New York Assembly Democrats left no doubt as to where their loyalties lie this week. Last week, Democrats approved a state budget that would allocate $27 million in aid to illegal immigrants who wish to attend college.
But when Republicans tried to expand that aid for the children of dead or disabled military veterans? The Higher Education Committee, led by Manhattan Democrat Deborah Glick, blocked the bill, effectively telling voters that it is more important to give tuition aid to illegal aliens than to the families of those who have given their lives for our nation. Her committee voted 15 to 11 to put the bill on ice, forever cementing the Democrats’ warped view of their priorities.
According to the New York Post, Glick lamely insisted that there was no futher money in the budget to help Gold Star families send their kids to college. After all, there’s already a “program that provides $2.7 million to 145” such families. Wonderful. Illegal immigrants only get ten times more assistance from the New York state legislature. That sounds right, eh?
“Assemblywoman Glick should be ashamed of herself,” said State Sen. Robert Ortt, a Republican. “We set aside $27 million dollars for college for people that are here 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.”
Apparently getting a sense of how this situation looks, one Democratic assemblywoman decided to vote for the bill. Judy Griffin said she thinks Democrats will take a closer look at the proposal when the budget comes up for a vote again next year.
“I voted for the bill because I think it’s important, especially after that FDNY firefighter was killed in Afghanistan, so heartbreaking,” Griffin said. “But I voted yes knowing the bill would be held because it was a tough budget year and as the chairwoman said, there just wasn’t the funding in the budget. But now we know for next year, so we will make it a priority and hopefully pass it.”
As far as we can see, there would have been no problem finding money in the budget had you not just wasted all of it sending illegal immigrants to college. Maybe if you shift your mindset on exactly what the taxpayers should be funding, you wouldn’t find yourself with a “tough budget” that forces you to embarrass yourselves on a national stage.