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Dream Act rally in Harrisburg

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 08 2014 09:06:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 08 2014 09:38:28 PM CDT

It's been more than a year since the Pennsylvania Dream Act was introduced in the state Senate, and Tuesday it remains in committee.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -

It's been more than a year since the Pennsylvania Dream Act was introduced in the state Senate, and Tuesday it remains in committee.

So to help motivate legislators to move forward, pro-immigrant groups and Dreamers gathered inside the state's capitol to send them a reminder.

“Each time we come for legislative visits were told it's going to move, it's going to move, but we see a lot of talk and not a lot of action. So we're just here to remind them there are people that would actually benefit from this bill and they can't wait,” said Jorge Salazar with the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

Currently, undocumented students must pay out-of-state tuition and aren't able to apply for financial aid.

If passed, the Pennsylvania Dream Act would allow those students to pay in-state tuition, possibly saving families thousands of dollars, but critics are concerned about what it would cost the state.

Regardless, activists say they at least want the bill out of committee so that lawmakers can finally vote on it.

Sixteen other states have passed similar bills including our neighbors Maryland and, more recently, New Jersey.