
The measures address one of many issues related to immigration reform, but like comprehensive federal legislation, state efforts to make college more affordable for undocumented students have stalled for more than 10 years in Trenton. It is meaningfully symbolic that authorities in Plainfield and New Brunswick, as well as Passaic and Jersey City, passed and sent resolutions to state representatives in the hopes of moving the legislation forward, said Marisol Conde-Hernandez, founder of the New Jersey DREAM Act Coalition.