From the Daily News:
New York City plans to spend $18 million over the next two years to help immigrants who came to the United States illegally as children land legal jobs and get driver’s licenses.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn — flexing the power of her office in the midst of a tough election fight as she runs for mayor — will announce the effort Wednesday.
It’s geared toward helping more young New Yorkers qualify for President Barack Obama’s year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, which lets undocumented immigrants who came the U.S. before age 16 and were younger than 31 on June 15, 2012, get driver’s licenses and Social Security cards.
As many as 79,000 New Yorkers meet the age and immigration requirements for the program, Quinn says, but as many as 16,000 of them could be disqualified because the strict program requires applicants to have graduated from high school, earned a GED or be currently working toward a diploma.
The $18 million from the City Council will fund adult education classes and GED programs for people who need help meeting the education requirements.
Why do we need to help adults? I thought they were supposed to be welcomed because they were here "doing the jobs Americans won't do?" Haven't we heard that they and their kids are all successful and contribute positively to the economy?
Wouldn't this money be better spent helping American kids instead of helping people who don't belong here compete with American kids?
What school or park is falling apart and could have used $18M?